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Adventure-seeking travellers are being invited to “dive into the natural beauty of the Costa Cálida” this summer. According to tourism authorities, visitors can immerse themselves in “an underwater experience like no other, in the region’s five spectacular diving hotspots” – while also enjoying an in-depth look at Murcia’s history. Extending along Spain’s picturesque Mediterranean coastline… Read more about Summer Underwater Wonderland on the Costa Cálida The post...
Adventure-seeking travellers are being invited to “dive into the natural beauty of the Costa Cálida” this summer. According to tourism authorities, visitors can immerse themselves in “an underwater experience like no other, in the region’s five spectacular diving hotspots” – while also enjoying an in-depth look at Murcia’s history.
Extending along Spain’s picturesque Mediterranean coastline – and well-connected to the UK and several other European countries via the modern Corvera Airport Murcia – the Costa Cálida (“Warm Coast”) is described as being home to Europe’s most comprehensive range of diving sites, renowned for historic shipwrecks and diverse marine life, flora and fauna.
The Murcia region is blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, an average temperature of 19 degrees and a serene coastline popular not only with visitors passionate about diving but also other keen water sports enthusiasts.
Two protected marine reserves – Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas and Cartagena-La Azohía-Cabo Tiñoso – provide crystal-clear waters and enchanting seabeds, plus the possibility of finding archaeological remains. In short, the ideal conditions for uninterrupted diving and discovery.
In fact, Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas was included among a National Geographic list of the best places to dive in the world, and it has also been declared the best European destination for scuba diving.
La Manga Isla Grosa, Mazarrón and Águilas also offer memorable experiences for divers. Located in deserted coves and below looming cliffs, the warm and calm Mediterranean waters are protected from currents – and are at the optimum temperature to ensure an extensive variety of sea life can flourish.
“Surrounded by seaweed and marine vegetation, the reefs around Murcia generate veritable aquariums and charming underwater gardens that can’t be seen anywhere else in Spain.”
All the main diving hotspots offer water-loving tourists the opportunity of enjoying everything from relatively easy dives in shallow waters to more challenging routes recommended for experienced divers only.
The region is home to 16 diving centres offering courses and diving trips for visitors of all levels: from eye-opening initial experiences for beginners to more technical dives around large shipwrecks and in underwater caves and crevices, suitable for accomplished divers.
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Feeling safe during holidays abroad begins at the departure airport and continues all the way to the destination hotel or rented accommodation. Just as important, however, is receiving cast-iron reassurances that, once settled into your temporary home away from home, you can move around and enjoy the local attractions with equally strict guarantees of health… Read more about Murcia Promotes Inland Areas As Part of “Safe Tourism” Campaign The post Murcia Promotes Inland Areas...
Feeling safe during holidays abroad begins at the departure airport and continues all the way to the destination hotel or rented accommodation. Just as important, however, is receiving cast-iron reassurances that, once settled into your temporary home away from home, you can move around and enjoy the local attractions with equally strict guarantees of health and safety firmly in place.
The Murcia region, which takes in southern Spain’s popular Costa Cálida resort areas, is universally recognised for its firm commitment to providing safe holiday experiences and protecting visitors from any potential health risks. This was highlighted once again this week when the region’s network of tourist offices and information stands became the first in Spain to receive the “Safe Tourism Certified” stamp from the Spanish Tourist Quality Institute (ICTE).
Ceremonies were held first on the coast (in San Pedro del Pinatar) and later in the town of Mula to formally present the certifications, as part of a special summer tourism campaign aimed at highlighting the many diverse – and safe – attractions of Murcia’s 13 inland municipalities.
Presiding over the ceremonies were the regional minister for tourism, youth and sport, Cristina Sánchez, ICTE director Fernando Fraile and San Pedro del Pinatar mayoress Visitación Martínez.
In total, 25 offices received the ISO 9001 quality distinction (including Murcia capital and other key centres such as Cartagena, Lorca and Mazarrón), as well as information stands in Los Narejos and at Corvera Airport Murcia (officially, Aeropuerto Internacional de la Región de Murcia).
Noting that the ministry would continue to offer advice and support for the remaining offices and stands in the network to obtain the same certification, Cristina Sánchez said the process was initiated to provide maximum risk prevention guarantees for visitors – throughout the whole tourist sector chain. It also, she added, ensured compliance with health and governmental protocols set up to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has been a great challenge,” she said, “and a matter of pride for the ministry’s team that this first point of contact with arriving tourists is a safe and officially certified space, offering the highest level of security in Spain.”
In addition to the newly-certified offices and stands, several other tourist establishments in the Murcia region have been granted “Safe Tourism” distinctions, including the Terra Natura theme park, the maritime transport company Transbordos en Mar Menor, and 14 beaches in San Javier.
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Spanish government and tourist authorities have stressed that British tourists would be safer in their favourite holiday destinations in Spain – including Murcia – than back home in the UK. In a TV interview following the UK government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on tourists returning from Spain, prime minister Pedro Sánchez said he… Read more about Safer in Spain’s Popular Tourist Destinations than in the UK: Prime Minister Sánchez The post Safer in Spain’s...
Spanish government and tourist authorities have stressed that British tourists would be safer in their favourite holiday destinations in Spain – including Murcia – than back home in the UK.
In a TV interview following the UK government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on tourists returning from Spain, prime minister Pedro Sánchez said he believed the decision was a “mistake”, not only to impose the quarantine but also to issue official recommendations to potential travellers warning against visiting Spain.
Calling on the UK to reconsider its stance, Sánchez said the quarantine measure was “unjust” from an epidemiological point of view, as “many regions in Spain now have rates of accumulated contagion incidences that are lower than even the European average”.
He stressed it was “safer” to visit the most popular regions favoured by British tourists – among them Murcia and the Costa Cálida – than to areas in their own country.
Expressing the view that Spain was not in the throes of a second wave of the pandemic, the prime minister nevertheless called on people to show “individual responsibility” in limiting its spread. He argued that 64.5 per cent of the new cases were focused in two regions, Cataluña and Aragón, adding that 34 per cent of the “clusters” were associated with family meetings and social gatherings. It was in these specific areas, he said, where health authorities were “maximising” precautionary measures.
Echoing the prime minister’s comments, foreign minister Arancha González Laya said, “Spain is a safe country. Like any other country around the world that has managed to control COVID-19, Spain is working to isolate cases as soon as they appear, trace the contacts, and make sure we treat them and separate them so that the rest of the country can get on with their lives and the economy can continue, and that tourists can continue to enjoy Spain.”
She said the Spanish government would continue to work with other European governments to “reassure them and to send a message of confidence”. The three largest outbreaks, said González Laya, in Barcelona, Zaragoza and Lleida, were under control, and their regional governments were following early-detection protocols agreed with the national government in Madrid.
Key representatives in the airline industry, including British Airways, have also heavily criticised the quarantine decision. EasyJet, which operates regular flights between Corvera Murcia Airport and London Gatwick and Bristol, told SimpleFlying it was disappointed the UK government had imposed a quarantine requirement for the whole of Spain as the increased occurrence of coronavirus was regional rather than nationwide.
“We plan to operate our full schedule in the coming days. Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking. Should any flights be cancelled for later in August customers will be notified and informed of their options, which includes transferring to an alternative flight free of charge, receiving a voucher or applying for a refund via a webform on our dedicated Covid Help Hub at EasyJet.com.”
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Holiday establishments and destinations around Spain are offering even more attractive deals than normal this summer to encourage tourists to visit – both national Spanish and international travellers. With low-cost airlines also returning to the air with great-value flight discounts – to ever-popular holiday areas such as Murcia and the extended Costa Cálida – now… Read more about Excellent-Value Holidays in Murcia and on the Costa Cálida The post Excellent-Value Holidays in...
Holiday establishments and destinations around Spain are offering even more attractive deals than normal this summer to encourage tourists to visit – both national Spanish and international travellers. With low-cost airlines also returning to the air with great-value flight discounts – to ever-popular holiday areas such as Murcia and the extended Costa Cálida – now is an excellent time to try to forget the past few months of coronavirus lockdowns and transport restrictions and enjoy a sun-blessed and relatively inexpensive Spanish holiday.
So where should you head? What are the cheapest places in Spain, bearing in mind you not only want a budget holiday but also one in a safe environment and with all the trimmings and convenience of a modern tourist infrastructure?
According to a study by Weekendesk.es – a portal specialising in thematic getaways for under €100 a night – Murcia has experienced the largest drop in prices this summer (15 per cent), with an average cost of €90 (second behind Asturias).
Of course, the added advantage for international visitors – especially those travelling from the UK – is that Murcia is serviced by a modern (inaugurated in January 2019) airport in Corvera with excellent connections to other parts of the region and major Costa Cálida resorts along the Mediterranean.
One of the key operators at Corvera Murcia Airport is Jet2.com, which has been gradually boosting its Europe-wide summer schedule since mid-July – including flights between Murcia and Birmingham and Manchester, and others due to be re-launched later this month.
Announcing the company’s plans, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy said, “We have been saying for some time that the sun will shine again and that, when it does, we will be there to take customers away on their well-deserved holidays.
“The safety, well-being and comfort of our customers is our number one priority. Thanks to our three-step pledge, customers are in the safest hands when they travel with us… These have been incredibly uncertain and difficult times for everyone, and we have been very busy looking after our customers and doing the right thing for them.”
Jet2’s website highlights some of the key reasons why holidaymakers should choose Murcia and the Costa Cálida…
“The beaches in these parts are pretty special, while the gorgeous resorts are a mix of culture, palm-fringed promenades and all things authentic Spain. Don’t miss Cartagena, a city clad with colour and olde-worlde charm.” (Cartagena’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.)
The Murcia coastline (and inland) is renowned for its golf options, enhanced by the sunny year-round climate. “From the championship golf course in Playa de Orihuela, to the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Mazarrón, you’re sure to be teeing off in style thanks to these spectacular surroundings.”
And for history buffs… “a popular place to visit is the 18th-century square La Glorieta in the centre of Murcia, and the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral of Santa Maria always attracts visitors. Visit the Museum de la Ciudad for historical artefacts of the city, or check out the Museo de la Ciencia y el Agua for exciting interactive exhibits.”
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They started in the Canary Islands, then travelled to the Balearics and this week King Felipe VII and Queen Letizia headed to Murcia as part of a tour around Spain to help promote summer tourism. The main aim of the tour, scheduled to eventually cover all of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, is to send the… Read more about Spanish Royals Visit Murcia on Nationwide Tourist Promotion Tour The post Spanish Royals Visit Murcia on Nationwide Tourist Promotion Tour appeared first on Corvera...
They started in the Canary Islands, then travelled to the Balearics and this week King Felipe VII and Queen Letizia headed to Murcia as part of a tour around Spain to help promote summer tourism.
The main aim of the tour, scheduled to eventually cover all of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, is to send the message that “Spain is back in business” and support Spain’s tourist, economic and social recovery following the lifting of the 98-day “State of Alarm”.
The royal couple are personally visiting major hotspots, urging international tourists to visit the country and national holidaymakers to once again travel to popular coastal and inland resorts this summer.
During one of their stopovers, mingling with tourists and holding talks with local authorities and business leaders, King Felipe said they wanted to encourage people to resume their holiday plans and help lift their spirits.
Their visit to the Murcia region included a tour of the La Carrichosa fruit and vegetable cooperative in Cieza, and the Murcia Biohealth Research Institute, which is working on major scientific projects related to COVID-19.
The tour is just one key initiative of a multi-million-euro campaign by the Spanish government to try to salvage this year’s peak summer tourist season – and beyond.
Others include a “Responsible Tourism” seal of quality created by the state secretariat of tourism for establishments that follow the “Guidelines on Measures to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Tourism Sector”, the only measures approved by the ministry of health.
According to the state secretary for tourism, Isabel Oliver, “offering confidence and safety is essential at the moment for re-attracting both domestic and international travellers. This seal of quality is yet another tool in our strategy to re-position Spain as a safe tourist destination for everyone.
“It is also a way to recognise the responsibility of those business leaders who make an effort to create a safe environment in their respective businesses, not only for tourists but also for their own workers and local residents.”
In addition, Turespaña, the official tourist promotion board attached to the ministry of industry, trade and tourism, has released a new video on social media as part of the campaign “Spain is Waiting for You” – with the hashtag #EspañaTeEspera.
Announcing details of the video campaign, Isabel Oliver (also head of Turespaña), said, “Spain is ready to receive foreign tourists under safe conditions as from 1 July and it will do this with its customary warmth and hospitality. Through this video, we want to encourage you to plan your holidays to our country now, where you will be able to find a broad and diverse tourism offer that will live up to any expectations.”
The video “invites you to not stop dreaming of Spain, shows some of the strengths of our country as a tourist destination in terms of natural areas, heritage, beaches and cities, and also alludes to the poet Antonio Machado”.
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Spanish health and tourism authorities have been working closely in tandem to prepare for the return of international travellers – with Corvera Airport Murcia at the forefront of implementing crucial “new normality” measures. Although one of Spain’s newest international airports (opened in January 2019), Corvera Murcia has already proved to be a valuable transport hub… Read more about Corvera Airport Murcia Back in Operation as International Gateway to Costa Cálida The post...
Spanish health and tourism authorities have been working closely in tandem to prepare for the return of international travellers – with Corvera Airport Murcia at the forefront of implementing crucial “new normality” measures.
Although one of Spain’s newest international airports (opened in January 2019), Corvera Murcia has already proved to be a valuable transport hub for travellers from the UK and other parts of Europe. It is conveniently located for those holidaying in resorts along the popular Costa Cálida – which takes in such tourist hotspots as San Javier, Cartagena, La Manga and Mazarrón – and offers several attractive low-cost routes.
The first flight arriving at Corvera Airport Murcia after the international restrictions were lifted was from Manchester on 1 July. Airport authorities had spent the morning completing a thorough check of the state of the amenities and security procedures in place to avoid possible COVID-19 infections, visiting key restricted areas (check-in, departure gates and baggage collection) and monitoring the international health department’s thermography equipment.
In an interview with Onda Regional, Airlines Association spokeswoman Carolina Herrero said aircraft were now the most secure means of transport, because airline companies had gone even further with their measures than what was stipulated by European authorities. Also, she added, aircraft were fitted with air filtration and renewal systems that were especially appropriate in avoiding the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.
Herrero reported that, following the first flight on Wednesday, others were scheduled for 2 July, Dublin (Ireland) and Palma de Mallorca, both also operated by Ryanair; while the same company planned a connection with Glasgow (Scotland) on 3 July.
The second airline scheduled to renew operations at Corvera Airport Murcia after the lockdown is Volotea, resuming its connection with Oviedo and inaugurating a Bilbao flight. Then Binter is due to resume flights to and from the Canary Islands on 4 July.
Meanwhile, Jet2 is set to relaunch its UK schedule linking Birmingham (15 July) and Manchester (17 July), and EasyJet plans flight connections with London (14 July) and Bristol (17 July).
Later, other summer flights are planned by Ryanair for London, Bournemouth and Birmingham in August, and by EasyJet for Southend.
In an official statement released as Corvera Airport Murcia prepared to re-open, Aena (Spain’s main airport authority) noted that its safety protocols would include measures related to cleaning and disinfection, safe distancing, general protection measures, signage and information, regular communication, and ongoing adaptation of airport procedures and infrastructure.
Specifically, informative posters and boards have been placed at key points around the airport (check-in desks, security filters, lifts, information stands, boarding gates, toilets, etc.), while other measures include distancing lines and footprints (indicating passenger circulation flows), hydro-alcoholic gel dispensers, messages on digital screens, and protective screens. In addition, messages are being issued through the airport’s public address system to inform passengers of the need to wear a mask at all times and to maintain personal social distancing throughout the terminal.
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