Murcia is the capital and most populated city of one of the smaller region’s in Spain, the Autonomous Community of Murcia. It is set on the Segura River, blessed by a mild climate and often referred to as the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia, considered Europe’s orchard due to its large production and exports of vegetables, fruits and flowers, as well as for its long agricultural tradition.
Murcia, located inland only a 20-minute drive from the coast, is part of the Costa Calida or "Warm Coast" which covers a 250 km long stretch of Mediterranean coastline. The region is blessed with a micro-climate offering a comparatively hot mean of annual temperatures and a relative degree of aridity.
The city was founded by the emir of Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman II in 825, which is relatively recent for Spain. It is today considered a University City, mainly because of is well known University of Murcia which attracts more than 30,000 local and international students. Murcia is also famous for its Holy Week processions, its Spring Festival, the Fiestas de Primavera and a tasteful local cuisine, adding to the city vibrant ambiance.
Murcia is blessed with a variety of cultural and historical sites, especially around its old town where numerous splendid Baroque buildings can be found. The most important landmarks of the city is the Cathedral of Murcia and its key sqaure the Plaza de Santo Domingo. As for art lovers, the city is home to the most popular museum of the region, the Salzillo museum, where numerous sculptures of the artist can be found.
Being rich in history, with a student’s amtmosphere, Murcia should definitely be on your list when visiting the South of Spain.
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Top 10 Murcia attractions
Murcia has a variety of exceptional sites to be discovered, mostly located within its old city from its Cathedral to the Santa Clara monastery passing by the Salzillo Museo. The top 10 Murcia attractions include:
- Murcia Cathedral
- Plaza de Glorieta
- Plaza de Santo Domingo
- Murcia Casino
- Museo Salzillo
- Puente de los Peligros
- Romea theatre
- Santa Clara monastery
- Monteagudo Castle
- San Juan de Dios church-museum
The Cathedral of Murcia which dominates the old city skyline is the most important attraction as well as the symbol of the city. It is located on the Plaza Cardenal Belluga, also home to the 18th century Bishop’s Palace. The church was mostly built during the 15th century in a Castilian Gothic style but its ninety six meter tower with its twenty- five bells was only completed in 1792. The inside of the Cathedral were built in a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles. As for its main façade completed in 1754 it is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style, with various entrance doors including the main one called Puerta del Perdon. The Cathedral of Murcia is also home to a museum, showing the details of its construction.
Plaza de Glorieta
The Plaza de Glorieta is a lovely square lying on the banks of the Segura River, not far from Murcia’s Cathedral. It was built during the 18th century and was for a long time considered the centre of the town. It is today filled with various fountains and flowers as well as being home to Murcia’s city hall or Ayuntamiento. There is a private parking underneath, a perfect place to leave your car when visiting the old town.
Plaza de Santo Domingo
The Plaza de Santo Domingo is Murcia’s main square. It is located in the heart of the old town at the end of the famous Trapería street once home to the Jewish garment trade. It was formerly a bustling market square and is today packed with various cafes and restaurants.
The Casino is another key attractions of Murcia. Built in 1847 as a social club it offers luxurious interior decorated in a Moorish-style inspired by the royal chambers of the Alhambra near Granada. It also has a grand exterior covered in a variety of statues.
The Museo Salzillo located near the church of Our Lord Jesus in the central Plaza de San Agustin, is the most visited museum in the Region of Murcia. It is exclusively dedicated to the works by the Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo, considered the most famous Spanish image-maker of the 18th century and one of the greatest Baroque artist. Salzillo worked exclusively on religious themes, and almost always in polychromed wood. Some of the artist’s most famous artworks within the museum include the Nativity Scene, The Dinner and the Fall.
Puente de los Peligros
The Puente de los Peligros is the most famous bridge over the river Segura. This stone bridge was built in the eighteenth century incorporating a unique Lady chapel on one of its side. Another more modern bridge worth discovering in Murcia include the Puente Nuevo made from Iron at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The Murcia Romea theatre is a beautiful building located on the Plaza Julian Romea, west of the Plaza de Santo Domingo. It was built in 1862 by Manuel Molina on the former Santo Domingo convent and known for its excellent acoustics. It was restored in 1985 in a Neo-classical and Modernist style. Its name comes from Julian Romea, a famous local actor.
Santa Clara monastery
The Santa Clara monastery is located in the heart of the old town just a minutes to the north west of the main square. The monument is built in a mix of Gothic and Baroque style , on the remains of Alcázar Seguir, a 13th century Moorish palace. Today the monastery host a Museum where various architectural components can be seen such as the Arab Portico as well as a 12 century wall painting showing a flutist.
Located to the north east of the city centre is the breathtaking Monteagudo Castle. It was first built in the 11th century and remains very well preserved. Due to its strategic location it once served a Murcia’s fortress as well as played the role of a prison and even a grain store. It is today considered one of the best preserved fortresses in the region and definitely worth visiting if passing through Murcia.
San Juan de Dios church-museum
The San Juan de Dios church-museum is an 18th Century church converted into a museum. It showcases various exhibitions of religious imagery from the 16th to 19th century and includes remarkable wood carvings. This circular church was built in a Baroque and Rococo style, on the remains of the Alcázar Nasir, a 12th century Moorish palace mosque.
Flights to Murcia
The best way to get to Murcia is through the city’s own airport, the San Javier or Murcia international airport. Although relatively small it offers various facilities including regional transport and car hire. It is located some 45 km south of the city.
A perfect way to discover the city of Murcia and the Costa Calida is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city.
Top Murcia hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Murcia as voted by the users. To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Murcia smarter Hotel Booking.
Avda. Primero de Mayo, 9, Murcia, Spain 30006 – 4 Stars
With 208 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Desk, inhouse movies, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. The hotel boasts laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, meeting facilities as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find golf course (on site), gym at the hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Nelva Hotel.
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Hotel Silken Siete Coronas
5 Garay Avenue, Murcia, Spain 30003 – 4 Stars
With 155 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Every room in the hotel offers guests non smoking rooms, inhouse movies, balcony/terrace, separate shower and tub. Featuring bar/pub, restaurant, elevator, executive floor, this Murcia hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Unwind after your day with a choice of garden – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel.
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Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa
Cl. Ceiba S/n, Torre Pacheco, Javier, Murcia, Spain 30700 – 4 Stars
Featured in each room, among other amenities, are ironing board, internet access – LAN, internet access – wireless. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, meeting facilities. Unwind after your day with a choice of indoor pool, massage, kids club, outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa.
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Hotel Churra Vistalegre
Arquitecto J.J.Belmonte, 4, Murcia, Murcia, Spain 30007 – 3 Stars
Each room includes air conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe, mini bar. The hotel boasts 24hr room service, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include gym. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Churra Vistalegre.
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Hesperia Murcia Hotel
Madre De Dios 4, Murcia, Spain 30004 – 3 Stars
Every room in the hotel offers guests mini bar, non smoking rooms, television. Also to be found at the hotel are room service, 24hr room service, bar/pub. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hesperia Murcia Hotel.
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Novotel Murcia Hotel
Camino de Nelva, s/n, Murcia, Murcia, Spain 30006 – 4 Stars
There are inhouse movies, air conditioning, internet access (wireless) in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including car park, Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant. Outdoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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Sercotel Jc1 Murcia Hotel
Avenida Juan Carlos I, 55, Murcia, Spain – 4 Stars
Air conditioning, bathrobes, desk, non smoking rooms are among the amenities guests will find in every room. The hotel boasts shops, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include spa, sauna, indoor pool. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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Intercontinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia
Calle Anchoa 6,La Torre Golf Resort, Murcia, Murcia, Spain – 5 Stars
Included in all rooms are ironing board, internet access, hair dryer. Also to be found at the hotel are laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, shops, poolside bar. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as sauna, golf course (on site), kids club, outdoor pool at this hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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Hotel El Churra
Marques De Los Velez 12, Murcia, Spain – 3 Stars
Included in all rooms are daily newspaper, in room safe, hair dryer. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including meeting facilities, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Unwind after your day with a choice of gym – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Autovía A-7 Salida 580, Murcia, Spain – 3 Stars
Each room includes television, non smoking rooms, separate shower and tub, mini bar. This excellent hotel in Murcia also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, shops. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are garden on the grounds. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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