Murcia is the capital of the Spanish autonomous region of Murcia of the same name. It is also the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia. The city is located in southeastern Spain on the Segura River. It is the seventh largest city in Spain by population (about 460,000 inhabitants). The area is 881.86 square kilometers.
Murcia is inland, but after a relatively short drive you will soon be on the beaches of the southern Costa Blanca and the Costa Cálida. The city has a fascinating history, but it certainly doesn't just live in the past. Today it is buzzing with atmosphere and conviviality thanks to the many young people who study at the two local universities. The Murcia region is an important center of fruit and vegetable cultivation, because the soil is very fertile. Go on a discovery from your home in Murcia and be surprised.
Murcia was founded in 825 by the Moorish emir Abderramán II. The founder was immortalized with a statue in the city. Under the rule of Alfonso X (Crown of Castile), it was one of the capitals, along with Seville and Toledo. The court alternately stayed in one of these cities. The history book of Murcia obviously contains many more pages. Immerse yourself in the rich local past in the center of the city, where various historical sights await you.
The Cathedral of Murcia (La Santa Iglesia Catedral de Santa María) takes you back to the Middle Ages, and more specifically to the end of the fourteenth century. Over the centuries, the cathedral was regularly overhauled. For example, the impressive baroque facade was only built in the eighteenth century. Be sure to step inside this building and be surprised by some lavishly decorated chapels. In the museum you will learn more about the history of the cathedral. Next to this religious temple you will find the impressive bishop's palace with a special red-colored facade. Another church in Murcia worth seeing is the Iglesia de Santa Catalina. You will also find some interesting monasteries in the city.
A stone's throw from the cathedral is the Casino Real de Murcia. This building now serves as a private club where people can meet. Inside, you can admire beautiful spaces full of ornate details, including a ballroom. You have to pay to enter, but it is well worth it. The town hall of Murcia is housed in the neoclassical Casa Consistorial. It is located in Plaza de la Glorieta, a square brightened by colorful flowers and fountains.
In Murcia you will find some interesting museums. We think, for example, of the Museo Ramón Gaya, named after the painter and writer born in Murcia. The permanent collection shows you not only his works, but also creations by fellow painters from the same generation. The Museo Salzillo is dedicated to the Baroque art of the famous Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo y Alcaraz.
If you want to experience the flavors of Murcia after a portion of culture, head to the Mercado de Verónicas. In this building from the early twentieth century, you can fill your shopping bag with fresh products for your home in Murcia. The market was built between 1912 and 1916. Do you stay in your home during the spring? Then you should not miss the Fiestas de Primavera. These festivities take place just after Semana Santa (Holy Week). They are the ideal opportunity to get acquainted with the traditions, typical costumes and gastronomy of Murcia.
During your stay in your holiday home in Murcia you don't have to limit yourself to the city alone. After all, you can easily take a trip to some other fascinating places. On the coast you will find the city of Cartagena with an impressive Roman theatre. East of Murcia, Orihuela awaits you with a beautiful historic center.
There is also no shortage of nature in Murcia and its surroundings. You can go into the mountains and then visit the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Cálida. Or explore the lagoon of the Mar Menor and admire the salt lakes of Torrevieja (Valencian region). The choice is yours!
Murcia is a big city and so you will find a very wide gastronomic offer. You can taste both regional cuisine and flavors from world cuisine. For more experimental dishes, head to Local de Ensayo, by chef David López. He conjures up works of art on your plate with fresh organic seasonal products. The industrial interior provides a stylish setting for culinary enjoyment.
Another excellent address to spoil your taste buds is Rincón de Pepe. This is one of the classics in town. The menu includes refined meat and fish dishes. La Pequeña Taberna is also one of the established values in Murcia. You can enjoy, among other things, king prawns in the garlic, jamón serrano and various rice dishes. A delicious tiramisu is the ideal sweet finish.
Sushi fans can tick Kokoro o in their agenda. In this stylish restaurant you can enjoy the pure flavors of Japanese cuisine, and that in southeastern Spain. You will discover the traditional cuisine of Murcia at Puerta de Murcia. Other recommendations include Alma Mater, Keki and Perro Limón. Go on a culinary journey through Murcia and let yourself be pampered by the local chefs.
What could be more fun than being able to practice your favorite sport during your stay? Near Murcia you will find superb golf facilities with everything you could dream of as an amateur golfer. For example, you can head to Hacienda Riquelme Golf, a course designed by Nicklaus Design. You can enjoy yourself on eighteen holes. Nearby you will also find Club de Golf Altorreal. This golf course is located in the hills above the city and also has eighteen holes. Another excellent option close by is El Valle Golf, set in a desert-like landscape.
Even if you look a bit more towards the coast, you will find excellent options. For example, we are thinking of La Manga Club, La Serena Golf, Roda Golf, Club de Golf Torre-Pacheco, UGOLF Mar Menor and Las Ramblas So many options!
If you like the sun, you've come to the right place in Murcia. The city has a dry Mediterranean climate and an average annual temperature of about 18 degrees. The sun shines most of the year. This makes it easy to get out and plan outdoor activities, or simply relax on the patio of your home during the mild winter. Summers can be hot in this part of Spain, but don't worry. After all, Murcia city is a short distance from the coast, where you will find it a little cooler.
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