Find out more about the history of Murcia by spending a day moving between the museums. Head to The Museo Salzillo to browse artwork by sculptor, Francisco Salzillo, including a Nativity scene and Easter displays. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the Museo Arqueologico, Museo de la Ciudad and Museo Ramón Gaya all within close proximity.
The bridges over the River Segura are a perfect demonstration of Murcia’s old-and-new culture. The oldest, the Puente de los Peligros, dates back to the 18th century and features a striking arched design. The Puente Nuevo was built in more modern times and has a silhouette that reflects its more up-to-date spin.
Grab a tartan blanket, pack up a basket and dine al fresco in one of Murcia’s many parks or gardens. Go to the Garden of Floridablanca if the idea of wandering between tree-lined promenades appeals to you, or see the pretty floral displays at Jardin de La Seda.
Murcia is the great place for an afternoon of exploring. On every corner you’ll be taken aback by the surprises that you’ll stumble across. From the extravagant architecture hiding so much history, to the maze of little streets that are just waiting to be uncovered, this is a city that’s sure to delight.
Although it isn’t considered one of the bigger party cities, there are plenty of places to keep you entertained. From jazz bars to pubs, cocktail bars to clubs, there’s somewhere for any type of traveller. Check before you book – your dates might even land on one of the city’s annual events or festivals!
About an hour’s drive from the city, you’ll find the popular beach resort of Torrevieja. Murcia might have lots to offer as a city break, but that doesn’t mean you have to give the golden sands a swerve! They’re utterly breathtaking.
If you’re looking for nibbles to enjoy with drinks, then try out some traditional Spanish tapas. These small mix-and-match dishes are great for sharing with friends and include everything from veggie dishes to meaty stews. For bigger appetites, many restaurants serve a ‘menu del dia’, offering a three course meal for a set price.
Murcia is ideal for exploring on foot, as many of the attractions are within easy walking distance of one another. For longer journeys, there are plenty of reasonably priced buses and trams to jump on. If you’re staying for a few days and fancy paying a visit to the neighboring villages and towns, it might be worth thinking about hiring a car.
The 15th century Cathedral of Murcia (Cathedral of St Mary) shows the transition between different architectural styles. Take a look at the 23 individual chapels inside and be sure to admire the 25 stunning bell towers!
The Santa Clara Monastery & Museum is a beautiful place to spend a few hours browsing. Don’t miss the striking courtyard!
The Old Town is a great place to admire the rustic feel of the city, as well as the Santa Clara Monastery and Museum.
It is a good idea to check the museum opening times before you set off, as some of them are only open for half-days, and some close completely on certain weekdays.
Head to the streets of Plateria or Trapería if you are a fan of shopping! You’ll find some of the less commercial and local amenities, including banks and supermarkets.
Murcia’s beaches are about an hours’ drive for the city centre so it might be an idea to hire a car if you’re planning on paying them a visit.
Murcia is great if you’re looking to fulfill your shopping needs! The Nueva Condomina Shopping Centre is brimming with stores you’d find on the British high street, plus a cinema and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. You’ll find at least one market on each day of the week in Murcia. Head to El Algar market on Fridays to get your hands on everything from clothes to fresh fruit and veg.
Held annually on the first Tuesday after Easter, the Bando de la Huerta brings a wave of excitement to Murcia. Look out for the regional costumes, a vibrant parade and plenty of tasty treats to try.
The May Bank Holiday is home to the SOS 4.8 Music Festival. Party-goers can enjoy big-name performances, art exhibitions and workshops.
If you’re visiting in May, Murcia hosts a fantastic Three Cultures International Festival, which celebrates the co-operation of the city’s Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities.
Click here to check out our European events calendar for a comprehensive round-up of the goings-on in 2016.
Please note, dates are subject to change.