Take note, if you are using Sat Nav and the maps are not really up to date, you will be taken a long way round, as the AP7 is not on many Sat Navs
Murcia (San Javier) Airport is actually closer to Cartagena. It is slightly nearer to Vera Playa than Alicante, now that the new toll road is open (the AP7) the drive only takes about 1 1/4 hours, but the tolls are about 12 Euros each way. If you really want a scenic drive (it is beautiful, but more than an hour slower), use the coastal road that takes you through the heart of Cartagena.
Murcia Airport is small and has reasonable facilities
Driving from Murcia Airport
Amended route from Murcia (St Javier) Airport
The AP7 toll-road from St Javier to Vera is closed between junction 890 to 901 due to a bridge collapsing during the recent devastating floods.
To get to Vera Playa now, you need to leave the motorway at Aguilas and complete the journey on the coast road.
Exit Motorway at exit 878, sp Lorca Aguilas (toll ?9.70, 5th January 2013)
At the roundabout take the 2nd exit
At the next roundabout take 1st exit, to Aguilas
After about 2.5km, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit, sp Vera (Almeria) RM 333
Follow signposts at several roundabouts to stay on RM333
Stay on main road (bypass) don?t turn into San Juan, road becomes A332
Just after 26km marker, fork rightfrom A332, sp San Juan / Villaricos
At roundabout take 3rd exit, sp Villaricos / Garrucha, the AL7107
After approx. 18km (going straight on at several roundabouts) you will pass first Hotel Street (Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona) at next roundabout you would take 3rd exit to Avenida Ciudad de Castellon (for La Menara, Parque Vera, Natsun, Armony Natura, Chiringuito Vera Natura) or go straight on there and take 3rd exit at Consum roundabout (for Torremar Natura, Bahia de Vera and Vera Natura). Consult the Vera Playa Map on the main website to navigate around Vera Playa.
6th January 2013