5.Murcia to Mojacar Playa (via new toll Road – 11 euros…ish?).
to Mojacar Playa (via new toll Road – 11 euros…ish?).
raving about this new road, as it apparently can cut the time to
around 70/80 mins. There are reports of poor signage however so
you should allow a couple of hours in case & remember, it’s
advisable to watch your speed, as the old bill have been calculating
speed between tolls.
WHEN LEAVING THE AIRPORT GO STRAIGHT AHEAD AT THE FIRST AND SECOND
ROUNDABOUTS, UNDER THE DUAL-CARRIAGEWAY, FOLLOWING SIGNS FOR CARTEGENA.
AT THE THIRD ROUNDABOUT TURN LEFT ON TO THE AP7 FOLLOWING SIGNS
FOR CARTAGENA AND MURCIA.
FIFTEEN TO TWENTY KILOMETRES ALONG THE AP7 LOOK FOR A SMALL SIGN
WHICH INDICATES ALMERIA, THE JUNCTION NUMBER IS 800 (keep your speed
down, as this sign can be easy to miss). TURN OFF HERE AND YOU WILL
SEE ANOTHER SIGN INDICATING ALICANTE, ALMERIA AND VERA, AT THE ROUNDABOUT
GO APPROXIMATELY THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY ROUND & THERE IS
A SIGN POST POINTING TO MURCIA, VERA, ALMERIA, TAKE THIS EXIT ON
TO THE AP7 AND FOLLOW THIS ROAD TO THE TOLL BOOTH (approx. 35k after
leaving the airport).
ONCE ON THE NEW MOTORWAY, CONTINUE FOR AROUND 130Km (estimated)
UNTIL IT MEETS THE E15/A7. HEAD ON THIS ROAD TOWARDS ALMERIA AND
EXIT AT JUNCTION 525.
As you come to the top of the slip road turn left (over the motorway)
and then right onto the N340 towards Los Gallardos. This road runs
parallel with the motorway for a while before you reach a junction
on the left (A370 – Garrucha).
Take this road towards Garrucha, past a petrol station on the left,
and keep going, avoiding signs for Turre on the right. You will
eventually come to an option to turn right for Mojacar and Carboneras.
Turn right here and follow the bypass to its end, which brings you
out to a roundabout with a petrol garage opposite.
Take the last exit at this roundabout for The Playa and Carboneras.
The road will continue down and you will soon arrive at The Playa,
with the Parque Commercial shopping centre on the left hand side.
(Nice little shopping centre with lots of boutiques, gift shops,
cafes, restaurants and a supermarket on the lower level). This is
where you will find bank cash points.
At the roundabout, turn right sign posted Carboneras (if you turn
left this takes you to the fishing town Garrucha). You are now in
Mojacar Playa and this road takes you alongside the beach.
Follow this road along for about 3.5km, past various bars, restaurants
and shops. You will go past the Parator hotel, El Arbol (supermarket),
Ferreteria Lopez (hardware/DIY store – worth a visit just
to see what they don’t sell in there!), next to Lopez and
before Mr UK, is Pollo Agados, which sells wonderful take-away dishes;
past the camp site on the right hand side, you will also see lots
of beach bars (chiranquitos on the left hand side, these are well
worth a visit at lunchtime), a new roundabout with the Red Cross
Centre on the left hand side, opposite a large Pharmacy with a green
cross, more bars and restaurants and another new roundabout with
the riding stables on left hand side and La Gaviota on the right.
Further along past the Irish Rover bar on the left hand side and
Bar Lua (fantastic beach bar) on the left hand side. Just along
the next stretch of bars/restaurants you will come to a zebra crossing
where you turn right between Northover Removals and Essentials Bar.
Look out for a restaurant called Case Egea (big wooden brown sign)
in the same parade of shops on the right.
Follow this road up and turn right into Calle Diamarca.
Take the next left into Calle Mesquite
You can either take the next right Calle Alhambra and go right to
the end and park your car at the bottom of the steps on the left
hand side. These steps will take you up to the gardens of Alcazaba.
Once you’ve reached the gardens of Alcazaba you need to follow
the path to the left hand side, which takes you to the access road
at the rear of the apartments. Towards the bottom of the incline
you will then see apartment 2F/2G.
Alternatively, you can carry up the hill on Calle Mesquite and turn
right at the top, it’s a bumpy dust track, but you will see
the apartment complex in front of you, go down the steep hill and
there is parking at the bottom on the right hand side. Please park
considerately as there are limited parking spaces at the moment
until the access road is finished.
Playa to Murcia Airport (via new toll Road – 11 euros…ish?).
to watch your speed, and allow extra time if it’s the first
attempt at this route.
down the hill on Calle Mesquite
right into Calle Dimarca
Turn left at the end of this road and carry on down the hill to
Turn left at the junction and continue along the playa until you
come to the roundabout at the Parque Commercial. Take the last exit,
left and head for Mojacar Pueblo.
Go up the hill to the roundabout, with the petrol station to the
left. Take the first exit towards Garrucha.
Stay on this bypass until it meets the A370, where you turn left
towards Los Gallardos. Stay on this road (passing another petrol
stn on the right) until its end at a ‘t’ junction. Turn
right here on the N340/A7 towards Murcia.
Follow signs for Murcia and turn right onto the motorway (junct
525 E15/A7) towards Murcia.
Start concentrating at the 533k sign and Exit at junction 534 (There
is a 534 A & B; you want the one for ‘Cartegena’)
This will take you right onto the AP7 Toll Rd.
Stay on the road on reverse route, and start concentrating after
the 802 sign.
Follow signs for La manga & Aeroporto, then as your option splits,
follow signs for ‘Aeroporto’, and you’ll end up
on a dual carriageway. You’ll come into an area of huge advertising
for new housing developments & golf courses. To your right,
you should see the bay of La Manga, with high buildings that appear
to rise out of the sea off-shore.
Exit (believed at junction 784) for San Javier (Sur) Aeroporto.
Straight over next roundabout and ‘bob’s your uncle’
you’re at the airport (or somewhere completely different,
and you’ve missed your plane!!)