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Murcia is a very popular place in summer, with a wide accommodation offer for every budget, we also recommend to check our prices for car hire in Murcia...but continue reading to know more about this beautiful holiday destination. This province is a quite unknown city in many of its areas, that causes admiration amongst its connoisseurs. Rich in diversity and geographically unique as a land of transition between Levante and Andalusia, it maintains its coastal resources of increasing tourist influx. Land of traditions like the Semana Santa (the Holy Week, in Easter). Excellent gastronomy and very delicious fruit and vegetables, typical from the fertile Murcia region.

Costa Calida in Murcia

The main entrance to the province is produced through Murcia airport also called San Javier airport...45 minutes far from city centre by car.

What to do in Murcia

Below are some of our recommendations any tourist must do when visiting Murcia:

Go for a stroll: Traperia and Plateria are the two most typical and well-known streets in the city. And also the continuation of the Traperia through the ‘Alfonso X (the Wise)’ avenue. Another option is the Malecon Boulevard near the Segura River until reaching the Murcia vegetable farm and returning to the city with beautiful perspectives of the farm, the cathedral tower, etc.., or the same strolls around the city following the course of the Segura.

Murcia Cathedral: A masterpiece of the Spanish baroque. In the same square (the Cardinal Belluga square) is the Episcopal Palace (18th century).

19th century Casino: A very well-known institution in Murcia, right in the centre of Traperia, with its Louis XV style ballroom.

Churches, convents: Saint Anne’s church, Saint Andrew’s church, Saint Michael’s church. Saint Nicholas’ church; Saint John of God’s church-museum, the ’Agustinas’ monastery and 5 kms away, the popular sanctuary of Our Lady of Fuensanta (view of the city).

Museums: Cathedral Museum, Museum of Science, Museum of the city, Museum of Blood, Archaeological Museum of Murcia, Murcia’s Fine Arts Museum, Salzillo Museum, Bullfighting Museum.

Murcia’s fertile farmland, apart from the attraction of its sceneries, a visit to the nearby village of Alcantarilla is recommendable.

Romea Theatre (founded in 1826) currently in operation.

La Manga del Mar Menor

Probably the most famous holiday resort of Murcia and one of the most popular in Spain. Due to its location between 2 seas, La Manga is the ideal place to practise all kinds of water sports, from sailing schools to water-skiing, catamaran lessons, windsurf, etc. There are also perfect areas for scuba diving, such as the Cabo de Palos.

Shopping in Murcia

The most typical things to shop for in Murcia are the meat pies, in Bonache (in the beautiful Square of the Flowers) and the typical Cierva Pie. Old-clothes shops and Silversmiths. Veronica’s Market to find the famous products of Murcia’s fertile farmland and from the sea.

Gastronomy in Murcia

Rice dishes like the typical ‘soggy’ rice, fish and seafood from the Mar Menor like the king prawns are unique and essential in your gastronomic experience. There are many Murcia dishes that have become well-known all over Spain: zarangollo, broad bean omelette, michirones, the ‘gypsy’ pot, rice with kidney beans, rabbit or potatoes with ‘cabañil’ garlic, and desserts such as the famous and ingenious paparajotes, fried milk, prickly pear sorbet...

Map of Murcia

Below a map of Murcia with the main roads and highways.

Murcia Map

Murcia province

Cartagena, is another capital in the Murcia region of maritime and industrial relevance. A city that has had an important historical legacy and a strategic situation for centuries. Rich in human resources (the Roman Amphitheatre, the Augusteum, the Roman roads, the Roman theatre, Roman colonnade of the lower Moorish area...) and in a magnificent historical patrimony. Castles (Castle of the Conception, Galley Castles, Atalaya, Moors and Saint Julian), Walls (Byzantine, Punic,...), Museums (Municipal Archaeological, Carmen Conde, Submarine archaeology, Spanish Armada’s Naval).

Another recommendation is a stroll through the Mayor street, continuing towards the sea in its prolongation through the Consistorial Palace. A good option to enjoy Cartagena are the nearby hotels in La Manga. Also towards this area, we recommend a magnificent place to eat, Los Churrascos.

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