Murcia, the city, as apposed to the region, is one of the most beautiful in Spain. Its long history has left it with many fine buildings with the Cathedral Church of Santa Maria being its jewel in the crown. Murcia lies inland from the Costa Calida, south west of Alicante. The city, surrounded by mountain ranges, sits on the banks of the River Sigura. The summer temperatures in the city are several degrees than that found at the coast where the heat is tempered by sea breezes. With eight hundred years of history, Murcia has a wide variety of architectural styles. Wherever you look there is something to please the eye. Being fairly close to the coast holidaymakers can combine cultural sightseeing with lazy days on the beach.
Why Go To Murcia?
Murcia is a beautiful city which offers a friendly welcome to visitors. It has a wealth of impressive buildings, charming squares and boulevards and pretty riverside walks. Murcia with its fascinating history, has many fine buildings to explore. There are many sporting facilities including golf and tennis and the coast of Costa Calida with its many sandy beaches is only a short drive away.
Who Is Murcia Popular With?
Murcia appeals to couples of all ages. The many tourist attractions make it ideal for a city break. Golfers have a choice of courses in the vicinity.
When To Go To Murcia
Murcia is a year round holiday destination with an average temperature of twenty degrees. The summer months can be very hot so many sightseers prefer to visit in early or late season.
Murcia - The Place
Murcia is a charming city with more than its fair share of magnificent buildings. The impressive walls of the city were built by the Moors and their influence can be seen in the layout of the narrow streets. After the city was retaken by the Christians the many mosques were replaced by churches. The Cathedral of Saint Maria was begun in 1388 and took hundreds of years to complete. It is therefore an eclectic mix of styles which combine to create a wonderful Baroque. A tour of the city must also include the Almudi Palace and the castle. There are sufficient interesting museums, impressive squares and wonderful gardens in Murcia to keep you sightseeing for your whole stay. However, if you tire of culture, you can take a bus to the coast where you can relax in the sunshine on sandy beaches and bathe in warm clear water.
There are many excellent hotels in and around the city which cater for most budgets. Murcia has a large number of first class restaurants serving a diverse cuisine and satisfying most tastes. Its retailers offer an experience to please even the most avaricious of shoppers.
A Murcia holiday offers days filled with many sightseeing opportunities with a guarantee of good weather. It is an ideal destination for a city break.
Murcia nightlife has something for everyone. There are lively bars and night clubs where holidaymakers can dance the night through. Those who wish for a more romantic evening can find many small restaurants where meals can be enjoyed in an intimate atmosphere. There is also a casino where you can have a holiday flutter.
Murcia has a wide range of shops from department stores to specialist shops and designer boutiques. Calle Jaboneria is a quaint street filled with rather expensive specialist shops and designer boutiques. There are many quaint tourist shops where you can buy the usual crafts, gifts and souvenirs. Popular purchases include leather goods, pottery, embroidered linens and lace, as well as basket ware and jewellery.
Murcia has a wide variety of restaurants from traditional Spanish to international cuisine which caters for all tastes. A good way to sample Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home. Spanish wines are pleasing to both the palate and the pocket.
Children are always made welcome in Spanish restaurants