Murcia: How to spend a perfect day

Monument of Jesus Christ in Murcia

One day trip from La Zenia

Murcia in a day: perfect Itinerary for capital of Spanish province. Tired of routine on the coast? Go for new experiences to MurciaThis is a stunning metropolis in its beauty with elegant architectural solutions. Modern houses are intertwined with historical buildings, trendy street food bars closely coexist with wine cellars, glass business centers with Catholic churches here. It's an inspiring space that is worth visiting at least once! By the way, in the capital of the province, there aren't tourist pandemonium, and it's more popular among the Spaniards themselves, which indicates a quality of any service: from shops to restaurants.

In summer it's very hot there, and because of the dense buildings - winds are rare guests. In winter it'is much more comfortable. At Christmas, the region is transformed. Christmas decorations contrast brightly on houses with flowering orange trees. Such alleys add " taste” to the surroundings. 

How to get to Murcia? 

 There are two proven ways: 

  • The most convenient way is to reach the city by own car on the route N-332 and A-7, which form a kind of circle between the seaside resorts of Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja and the cultural community of Murcia. The distance will be 70 kilometers. 
  • Or, to use public transport. At the roundabout, on the Avenue Av.de la Playa in La Zenia climb aboard the bus Costa Azul-Destino Alicante, at the stop Veleta carry out the transfer, the destination of the route: Orihuela Bus Estacion-final. It is necessary to buy train tickets for Renfe Cercanias at the depot. The train will take you to the railway station, Murcia del Carmen.

Things to see in Murcia

The most popular place to see in Murcia is Cardinal Beluga Square. We would recommend starting the tour from. The main attraction of Murcia is the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral. It was completed for 300 years, proving that the murcians lead a measured lifestyle and are in no hurry. Our advice is to look at the building from different angles because it was built in the Baroque era and combines 3 styles: Renaissance, Neoclassicism, and Gothic. 

The entrance is free, and doors are open to visitors every day: Monday-Friday 7:00 -13:00 and 17:00-20:00; Saturday-Sunday until 21:00, with a break for Siesta. Pay attention to the Bishop's Palace, the building is painted in colors of the Spanish flag. It's hard to miss!

Murcia walking tour

Top sights

Start sightseeing walking tour around Murcia city from Cathedral, after, turn to the direction of Calle Traperia. Here you gonna see the Real Casino Murcia- people from high society gather for major events here. The passing cost varies from 3 to 5 euros and you can get there daily from 10:30-19:00. The Museum-Palace is famous for its stylish interiors and exhibition of sculptures. 

Part of your journey will be centered around the two streets Plateria and Trapezium. It is noteworthy that they received their names from the types of trading activities that are relevant to today. On the first - lived and worked jewelers and masters of over coins, on the second-merchants of fabrics. Shopping in Murcia starts here! 

Tired? It's time going for a bite to eat at Plaza Las Flores (from Spanish - Flower square) - the meeting place of the famous tapas-bars. Local snack in these parts is considered to be La Marinera-consisting of crispy bread, pate, and anchovies. Bon appetit! 

It's time to continue the walk and go down to the waterfront. This is a great area for the promenade, including parks-Del Malecón and Jardin de Floridablanca. About the latter, there is an opinion, as the progenitor of all Spanish gardens and squares. Disputes over the uniqueness are going. 

Then - Town-forming enterprises preserved from past centuries – such as the Hydraulic Museum of the mills of the Segura river (with early mentions from 1364) and the Parliament. Conjunto Monumental San Juan de Dios-former Templar hospital, and now an exhibition of religious themes. 

Of particular interest is the bridge of dangers, nicknamed as old. We recommend a Location with a capital letter. The scenery is extraordinary - a tip for photographers. The well - known Segura Sardine is a bronze fountain with references to the holiday of the same name, which will also be insight. Opposite the stone crossing is the steel viaduct of the Passarela de Manterola - a pedestrian crossing that connected the two banks. 

Sightseeing tour of Murcia will take you about 3-4 hours, but do not rush back. Just 7 km from the urbanization on the top of the mountain is erected the fortress, Castillo Monteagudo, its crown was a fourteen-meter monument of Jesus Christ (Corazon de Jesus). To visit the inner courtyards of the castle, keep to the left and use the signs on the way to the hill. 

Address for Navigator: Plaza Iglesia 2. On your own: bus number 36, stop: Cuartel.

Ideas

SARDINE FUNERAL Painting by artist Francisco Goya. Postage. No, it's not what you might think. The situation is exactly the opposite and has nothing to do with the burial ritual. On his canvas, the author depicted a raging from cheering up the public. Fool's Day and Self Irony Day - let's mark it this way! The winner of annual contest for the best "Sardine" in her will "flatteringly" speaks about the ruling parties that have promised something and have not done it. A real parade of humor and wit!


Terra Natura Park Murcia Spain

TERRA NATURA

Zoo in Murcia - Terra Natura. An entertainment area for children and parents. The kids will be able to feed several mammals and rodents, ride on pony, see brood of giraffes and communicate with the unknown world around them. Night safaris will be organized for adults. Tariff: Zoo and Aquapark will cost cheaper + additional discounts when buying online.

Coordinates: Calle Regidor Cayetano Gago, s/n, Espinardo.

Las Fallas - the holiday of fire in Murcia

LAS FALLAS

From March 10 to 20, citizens celebrate the holiday of fire - Las Fallas. The carnival lasts almost two weeks and is accompanied by processions and fireworks. A distinctive feature of these celebrations is the burning of wooden dolls, which are giant copies of characters from animated series and comics.

Sports Competitions

SPORTS MATCHES

Real Murcia Football Club performs in Segunda B. He is in one subgroup with another local UCAM team. Would you go on such a derby? BC UKAM - or the united team of the Catholic University takes part in the ACB top league games.

Ikea Murcia

IKEA

Ikea Murcia is a freestanding shopping center with Scandinavian branded goods. The official website of the division: ikea.com/es/es/es/stores/murcia/ Get ideas for furnishing your apartment and choose a room design at:

Parque Comercial Thader, Av. Don Juan de Borbón