A university city in south-east Spain, Murcia stands out for its Baroque architecture, lavish cathedrals and lively plazas. Murcia is also home to inviting cafes, historic castles, convents and gardens.
Things to do in Murcia
Visit Plaza Cardenal Belluga, home to Murcia’s architectural landmarks. Explore the sculptures, bell tower and ornate chapels of Murcia Cathedral, then pay your respects at the tomb of King Alfonso X. Stroll over to the enormous pastel-coloured facade of Episcopal Palace, a rococo-style masterpiece, and view the beautiful Staircase of Honour and Palace Chapel.
Tour Real Casino de Murcia, a private social club with a frescoed ceiling depicting Murcia’s renowned cultural figures, including Francisco Salzillo. Experience life inside a working convent at Santa Clara la Real Convent and Museum, which boasts royal palace remains, Moorish arches, religious art and ceramics. Go on a pilgrimage to the 9th-century Monteagudo Castle, a hillside edifice topped with a towering white statue of Christ.
Relax with an afternoon espresso at Plaza de las Flores, a beloved gathering spot lined with small boutiques, tea shops and stand-up tapas bars. You can also admire ancient ficus trees in Floridablanca Gardens on the banks of Segura River or see Roman and Moorish artefacts at Murcia Archaeological Museum.
Travelling with young children? Head over to Terra Natura Murcia, a conservation zoo housing endangered species, such as the Iberian wolf and European lynx. The surrounding parklands offer scenic walking trails twisting through pine forests and scented shrubs.
Getting around Murcia
Rental cars are available in several locations throughout the city or at Murcia-San Javier Airport, about a 30-minute drive away. Buses and taxis offer convenient transportation, while trams also run to nearby suburbs.