Murcia (city)

Murcia is a sizable city (according to Spanish average) with 439,000 inhabitants by 2009, ranking seventh in Spain. It's located in southeastern Spain, inland but not far from the coast. It’s mainly a services city and an important university town. Murcia is known for its Huerta and its famous products (fruits and vegetables) exported all over Spain and Europe, its folklore (mainly based around its Huerta), its festivals and its several baroque churches. It's the capital of the Murcia Region, one of the seventeen autonomous communities in which Spain is divided into.

Understand

The city of Murcia was founded in 831 by Abd-Al-Rahman II in the center of the Segura river valley. The remnants of this Moorish rule can be seen in the still-visible city wall, which contrasts strongly with the city's numerous churches, mainly of baroque style, on which cause is known for being "the baroque city in Levante (southeastern Spain)".

Murcia city itself is typically Spanish but a little cosmopolitan, it is more of a peaceful place to live: lots of safe, pedestrian streets, large green areas, very kind people, and neither too quiet nor too busy. Since it's placed inland, Murcia tends to be calm during the holiday season when people move to the coast, and lively during the school year, especially since it is an university town.

The most famous thing about Murcia used to be its vegetables; neighbors from Cartagena call residents of Murcia "green stomach" (but Murcianos are really angry with that).

Get in

By plane

Murcia is served by San Javier Airport, with many international flights including Belfast, Bergen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Helsinki, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oslo, Southampton, Stavanger and Trondheim. Domestic flights are also available from Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca.

Alicante Airport is an hour away and has a larger choice of domestic and international flights, including many low cost airlines.

New Corvera Airport is, currently, under construction. This airport will improve the current connections of Murcia with Europe because it will offer more flights than San Javier Airport.

By car

Distances to/from Murcia: Madrid 405 km, Albacete 145 km, Alicante 80 km, Cartagena 50 km

See

Museums

Do

A walker/cycle friendly hotel in the area with fantastic views of the Barrancos de Gebas and only 2 minutes walk and you are in the regional park of the Sierra Espuna is Hotel la Mariposa in Gebas, a renovated farmstead and tobacco outlet converted into a beautiful mountain hotel.

Buy

One of the most famous streets in Murcia is Traperia street and Plateria street, both very near of the Cathedral. Here, everyone can find the best brands of clothes. Also, Murcia has a large list of shopping and leisure centers: Nueva Condomina, Thader, El Tiro, El Corte Inglés...

Eat

Restaurante Via Apostolo, Calle los apostoles, 22. Tel: +34 968 212 379. On the south-eastern side of the cathedral. A nice place for pizzas, pastas, and good wine or beer right next to the cathedral with outdoor seating on a pedestrian street. Check opening times in July and August.

Plaza de Las Flores, the most traditional spot in the city to have "aperitivo" (small snack/drinks before lunch).

Cafe Gran Bar, Gran Via Alfonso Decimo,1. A tradional spot for more than 50 years, this place is thought by many to provide the best "Marineras" in town. Marineras are a really traditional Murcian Snack featuring a base of flour dough, covered with potato salad and an anchovy on top.

Sleep

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