A city drizzled in sunshine, Murcia is part of Costa Calida that every visitor ought to explore. Serving up some of the tastiest tapas in Spain and a trendy art scene, it’s no wonder Murcia is a booming holiday destination. Despite growing tourism over the years, the city has held on to its rich culture. There are many galleries and museums where visitors can learn about Murcia’s history. The combination of modern buildings and traditional architecture, like the 18th-century Palacio Episcopal, gives this city an exciting and unique landscape.
Architect Rafael Moneo played a big role in shaping the city skyline, with his creation of the 1990s city hall. Some points of interest that will surely catch your eye as you stroll past cafes, collages and timeworn churches including Murcia Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace of Murcia. Segura River and its rafting activities will keep you active when in Murcia.
The small town of San Pedro del Pinatar is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Murcia coast. A small town with the beach and shore as its focal points, San Pedro's iconic Quintín mill serves as a symbol of the town. Windsurfing and scuba diving are two of many water sports you can indulge in at the marina, which is a short distance from Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park. This nature preserve was established in 1985 and its well-sculpted trails allow for easy access to the famous salt flats. A scenic bus ride from San Pedro will bring you to Granada. More than worth an overnight stay, Granada has many top sights, such as the Royal Chapel of Granada, Palace of Charles V, an elaborate summer palace, and the Moorish complex of Alhambra.
A former fishing village that is now more of a coastal spa town, Los Alcázares has a few historical and natural points of interest. This area in south-eastern Spain is proud to be home to the El Museo Aeronáutico Municipal de Los Alcázares. The aircraft propellers, anti-aircraft guns and weapons will give you an insight into Italy's military air history. After you've wandered around this museum, there is still the Torre del Rame and the Blue Flag beach of Playa de Carrión to explore.
Based closer to the coastline than Murcia’s central region, Campoamor is a golfer’s paradise. With its lush green landscape overlooking the azure waters, Campoamor is ideal for golf lovers. Playa Barranco Rubio is a relaxed beach for morning yoga sessions. Alternatively, join a yoga class at a place called 5 Elements, where pilates is also on offer.
Terra Natura Mitica
Imagine having the opportunity to get up-close to wildlife, before cooling off in the water park? This is exactly what you can do at Terra Natura Mitica, which is a zoo, theme park and aqua park in one. This top attraction is based in Benidorm and can be accessed easily by public transport. The park is home to an elephant enclosure and if you ask about feeding times, you can even give an animal its dinner!
Cathedral de Santa Maria
Make your way to Vitoria-Gasteiz to see this Roman structure in all its glory. With Gothic-style architecture on its facade, the Cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria is often referred to as the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary. Construction started in 1394 and wasn’t completed until 1465. Not far away is another fine example of Murcia's artistic styles in the Sanctuary of the Fuensanta.
This theatre is one of Murcia's most important cultural venues with a history spanning more than 150 years. Located next to the Plaza de Santo Domingo, Romea Theatre dominates the plaza. Its architecture is just as spectacular inside as it is on the outside. You will have the option of touring the grounds or buying tickets for one of the live events, with ballet being a popular choice.
It's safe to say that Murcia doesn't exactly lack for beaches. Enjoy a day beside the seaside at Playa de Poniente, Playa de las Palmeras or Percheles beaches. Watch out for the jellyfish at Mar Menor beach though. As well as swimming, the lagoon is perfect for windsurfing.
Spain is the to-go place for any food connoisseur who wants to sample authentic recipes. The food in Murcia has its own unique twist, while still being prepared with locally sourced/grown ingredients. Make sure you tuck into a specialty like paella huertana (vegetable paella), arroz y conejo (rice with rabbit), or arroz marinero (rice with seafood).
Your mouth will be watering as you read the menus at Murcia’s many restaurants. Examples of fine dining establishments that welcome groups include Restaurante El Churra and Salzillo. For a cultural gastronomic experience, book a table at highly-rated restaurants like El Pasaje de Zabalburu and El Jardin de Los Dragones.
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