Murcia Holidays in 2014

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Magnificent Murcia

Murcia is an inland city located along the River Segura and within touching distance of the beautiful Spanish coast.

Located in Spain’s southern area of Costa Calida, Murcia holidays will expose you to some captivating historic sites and impressive architecture. This cosmopolitan resort is an ideal destination for an engaging cultural experience and an active holiday in the sun. The old town is full of grand buildings, informative museums and pretty churches, while to the south east you’ll be able to access various beautiful beaches.

It is safe to say that holidays in Murcia offer much variety. Pleasing history buffs and beach bums, families and couples – this city is a destination for everyone.

Head to the Beach

The city is within easy reach of a number of great beaches, meaning your Murcia holidays can grab a little bit of sea and sand if the sun is shining. Head to the sandy shores at La Mata, Cura and Locos just 30 km west of Murcia, or alternatively visit the area of San Javier with its many beaches that are also within easy reach.

The beach resort of Torrevieja where there are five Blue Flag beaches to choose from is an ideal location for families pining for beach holidays in Murcia. With a wide range of water sports to choose from, you won’t have any choice but to get your feet wet if you make it down to the coast.

The weather tends to be pretty desirable year-round, particularly in comparison to the British summer. The beaches will fill up around the peak summer months, so paying a visit beforehand in June, or afterwards in September, may be your best bet.

Rich in History

A trip to Murcia would not be complete without a walk around the city’s captivating old town. You’ll find a myriad of attractions dotted around the area including the impressive Cathedral de Santa Maria, San Esteban Church and Almudi Palace.

You should also pay a visit to the 11th century fortress just outside the city on top of the Monteagudo Mountain which is a great example of a Spanish Moorish castle. Back within the city you’ll find a fabulous market, pretty gardens and the intriguing Salzillo Museum, home of many impressive sculptures from the artist of the same name.

The best base to adopt during your Murcia holidays is in and around the historic city centre, and you’ll find a large variation of Murcia hotels awaiting you here, from 5-star options to more affordable accommodation.

Out and About in Murcia

Surrounding Murcia are a number of mountains and hills as well as a flowing, picturesque valley. Visiting one of these peaks will offer you a stunning view of Murcia below, providing particularly impressive sunsets. One of the best places to head to is La Fuensanta Sanctuary which is situated less than 10 km from the city.

Another beautiful place to visit is Sierra Espuna, a beautiful pine forest and mountain area which is fantastic for walking. The surrounding landscape is stunning, especially in the sun when snow is reflected from the towering peaks surrounding the trails.

Huerta de Murcia, which comprises the city and surrounding area, is known as Europe’s orchard. It is an extremely productive fruit, vegetable and flower-producing region, with many of the fruits and vegetables you pick off your local supermarket shelves imported from this area. Paying a visit to some of the fruit or vegetable gardens is a great way to spend an afternoon.

For more inspiration on things to do in Murcia, check out our guide.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Murcia
Flight time: 2 hours 35 minutes

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Things to see

The city of Murcia has a large number of historical monuments and museums as well as art galleries for those who want to explore the city. The nearby coastal town of San Pedro del Pinatar was made famous for its salt water pools and large scale sea salt production. The town is a beautiful example of traditional Spain and has a number of small museums and monuments scattered around the town.

Thigs to do

The rugged landscape of the Murcia region is ideal for a number of adventure activities and there are plenty of facilities located either in the city itself or the surrounding areas. For the more adventurous there are opportunities to go caving and canyoning in the mountainous regions, you can also go canoeing, kayaking and paragliding. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground there are plenty of hiking trails that snake through the countryside.

Festivals

The Holy Week Procession is one of the biggest celebrations in the region, especially in the city of Cartagena along the coast. Bando de la Huerta is a large scale spring festival in the city of Murcia that celebrates local produce and local cuisine; most of the city takes to the streets in fancy dress to watch the parades and marching bands. Another strange springtime festival is the Entierro de la Sardina, or Burial of the Sardine, involving processions and fireworks.

Architecture

Murcia is a historic city filled with ancient monuments and beautiful buildings such as the large Cathedral de Santa Maria in the centre of the city. Some other popular sites include the Castle of Monteagudo, situated on a hilltop outside of the city, and the impressive Almudi Palace. One of the older relics of the city is the 11th century fortress, with its excellent views of the surrounding areas.