Erm, do we just abandon the car here then?’ I awkwardly asked as smoked billowed from the now open bonnet, alarms flashed on the dash, and a collection of confused looking onlookers made frantic suggestions in the early-evening Spanish heat. My dear friend Sarah looked ready to cry, and the clutch of our car wasn’t having a much better night either.
Luckily, an hour later, the local wine Monastrell had put a smile back on our face, and the next day, we would return to find the car back in action, ready to explore the Region of Murcia again.
My first tip for this lesser-explored part of Spain, The Region of Murcia, is to hire a car that is high off the ground, and pay serious attention to where your sat nav is taking you. For around an hour, we were stuck at the bottom of a one-way street, the bumper touching the harsh slant of the road in front, and a dedicated rescue mission of reversing ensured, all the while with friendly locals eager to shout on advice, usually while standing directly behind the car and their kids ran around behind the bonnet.