Travel

Murica, Spain

August 11, 2016

My latest adventure to Spain was filled with food (although it didn’t survive long enough to be pictured), exploring and, of course, sun.

Murcia, much like a lot of Southern Spain, is filled with vast expanses of barren ‘desert’. However, we found little oases and pockets of life in this searing region.

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Cartagena is a port city nestled inside 5 mountains and carefully hidden within nature’s arms of the Sierra Minera, the Mar Menor and a now dried up Lagoon. This city oozes character and charm, yet is clean and crisp throughout.

Wandering through a city's streets is the best way to properly understand a new place.

Wandering through a city’s streets is the best way to properly understand a new place.

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We definitely weren’t lost, just exploring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its port, still working today, is naturally protected and enclosed by a defensive formation of hills, only leaving a small opening at the mouth of the sea. These unique geographical features, not only create an all-natural intrigue , but the ideal place for settlers, even in pre-historic times. The oldest human remains being discovered here at 1.3 million years old.

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There is something beautiful about watching people hurry about their daily lives. Sit back (in a quaint little tapas bar) and let the world pass by.

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Statue in honour of actor Isidoro Máiquez (1768-1820)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spain 18spain 19It is steeped in history: from the Neolithic man to the Romans and the Austrias . All of those presences can be easily seen and enjoyed, especially  through the large museum in the centre, crammed with well preserved artefacts.

The Roman Amphitheater Remains. ROMAN INFO

The Roman Amphitheater Remains. Don’t be deceived, this Roman amphitheater is overwhelmingly huge, engulfing all it’s curious visitors. Hello ant people!

The Romans ended the rule of the Carthaginians in 209 BC and led Cartagena to flourish and develop in a period of wealth and extravagance, the Amphitheatre being one sign of this.

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A Froyo (or several) was definitely needed to cool off from the heat. Any excuse really. Shame they only had the largest tubs left…

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Cabo de Palos is your typical Spanish port town, with fishing rooted at it’s core. Seafood restaurants line the harbour’s edge making a perfect place to dine. I love the Spanish food, to say the least, especially the fresh fish, and a picturesque backdrop definitely makes it even tastier.

As you can see, I love a good sunset. The clear skies and mountainous backdrop pair together for a beautiful scenic shot. And when the dying light hits the water, well, need I say more?

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I’m not convinced we can call them islands? But these protruding rock formations were intriguing to circle and admire.

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Nothing is better than blissfully bobbing on the Mediterranean whilst lapping up the sun. Boat days really are unbeatable. We were lucky enough to enjoy snorkelling amongst all the fish, of which there were thousands thanks to the areas being environmentally protected. Coaxing them to the surface with bread (and an unorthodox helping of paella-oops) we quickly become engulfed in schools of dazzling silver. Amazing, yet a little unsettling.

Follow the yellow plank road... This long and twisting track led us to a beautiful stretch of beach in the middle of Caliblanque's Nature Reserve.

It wouldn’t have been a holiday in Spain without a trip to the beach, the only question is: which one?

This long and twisting track led us to a beautiful stretch of beach in the middle of Calblanque‘s Nature Reserve. The cliche stands true: sun, sea and sand really is the golden trio.

Evening Outfit - Top: Brandy Melville, Skirt: New Look, Shoes: TopShop.

Evening Outfit – Top: Brandy Melville, Skirt: New Look, Shoes: TopShop.

Merribel Restaurant's Terrace view overlooking the mountains.

Merribel Restaurant’s Terrace view overlooking the mountains. The fairy lights and lanterns make for a magical set-up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish evenings are unlike any other, with their warmth and festivities continuing into the early hours, or in a lot of cases starting then!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alyssa Banks August 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I’d never heard of Cartagena before, but it looks gorgeous! Amazing photos. Adding it to my travel bucket list xox

    • Reply Mimi August 12, 2016 at 10:48 am

      It isn’t very well known on the ‘tourist’ map but parts of it are so gorgeous! Thank you – it is definitely worth a visit!X

  • Reply Suze - Luxury Columnist August 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    The ampitheatre looks amazing, so much history! I’d love to visit Murcia – by the way your evening outfit is really stylish!

    • Reply Mimi August 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

      It was- I would definitely recommend a visit! Do, the region is full of hidden treasures! Thank you xx

  • Reply Esmé Ara'resa August 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    The region is so intricate and rich with history, you’ve captured it beautifully. Lovely post, Mimi!

    • Reply Mimi August 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thank you Esmé! There is definetly a lot more to Murcia than meets the eye x

  • Reply bettyl - NZ September 19, 2016 at 4:57 am

    It looks like a wonderful place for an adventure! Love the old architecture.

    • Reply Mimi September 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      So true! I love how historically complex and intriguing it is, and this is shown through the gorgeous old architecture! X

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