New Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz is currently on top of the golfing world but his roots in the Murcia region are considerably more modest. The 20-year-old tennis star spent his younger years playing in the small town of El Palmar, which overlooks the capital city and has erected a new mural of Alcaraz in action that travellers can view when entering the village.
Alcaraz is also an official ambassador of the Murcia region, promoting its popular Costa Cálida resorts to an even wider global audience since his stunning victory in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. That win, his second in a Grand Slam event following last year’s US Open triumph, returned him to number one spot in the international tennis rankings.
In a press statement lauding Alcaraz’s latest victory, Spain.Info (the country’s official tourism website) noted that the Murcia region receives 300 days of sunshine a year and is an ideal spot for active tourists.
“Travellers can enjoy a game of tennis in many areas of the region, including at the newly renovated La Manga Club, which is one of Europe’s premier sport and leisure destinations. The Racquets Club has recently undergone an exciting transformation to upgrade facilities and install a state-of-the-art fitness hub and pádel centre.
“While in the region, travellers can continue the adventure by going on treks through the Sierra Espuña Nature Park, Murcia’s prime eco-tourist destination, or a relaxed walk along the stunning beaches of Calblanque. The Mar Menor is one of Spain’s most highly appreciated watercourses. With its warm, shallow waters and its mild temperatures, visitors can enjoy the sunshine and nautical sports 365 days a year.
“The Costa Cálida also offers some of the best cycling trails in the country. One of the most coveted routes both starts and finishes in Los Alcázares, a coastal spa town near the Mar Menor, providing a variety of terrain and scenery as well as being suitable for cyclists of all fitness levels.”
In addition, noted Spain.Info, the region is well connected to the UK, with frequent departures from 10 airports to Corvera Airport Murcia, including a newly launched flight route from London Luton (departing twice weekly).