10 Things to do in Murcia, Spain
Murcia is one of the lesser-visited regions in the South of Spain, which means you don’t have to share the beauty, the architecture, the history with hordes of tourists like. And while there are so many free things to do in Barcelona and other places, it’s lovely to be somewhere new. It’s a great spot to escape the chill of Northern European winters with over 300 days of sun, and because it hasn’t been flooded with tourists, it’s great value too. What more can you ask for! There are lots of things to do in Murcia to keep tourists occupied for a week or two, so come and explore before the word is out and the Alicante and Benidorm crew, just an hour or so away, discover it and it’s not the peaceful paradise it currently is!
Anyway, check out the 10 best things to do in Murcia, Spain before you plan your Murcia Itinerary:
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Mar Menor is one of the largest lagoons in Europe. The lagoon is full of saltwater, disconnected from the Mediterranean Sea by 20km sand bar. The saltwater in the lagoon never exceeds 7m. It’s become a hugely popular hotspot for all types of watersports. One of the true highlights of any trip to Murcia, Spain. It’s also a great spot for golf.
The Fuensanta Sanctuary
A monument of national importance. The church construction began way back in 1694, taking 9 years to build. During the Spanish civil war, it suffered significant damage, but thankfully has seen been restored. Another highlight of the Sanctuary is that it still on a hill outside Murcia City giving breathtaking panoramic views of Murcia and the surrounding landscape.
9am to 1pm, and again 4pm until 6.30pm each day (Free of charge)
The Cathedral de Murcia
One of the 2 most famous things to do in Murcia. The Cathedral de Murcia. A 14century Roman Catholic Church in the capital’s centre. At first sight, it appears a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, but it also boasts 3 other important Architectural styles – Baroque architecture, Renaissance architecture and Neoclassical architecture. It dominates the lively Plaza del Cardenal (listed below) and serves as the backdrop to many a night on the town in central Murcia.
Open from 10am to 5pm every day (7 Euro).
The Plaza del Cardenal Belluga
The plaza is dominated by 3 wonderful building, the cathedral de Murcia (as listed above), The Episcopal palace and Rafaël Moneo building. But the Plaza is more than just a place with historical importance. It’s also alive will Murcian culture. With its numerous cafes and bars is the hip centre of Murcia city, and although it’s worth visiting at any time for its architectural sights, it is especially lively at night. On your trip to Murcia, figure spending at least one evening of dinner and drinks here.
Cartegena’s Roman Theatre
The icon of Murcia. Cartegena’s Roman Theatre dates all the way back to the 5th century BC. The ongoing restoration of which is a triumph, giving visitors the opportunity to really imagine Roman life there from barbaric battles to the death, to poetry readings.
Open from 10am to 6pm in Winter, and until 8pm in the summer months (until 2pm on Sunday)
Lorca Castle (the Fortaleza del Sol)
The medieval Lorca Castle (also known as the Fortress of the Sun) is another must for those who enjoy the past. It was constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries and is a defensive structure which was seen as impenetrable for generations.
Open from 11am to 4pm every day during the winter, and until 6.30pm in the summer months.
The Castillo de la Luz
The oldest fort in the Southeast of Spain, at over 500 years old. The Arab Castillo de la Luz (Castle of Light) should also be on the agenda of history buffs, adventure lovers, those who enjoy architecture, and of course anyone who likes a good view. Built-in the 9th century, it is largely a ruin, but with an almost 500 ft elevation, it has a panoramic view of the area. Today it’s used as a cultural and exhibition centre for both international and national events.
Open daily 10am to 7pm (2pm on Sundays, and closed on Mondays)
One of Spain’s most notable animal and nature parks. The park has created a natural habitat for over 300 animals, from lemurs to lions, hippos to bears. There’s also a falconry zone and an Aqua Natura water park! Perfect for a day trip while in Murcia.
Plaza De Las Flores
The Plaza De Las Flores is in Murcia’s Old Quarter. It’s a great spot for tapas, or even better, an al fresco beer. It’s pedestrianized, allowing for countless bars, shops and restaurants. But, it’s not just a place to socialise though, it has historical importance. It’s found within the medieval walls and was the main thoroughfare for Murcia for centuries.
Northeast of Murcia you’ll find a sharp, rocky landscape dominated by a limestone mountain almost 150m tall. Atop of it sits a Jesus statue overlooking the city. It’s a steep hike up to the gates, but you’re rewarded with some pretty spectacular views of the landscape beneath you. Monteagudo Castle was first established back in the 9th century, although it’s been destroyed and rebuild a few times since. The Christ statue wasn’t actually added until as recently as 1950.
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