Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Getting to Vera Playa

Which airport should you fly to?

 There are 3 airports within travelling distance - Murcia (San Javier) Almeria and Alicante.



Almeria is a good choice, but only a few UK airports have flights to Almeria airport. Some do not fly there in the winter at all. If you can get a flight to Almeria it is very convenient as it is only 85 kms or 60 mins away and is a small airport which is easy to use.


Murcia airport which is at San Javier, is about 40 kms from Murcia city. The airport is 185 kms or 2 hrs if you use the non toll motorway or 1 hr 30 mins on the AP-7 toll motorway.



Alicante airport is 212 kms, 2 hrs 30 mins and is a major airport with lots of flights from most parts of the UK. Its huge new terminal opened in March 2011 and impressive though it is, the distances you have to walk is now considerable. Also, we feel it is not particularly clear as to where you collect your car hire  once given the keys so make sure you are given good directions how to find it, you will normally need to take a lift down to the floor where your hire company has its cars, different hire companies are on different floors.

Alicante airport has a reputation for crime because of its size so our advice is be on your guard and keep an eye on your belongings its easy to forget when on holiday.


Driving instructions.


Leave the airport and follow signs to Murcia - E7 N340. This is straight on at the first roundabout when leaving the airport, right at the next roundabout, then left at the next and then join the autovia turning right.
Leave the Autovia at Junction 520 Los Gallados, Mojacar, Garrucha, At the roundabout take 2nd exit towards Los Gallardos, Vera. after about 2k turn right at the petrol station to Garrucha, Mojacar N370.
The road takes you past Garrucha and you keep going straight on until you get to the Consum supermarket that is on your right now turn right on the island over the small island to the "T" junction, then turn left and follow the road until you see the sign in the white wall for Vera Natura, turn left and you will see the sign for Vera Natura reception on your right.


At the Airport set your trip meter to zero.
Leave Alicante Airport following the signs to “Murcia”
At 3km you will join the A7 (E15) motorway heading south. The road from the airport ends on the South bound carriageway of the motorway. Avoid taking the first turning from the Airport, this is the old pre-motorway route. Avoid being drawn into the first northbound slip-road onto the motorway A7-E15, its easy to do.
After 65 km you pick up the signs for “Almeria”, the motorway forks here. Follow the signs to Almeria.
After 68 km you take the right lane to again follow signs for Almeria, (Alcantarilla and Granada) the motorway forks again, the other direction is Murcia City Centre.
Continue on the motorway, (ignore the turn off to Granada), at 197.5 km take the exit No 534 to Vera.
At the end of the slip road follow the signs to “Vera”
Just past the “Hotel Agari” on your left (neon lights with dancing girls) at 199.2 km turn Left onto the Vera by-pass (A3327) to “Garrucha”.
At the next trafic island with the “Intermarchá” supermarket facing you, The Bull Ring traffic island, turn Left to Garrucha.
At 203.5 km a little way after a petrol station turn Left, signposted Puerto Rey, Villaricos (minor road).
At the roundabout by the “Esquina de Puerto Rey” Centro Comercial, turn Left, (note, there is a small ‘traffic calming’ roundabout before the end of this road, by the Bahia Fenicia sales office, this is NOT the one where you turn left). 
Carry on for 2.2 km to the third traffic island Passing Mexico Hotel. At this traffic island by the“ConSum supermarket turn right on a very short bit of dual carriageway then left at the T junction passed the bar “Atoda Vuela”. A few hundred metres further take the first turning left (one way) in front of the Vera Natura URB Naturista sign Vera Natura community is on the right.


At first roundabout having left the airport turn right. At next roundabout, straight on under the motorway. At next roundabout turn left onto Motorway AP7 towards Cartagena At Junction 800 beware there is more than one exit here take AP7 towards Vera and Almeria. Continue for about 100 km, at Junction 901come off the motorway through toll booth go straight on under the main road turn left towards Los Lobos (A332). Almost immediately take a right turn towards Palomares (AL 8105 In La Muleria follow road round to the right towards Cuevas (AL 8105) At next main junction take left turn towards Villaricos. (AL 8106At T Junction turn right (signposted Consum Supermarket) (AL 7107) At next roundabout (by Repsol garage, straight on. (AL 7107) you will drive over a small rise pass the junction for Hotel Vera Playa on your left, then straight over the first roundabout then turn left at the next roundabout in front of a large Consum Supermarket, at the T junction turn left and follow the road until you see a sign on a white wall saying Vera Natura URB Naturista, turn left in front of this sign and you will see the Vera Natura reception on your right use the left access gate to get to our apartment.