Murcia Holidays

A charming, truly relaxed city

Murcia has stumbled upon an enviable formula for a great city. There is history to be uncovered along every street, and gorgeous buildings at every turn. There’s a wonderfully warm climate, a preoccupation with food that has given birth to numerous excellent restaurants, and just enough hustle, bustle and buzz to remind you that yes, you are in a city. But, crucially, Murcia also knows how to relax, and it does so in style. This means that Murcia city breaks are a lesson in laid-back living.

Visitors will appreciate all the comforts of a well-developed urban area, but you’ll also have a magnificent coastal corner of Spain on your doorstep – beach-side ambience that rubs off on the city’s vibe. The overall result is a quietly captivating city that cries out to be explored at a leisurely pace. There’s more than enough going on to satisfy those who want to pack lots into their trip, but city breaks to Murcia are best enjoyed one step at a time. Explore at leisure, soak up all it has to offer, and ensure you allow time to thoroughly investigate the city’s fondness for desserts and sweet treats. Murcia really does know what it’s doing.

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Three tips for a top trip

Hire a bike

Cycling is a popular way to get around. There are hills to be conquered if you want a challenge, but plenty of easygoing routes for leisurely riders as well.

Carrascoy y El Valle

Spanning a vast area, this wild and rugged regional park is located about 6 kilometres from the city. It’s loved by locals for its hiking trails and abundant wildlife, including rare birds.

Hit the beach

Leave city life behind for a day and head to the coast – around 40 minutes’ drive away. There, you’ll find enticing sandy beaches, warm waters and hidden bays.

Best attractions to see in Murcia

Real Casino de Murcia

This gloriously grandiose mid-19th-century building is a wonderful mix of architectural styles, and holds plenty of history and fascinating stories within its many opulent rooms.

Catedral de Santa Maria

Murcia Cathedral is a striking and beautiful landmark at the heart of the city, both geographically and symbolically. An essential stop on any visit to Murcia.

Floridablanca Gardens

This large public garden is perfect for a romantic stroll at any time. Its tall, winding trees and exotic flora are plucked straight from a fairy tale.

Your Murcia questions, answered

The city has a fantastic climate, basking in sunshine throughout the year but without getting unbearably hot. Maximum summer temperatures are around 27 degrees in July and August.
Try a rejuvenating ‘café asiatico’ – a popular local cocktail made with coffee, condensed milk, brandy and Licor 43, a vanilla-tinged Spanish liqueur made in nearby Cartagena.
The best time to take a holiday in Murcia will depend on whether you’re spending more time on the beach or in the city. If you’re mostly drawn by sun and sea, then anytime between April until October is suitable, with June to August being the hottest months often reaching 30°C. But the good news is, Murcia is mild year-round. The arid climate means there’s little rain. There’s still plenty to do in the cooler weather, from Holy Week around Easter to the Los Caballos del Vino festival in Spring, with huge fiestas in the streets.
Go for one or two tapas at a time and maybe order a small drink with each. Mix it up, take your time and enjoy.
Murcia is an excellent base to explore the region’s beaches. Playa de Poniente is one of the most popular in the area, with over a kilometre of fine, golden sand and gentle waters for swimming. Playa de las Palmeras is a similar size and is surrounded by rocky cliffs and palm trees for a natural look. If you prefer a more secluded beach, try Playas de La Llana. It sits between a lagoon and the sea, and in the clear waters, you can swim alongside rays and schools of fish.
Murcia is on the Costa Calida and sits on approximately 250 kilometres of coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. Costa Calida is just south of Costa Blanca, and tends to attract less of the tourist crowds, so you can enjoy more space on the beach. Costa Calida’s position means it has warm, dry weather year-round, plus a hot summer, so you can enjoy sunshine during all the seasons. It also has plenty of beautiful natural features, like mountains and lagoons, to enjoy, making it an underrated region of Spain.
You can fly into Region de Murcia International Airport, which is only a 25-minute drive from the city centre, so you can enjoy fast transfer times. It’s a relatively small airport, with flights from London and Bristol, some of which only operate in high season. So, if you can’t find a suitable flight, Murcia is less than an hour’s drive from Alicante Airport, one of the busiest in Spain with flights arriving from across the UK including Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and more. Alicante also has a lot more year-round flights on its schedule.
Murcia is a city where you don’t necessarily need a car. Buses will take you from the airport to the city in about 20 minutes. Once you’re in the centre, it’s quite walkable, and there are buses to nearby towns such as Cartagena and La Manga. But if you plan on more exploring, it’s worth picking up a hire car. You can easily travel to the quieter beaches, and even spend the day in Alicante or Benidorm if you feel like seeing more of the coast.
Murcia is a family-friendly destination and popular with visitors who have young children. There are plenty of family-friendly hotels and resorts along the beach, with facilities catering to the smallest guests. Kids will love the sandy beaches and there are lots of places where the sea is shallow and calm enough for them to swim safely. It’s easy to find restaurants that have kids menus. As for attractions, there are zoos, waterparks, and even theme parks less than an hour’s drive from Murcia.