Hy everybody, I'm planning a travel to Valencia next 22nd of April.
We will be 12 friends, and we are planning a round trip from Valencia to Alicante, Murcia Cartagena.We are going to stay until the 26th of april.
we have to find 2 cheap accomodations, (max. 30 euros per person per night); one in valencia, the other in Alicante (or cartagena or Murcia).
I don't know very well the south part of Spain, so any suggestion for accomodation, place to visit, things to do, "must" to taste etc are welcome.
we are not going to reach granada and sevilla, although we would like, because they are too far, and we do not want to spend all our vacations driving.
p.s. we are going to rent a car, so we can move everywhere without any problem.
Let´s see... I have not idea about cheap acommodation in the region...though i think it won´t be a big problem to find something for the budget u say u have... in valencia maybe u´d like to check in Valencia a hostel called Home i think they have to different buildings but in the very city center both of them. No idea about Murcia..
In Valencia you can spend 3 days visiting the city and then in your way down to Alicante go through the Natural Park called "Albufera de Valencia" worth to visit it and some of fisherman villages around it. Here you will have to order in advance PAELLA or ALL i PEBRE... then go on ur way south following the coast maybe until Altea to walk the white village on the top of the mountain, excellent view of sea and surrounding area.
You should consider visiting the inner region of ALicante, at least investigate villages like Finestrat and some others i don´t remember the name by heart but they are in the way to Callosa d´En Sarrià, with some beautiful waterfalls. Near Finestrat monster Benidorm, a city born under Franco´s dictaturship from a small fishermen village in the 1950 to become the city filled of skycrapers that´s today, though maybe some alcoholic/disco nights not too much to see (maybe some of the few old city center streets near city hall)though it depends on what you are looking for.
In Alicante maybe visit to the castle (?), and in the way down to Alicante: Elche with its Palmeral ( Huge Palm tree reserve) and Guardamar del Segura (where besides a touristic village you´ll find a beautifull natural dune system)
Murcia: you have to try Pastel de carne (salty meat cake) walk the city, nothing spectacular but really nice small city to spend one afternoon walking its streets. In Cartagena you have a lot of ancient ruins...
I hope it has been helpful for you...if u have any other question... just tell it.. (though i´ll be out for the next week)
I like the area. About the Costa Cálida-Mar Menor region you have some information at Lo Pagan website.
With a car you have plenty of places to visit. And during April, you have two possitive facts: good weather (warm, not very hot like during summer) and not too many people.
muchas gracias chichos!!!