• Local Feeling, Good Food, and Great History

    Located in the Huerta plain and surrounded by mountains, Murcia is the capital of its namesake region and a famous producer of vegetables. This picturesque city adorned in Baroque masterpieces like the Cathedral still enjoys a peaceful, local atmosphere.

     

    Founded in 825 by the Moorish Caliph of Cordoba in the centre of the Segura River valley, the city planners created an irrigation system that inaugurated the agricultural prosperity of the region. The Old Town -showing some of the Moorish legacy- is situated along the river banks, and its main streets Platería and Trapería have been pedestrianized for easy walking access. The centre of Murcia offers accommodation ranging from 5-star hotels to low-cost pensions.

     

    Famous city festivities include the Holy Week, the Spring Festival, and the folkloric ‘Bando de la Huerta’. If visiting Spain and Murcia during these dates, check the hotel availability with enough time in advance. The beaches of the ‘Costa Cálida’ can be reached in less than 40 minutes’ drive. Hotels between Murcia and the beach are the best way to enjoy both the city and the sea.

     

    Murcia-San Javier Airport is 51 km away, while Alicante Airport is 73 km away.

  • Things to do in Murcia

    Murcia Cathedral

    Murcia Cathedral, or as it’s officially known, the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, is a striking Baroque structure with a Gothic interior. Its intricate façade is accompanied by an impressive bell tower, soaring 300 feet upwards – making it the tallest in Spain. Visitors can enter the cathedral’s vast chambers for free, or pay a small fee for a tour and stunning views atop the tower.

    Cartagena Roman Theatre

    The Cartagena Roman Theatre was built between the 5th and 1st centuries BCE and is dedicated to the grandsons of Augustus Caesar. Serving as a theatre for just a few hundred years, the structure was partly dismantled in favour of a marketplace and later, in the 13th century, a cathedral. The theatre has since been extensively restored and is now open as a museum.

    Santo Domingo Square

    Pretty Santo Domingo Square is nestled right at the heart of Murcia’s old quarter. Once a bustling marketplace, the plaza is the meeting-point of many of the city’s most significant streets and is surrounded by striking historic buildings. Nicely landscaped and equipped with plenty of benches, it’s a peaceful place to stop on your way from one activity to the next.

    De los Peligros Bridge

    This arched stone bridge dates dates back to the 1700s. Spanning the River Segura at a picturesque point, it gets its name ‘Bridge of the Hazards’ from the statue of the Lady of the Hazards on one shore. It’s beautiful any time of day, but at night the lights illuminate the old stone and reflect back on the water, making it especially romantic.

    Monteagudo Castle

    Situated high on the rocky hillsides overlooking the valley, Monteagudo Castle is thousands of years old. At a height of 149 metres, the fortress was built for strategic reasons, and later was topped by an iconic statue with arms outstretched. Nowadays, you can walk to the halfway point and visit the free museum at the base.