Murcia is a laid-back provincial capital in the south east of Spain. It is officially twinned with Miami and it is the 7th biggest city in Spain. The population in 2009 was calculated at 442,573 inhabitants. Murcia lies next to the Segura River, on the Iberian Peninsula. This Spanish city has hot climate with nice hot summers and fairly mild winters. There are on average 320 sunny days a year in Murcia.
The city has been dubbed Europe’s orchard because of its age long orchard tradition. Murcia is famous for its fruit, vegetable, and flower farms and exports a lot of fresh produce.
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How to get to Murcia
The city’s airport, Murcia-San Javier Airport, has been awarded Best Small Airport in Europe twice, in 2014 and 2016. The airport serves multiples airlines such as Aer Lingus, British Airways, Air City Grupo, Air Nostrum, Easyjet, Enter Air, Jet2.com, Norwegian, Ryanair and TUI.
You can get to Murcia from other Spanish cities by train. Murcia El Carmen Train Station is located at Plaza de la Industria.
Murcia has good transport facilities. The city’s U-shaped tram route has a total length of 17.5 kilometres. The line connects the University of Murcia, the Nueva Condomina Stadium and the northern part of the city with the centre of Murcia.
The Murcia tramway has 28 stops, all of them 40 metres long and featuring tram stop shelters. The average distance between stops is 625 metres. The cars have air conditioning, PA system and stop indicators, and, what is important for tourists, electronic direction indicators at the ends and on the sides.
What to see
The must-see places for tourists include:
- the Cathedral of Murcia – a wonderful fusion of baroque, renaissance, rococo and neoclassical architectural styles,
- Salzillo Museum – stunning sculptures by a local artist Francisco Salzillo who designed in baroque style,
- Real Casino de Murcia – a landmark with eclectic design. It is a gentleman’s private, however, you can still book a tour. A must-see.
- Plaza de las Flores – which is west of Murcia cathedral the Plaza is one of the most beautiful spots in Murcia. Enjoy aromatic coffee at one of the cafes or have a drink and tapas at one of the local cuisine bars at night.
- Floridablanca Garden – the oldest public park in Murcia. It was opened in the mid-19th century. Prior to this the Garden was a countryside promenade. Soon the city grew around the garden and it was expanded into a lovely park with flower beds. The largest trees in Floridablanca Garden are old ficuses, with impressive buttress roots.
- Monteagudo Castle – the castle dates back to the 800s and was a strategic defence spot for the Moorish Taifa of Murcia for the next 250 years.
- Plaza del Cardenal Belluga – enjoy a walk on this square to see some of Murcia’s best monuments and old colourful buildings.
- Terra Natura Murcia – this animal-friendly zoo has been praised for its humane approach. You will see no cramped animal pens or bars at this zoo. Terra Natura features enclosures imitating the animals’ natural habitat as close as possible. 500 trees and shrubs have been planted throughout the park. 300 animals from 50 species live here. Some of them are endangered species such as European lynx, brown bear or Iberian wolf.
- Costa Cálida and Costa Blanca – it takes about an hour’s drive to get to the Mediterranean Sea which is only 50 km away from Murcia. For beach bars go to Torre de la Horadada sandy beach, for water sports visit the Mar Menor inland lagoon and for medicinal properties of local mud drop by at Las Charcas on the north shore.
What to do
One of the main tourist attractions in Murcia is the Costa Cálida. The coast is 250-kilometre long and there are many sandy beaches to enjoy swimming and sunbathing. If you are keen on water sports: sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing or scuba diving visit Águilas and Mazarrón. Seabed there is famous for its clearness and visibility – perfect for discovering underwater flora and fauna or sunken ships. Visit Cartagena and its National Submarine Archaeology Museum and fantastic local monuments and old buildings.
Eat and Drink
Many local restaurants use fresh local market produce. Murcia’s cuisine is natural, authentic, tasty and with lots of character. This region is well-known for roasts, fish, shellfish, rice, sausages, preserved foods, nuts, aromatic plants, fruit and confectionery. Most dishes contain fresh, fried or grilled vegetables: broad beans, onions, sweet young garlic, tomatoes, roasted peppers, cauliflower, green beans, artichokes, and many more.
Similarly to the rest of Spain, breakfast is usually light and consists of toast or some other bread. The afternoon meal is hearty and is followed by a siesta as the day gets hotter. Many restaurants close between 4pm and 9pm. Once the sun goes down it is a tradition to have a light meal: visit the local taperia after 9pm for delicious local cuisine.