One of Spain’s biggest cities, Murcia is in the southeast of the country, not too far away from the coastline. As well as being within close proximity of Alicante, Torrevieja and Cartagena, Murcia has plenty of places to have a quiet coffee or a few tapas dishes made to flavourful recipes unique to the wider Murcia region.
Murcia is recognisable by its city wall, which was first erected in 831AD, hiding the numerous churches and green areas. Despite the array of landmarks within the city, Murcia is relatively quiet compared to nearby Alicante, where people tend to flock to the coast as soon as the temperatures begin to rise.
Central Murcia has some pretty old roads, but the network as a whole is easy to navigate. A family car is ideal for heading to the beach or towards the mountains.
The first sight you might want to see in Murcia is the cathedral. Despite having a baroque interior, inside, the décor is gothic, providing a welcome surprise. The cathedral has an interesting tower that wasn’t completed until the late 18th Century.
To see the whole of Murcia, the best place to go is El Valle or the La Fuensanta sanctuary. Both are on the mountains north of the city, just a few miles’ drive or so. The best time to visit is during a sunset, where the views are almost unrivalled.
Once a year, the Holy Week Procession is one of the most famous religious ceremonies in Spain. It celebrates the events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ where sculptures of leading Christian figures throughout history are carried around in parades.
The Salzillo Museum is dedicated mainly to sculptures by Spanish sculptor Francisco Salzillo. His works were among the finest of the Baroque era – some of which that survived the Spanish Civil War are on show here.
A formative tram network is in operation in Murcia, mainly in the city centre. All trams have right of way at all times.
The average high temperatures in summer usually top 30°C. It’s important to bring plenty of suntan lotion and protective clothing with you.
Some of the cheaper chain hotels are just outside the city centre. Fortunately, they’re easily accessible by car to some of the main roads.
Murcia-San Javier Airport is the current main airport for Murcia. Doubling as a military base, it could soon be replaced by the Region de Murcia International Airport. For now, the current airport has flights to destinations all over the UK. The airport is actually near the town of San Javier on the coast, 17 miles southeast of Murcia. It’s accessible from the Autopista del Mediterraneo westbound. To get to Murcia, you need to go onto the A30 northwards from the Autopista.