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Manics and Libertines to enjoy early festival action in Murcia

A visit to the beautiful Spanish Region of Murcia in early May will mean you don't have to wait until the summer to enjoy a top musical festival - and accommodation costs from less than £21 per person, per night. 
The Libertines and the Manic Street Preachers are among the acts headlining at Festival SOS 4.8, in the town of Murcia, on May 6-8. The musical extravaganza - which also includes performances by CHVRCHES, Amaral and Kassassin Street among many others - is just one facet of a festival which offers 48 hours of non-stop music, art, thought and sustainability. 

Another big event which draws the crowds is the colourful, loud and world-renowned Caballos del Vino (Wine Horses), taking place each year on May 2, in the nearby city of Caravaca de la Cruz. Thousands gather to watch the horses race up the old streets to the castle, the majority of spectators wearing white shirts, with a red neckerchief. Four men each run next to a horse in an intense gallop to the castle, commemorating a legend dating back 700 years to when the castle of the sacred city was besieged. 

Murcia is just the right size to allow visitors to get anywhere, walking to enjoy its broad selection of museums and monuments, events and spectacles. Explore its inviting streets and plazas, and enjoy its cuisine. 

Besides tasting traditional dishes, available at most of the city's restaurants, visitors can enjoy tapas at any of its lively squares all year round, owing to Murcia's wonderful weather. Try the pastel de carne, marineras or zarangollo at Plaza de San Juan and Plaza de las Flores. Simply delicious. 

A week's break in the town of Murcia, from May 2-9, starts from just £20.03 per person, per night, based on two sharing a twin room, on a room-only basis, at the Universal Pacoche hotel, next to the Floriadablanca Gardens and a five-minute walk from the cathedral. 

Would you like to go to a special place in Spain with two seas and crystal clear water beaches? This place does exist and its name is Costa Cálida Region of Murcia. Just 30 minutes from Murcia city you can spend the day enjoying of sunshine and a relaxing bath.  The Murcia-San Javier Airport lies just 17 miles south-east of the town of Murcia, and flights are available from Luton, Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands, Manchester, Bournemouth and Glasgow Prestwick airports. 

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