Murcia and the Costa Calida
Situated at only 43 m above sea level in the Segura horticultural valley, Murcia, founded in the 9th century by the Amir of Córdoba, is the regional capital. Its historical centre on the banks of the Segura, or the remains of Almunia Real, residence of the Moorish kings, are examples of the city’s historical past.
The streets of the historic centre, dominated by the towers of its Cathedral, still bear the names of the craftsmen’s corporations that were established there. Calle Platería, rue des orfèvres, calle Jabonerías, rue des Savonniers… Murcia has an architectural heritage and several museums.
The situation in this closed valley, together with its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, gives Murcia a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winters and very hot summers and an annual sunshine of 300 days.
The richness of Huerta fruit and vegetables, the main ingredients of local gastronomy enhanced by Bullas, Jumilla or Yeda wines.
Its proximity to the Costa Cálida and the Mar Menor, separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a strip of land 24 km long, makes it a privileged seaside destination.
Visits to Murcia
Plaza Cardinal Belluga Plaza
Dating from the 14th century, Murcia Cathedral combines the styles that have shaped its renovations and furnishings over the years. The facade is Baroque, the interior combines Gothic and Renaissance decoration. In the old cloister, the sacristy presents an interesting collection of sacred art and sculptures by Francisco Salzillo. From the top of the tower, the view offers a beautiful panorama on Mucie.
Open from 7am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm, from 6pm to 9pm in July and August. Free admission. Admission to the cathedral museum at 3 €.
Virgen de la Fuansanta Sanctuary
Algezares, on the heights of Murcia
The Virgin of Fuensanta took over from the Virgin of Arrixaca as Patroness of Murcia in the seventeenth century, when, during a great period of drought, the rain fell abundantly during a procession.
Access to the sanctuary gives us a panoramic view of Murcia’s city and countryside. Procession of the Virgin to the cathedral every 11th September.
Open every day from 9am to 1pm – 4pm to 6:30pm / 7pm, in summer. Free admission.
Real Casino de Murcia
Calle Trapería, 8
Close to the cathedral, the Real Casino de Murcia is one of the emblematic buildings of Murcia.
It has remained the seat of a private club since 1847, but has been open to the public ever since. It is a beautifully decorated building with various influences and works covering all the artistic currents that have existed in Spain.
Every day from 10:30am to 7pm. Admission: 5 € / Reduced fare 3 €, with audioguide.
Avenida Alfonso X, 7. Free admission.
The visit of the archaeological museum of Murcia allows us to discover objects from the Roman and Muslim periods, but also prehistory from the city and its region. Also presentation of antique coins from the 15th to 20th century.
Santa Clara la Real Monastery Museum
Gran via Alfonso X, 1. Free admission.
A small museum that covers the artistic and historical heritage of the nuns. Not to mention a fine collection of Islamic art from the region.
Ramon Gaya Museum
Plaza Santa Catalina. Free admission.
This museum presents various works by the artist from Murcia Ramón Gaya, painted in the city and Mexico, as well as a collection of paintings by friends.
The Costa Cálida extends 250 km from the beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar, north of Cartagena, the largest town and main port in the region, to the fishing village of Águilas in the south.
It concerns the entire Mediterranean coastline of the province of Murcia in south-eastern Spain, with Manga del Mar Menor, a 20 km long dune cord separating this small inland sea from the Mediterranean. An area particularly endowed with beaches and tourist infrastructures.
On the other hand, almost closing the lagoon, is the wetland of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. This regional park, a special protection area for birds, is a sanctuary for flamingos and other migratory birds. Dunes, sometimes up to three metres high, run along the beaches, alongside salt marshes and pine forests.
The nautical resort of the Mar Menor as well as those of Mazarrón or Águilas offer many nautical activities, sailing, windsurfing, diving, scooter of the seas…
From Cabo de Palos to Águilas, the mountain flirts with the Mediterranean. At Tiñoso Cape, Cabo Tiñoso, the Sierra de la Muela, Cabo Tiñoso y Roldán stretches out to Mazarrón Bay. A protected area for birds, this part of the coast is characterized by mountainous slopes going down to the sea, cliffs and rocky beaches.
A small port city in the extreme west of the Costa Cálida, Águilas with its fishing port well sheltered in the bay of Levante, in addition to its cultural riches, has vast beaches.
On the other side of Punta del Nido del Cuervo, the Bay del Fraile and the Isla del Fraile, the island of Le Moine is a rocky islet that will delight diving enthusiasts.
Caravaca de la Cruz
Location: 75 km west of Murcia or 30 km north of Lorca.
Bus: many regular connections with Murcia
Caravaca de la Cruz has important religious sites with a pleasant visit to the medieval town centre. For, like Santiago de Compostela or Jerusalem, this holy city celebrates the jubilee year, every 7 years…
Location: 65 km southwest of Murcia.
Bus: Regular connections with Murcia, about every hour.
Train: Explanada de la Estación, 1 daily connection to Murcia
In the heart of a mountainous land, the castle, perched on a large promontory, overlooks Lorca. Formerly a fortified city, 2 towers remain from its ramparts: the Torre Espolón and the Torre Alfonsia.
In the old town, we discover some of the most beautiful architectural evidence of the period: the baroque facade of the town hall with its fine arcades, the Pósito, a house adorned with the imperial coat of arms of Charles I or the Casa de los Guevana, a baroque palace dating from the late 17th century.
For lodging, the small hotels in the city centre are very accessible, except during Holy Week, when the rates tend to increase dramatically…
Let’s also note the local speciality: migas con tropezones, fried bread crumb with garlic and pieces of meat…
San Pedro del Pinatar
Location: 50 km southeast of Murcia and 35 km north-east of Cartagena
San Pedro del Pinatar is known to be Europe’s largest open-air fangotherapy area (therapeutic use of marine sludge).
The Regional Park of Las Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar is a protected area that is home to many migratory birds every year, including pink flamingos towards the end of summer. Renting a bike to cover the park is a very good option. Mud baths are open in summer.
Jumilla and the Ruta del Vino
Location: 70 km north of Murcia
Bus: Yecla-Jumilla-Murcia line, departures every hour.
Jumilla is a stopover of choice for Spanish wine lovers, knowing that the city has its own Denominación de origen, a wine with fruity flavours.
In the Murcia region, the 2 other appellations: Bullas and Yecla, have created with Jumilla a wine route.
This takes place in the main bodegas of the surroundings. It usually includes a visit and tasting. Information and organizations from tourist offices.
Usually open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:30am to 2pm…
Jumilla: Plaza del Rollo
Yecla: Plaza Mayor, Casa de los Arcos
Bullas: Avenida de Murcia, 75
You will find most of the cheap hostels in the old quarter and on the other side of the Segura River. There is a wide choice of establishments in Murcia: