Think you know all there is to know about the Costa Cálida? Hang a right at Alicante Airport, head away from the too-busy Benidorm beaches and discover Murcia’s golden sands, crystal seas and fabulous spirit of adventure. It’s the region to make you fall in love with southern Spain all over again and made for family holidays, here are just ten good reasons why.
1/10 Terra Natura, Murcia
The region’s biggest waterpark is a fun change from the beach. Simply designed for speed and smooth riding, Terra Natura’s giant slides and chutes are combined with vast, sparkling pools and long, calming lazy rivers. Cute splash-around play areas are inventive and colourful for under 5s. And cheerful, family-friendly chiringuitos add a beachy vibe, just in case you forget you’re in the warm, sunny south of Spain for a minute.
Natural habitats are the rule in the park’s eco-zoo and kids can track keepers, get involved at feeding times, learn about the wild residents and even stay after-hours for a Night Safari. Try to time your visit to catch one of the falconry displays, graceful birds of prey soaring in a blue summer sky is an awe-inspiring sight.
Where: Espinardo, 10 minutes north of Murcia city centre.
When: April to September, 10am to 7pm
Cost: Children £8 and Adults £13