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01st Nov 2023

‘Garden of Europe’ where it’s 23C in winter and pints cost €2

Charlie Herbert


The perfect cure for winter blues.

As winter looms into view, you may be looking for a last-minute getaway to soak up some sunshine away from the dark nights and chilly mornings.

But with Christmas on the horizon, you probably don’t want to break the bank with a long-haul flight to the other side of the world.

So how about a little trip to the south of Spain?

Murcia: The ‘Garden of Europe’ where it’s 23C in winter and pints cost €2.

This is where you can find the city of Murcia, in between Alicante and Cartagena but a bit further inland than either of these.

It’s not far from the coast though, and due to its location, it is still pretty warm and sunny there in the winter months.

Ireland and the UK are set to be hit by Storm Ciarán in the coming days – bringing gale-force winds, rain and temperatures only just reaching double figures.

The locals in Murcia, however, will be enjoying temperatures north of 20C this week.

Even by the middle of winter, temperatures will probably still average out in the high teens.

Due to the surrounding green fields, valleys and mountains, the region surrounding Murcia is often known as the ‘Garden of Europe,’ with fruit and vegetables grown there.

Of course, because this is Spain we’re talking about, the food is also fantastic and there’s plenty of culture and history to soak up such as Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Cardenal Belluga Square.

On top of all this, you can find a pint in the town for just €2. Dublin Airport also have direct flights to Murcia. It sounds like it’s time to dust off the passport…

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