Murcia is the capital of Costa Calida in Spain, a place where the new commingles with the old. It maybe you regular Spanish town, but it has a lot of interesting things going on for it, worth your visit. Murcia has been nicknamed the ‘University City’ due to its substantial population of students. Just over 30,000 students attend its university.
Some of the main highlights of Murcia are cathedrals, churches, museums and the University. It shouldn’t be difficult to find accommodation for your visit, but if you planning to attend some University event, book your hotel early to avoid disappointments.
Murcia closest international airport is the San Javier airport. Airplanes fly in from most European countries regularly. The explosion of tourism and students led to a 77 % increase in air traffic comparing the year 1996 to 2006. Mar Menor (Europe’s largest salt water lake) is also within the region of Murcia, a fantastic spot for water sports, outdoors activities, fishing, wildlife, etc.
Once in the city center of Murcia you are spoilt for choice of hotels, an example is the Hotel Nelva a contemporary option. It is located about 4 km away the city center, at about $75 US per night, it is worth your consideration. Just in the center, there is the Catalonia Conde de Floridablanca, only a few walk away the shops and the city’s cathedral.
If you are after a retreat and golf resort the Inter Continetal Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa in Murcia might be your best bet. It has 18 holes equipped with other amenities for you convenience. You can also retreat to enjoy its various spa treatments available.
There is a lot to see in Murcia when you decide to explore, one of your spots should be the Cathedral of Murcia. It tower can be seen from any part of the city, and the uniquely crafted access doors stand it apart. Puerta Del Perdon is the main entrance, while the northern side doors are Portada de Los Apostoles and Portada de Las Cadenas. The lavish interior is embellished with gold and other precious items. You are also allowed a tour up the tower, from where you are gifted with the panoramic view of the city.
I recommend a visit to the Almudi Art Palace, it has become both Murcia’s center of art and archives after its renovation in the mid-1980s. In the past, the clergy used it to house corn collected as the church’s tithes.
The Museo de la Ciudad should also be on your list. It holds a plethora of Murcia historical artefacts. You are consequently exposed to the history and culture of the citizens in this region.
For fun, visit the Gran Casino Murcia, play with the slot machines amongst others while you take in the view of its ornate ballroom. For relaxation, the Spa La Manga Club located at the Hyatt Las Lomas Village & Spa is the place to be. With Jacuzzi tubs, steam rooms, manicures, pedicures, reflexology and massage for your delight. It also has a 6 lanes 25 m swimming pool.
Above are just a few things to do in Murcia, maximise you stay with all the goodies it has to offer. It is a great little city to explore.