Places of interest in Murcia
Spain is a sunny warm country, very popular among tourists. But some of its regions are unjustifiably less popular or almost forgotten. One of them is the blooming Murcia. If you want to know a calm and peaceful Spain, then go here.
Murcia is a region in Spain considered an autonomous community and located in the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. The capital is the city of the same name, in which all the authorities and main attractions are concentrated. In addition, this is where about a third of all local residents live, whose total number is close to one and a half million.
An interesting fact: although the state language is spoken in Murcia, the locals use its dialect, which has a number of differences from the established norms. For example, Murcians can discard final consonants and use strange words of Aragon or Arabic origin.
Nature and climate
The terrain consists of three roughly identical parts: mountains, plains, as well as valleys and lowlands. Murcia is a green region, but most plants are cultivated. Often the community is called the “greenhouse of Spain”, and such an unspoken status is fully justified, since vegetables, flowers and fruits are exported to different parts of Europe from here in vast quantities.
The climate of Murcia is Mediterranean semi-arid. Winter is quite mild and warm: the temperature seldom drops below 9-10 degrees. And in summer it is very hot here, a thermometer can show about 35-40 degrees. There are some climatic differences due to the proximity of the sea and the relief. So, the coast is warmer, while in the inner parts it is cool and much more rain falls.
How to get there?
You can get to Murcia by plane: the local airport is about forty kilometers from the capital. And you can fly to Madrid from Madrid. Another option is to fly to a nearby airport, and then go directly to Murcia. You can get to the center of the capital either by bus or by taxi.
Where to stay, how to navigate?
In the territory of beautiful Murcia, there are not so many large hotels, and yet they are, and some work on the "all inclusive" system. Also, tourists are available to hotels, and the most budget option is a hostel. A large family can rent a villa in a picturesque place.
Moving around the area can be on buses or trams, the line of which is actively developing. You can get from the capital to other cities of Murcia or regions of Spain by train, but the rail service is not yet well established.
What to see on holiday in the city of Murcia or its surroundings? Many attractions are concentrated in the capital, but some are outside. Attention of tourists deserve such places as:
- Paseo del Malecon is, perhaps, the best boulevard for walking.
- The square of Cardinal Bellugi with the majestic and huge cathedral of St. Mary. This building is a combination of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance elements, having a height of over 90 meters and two dozen bells.
- If you are an admirer of art, then by all means visit the museum of Francisco Salzio.This sculptor created many colorful compositions in the baroque style.
- It is worth seeing Puente del Hospital and Pasarela-Jorge Manrique. These two bridges are local attractions and creations of the real master Santiago Calatrava.
- The residence of the bishops of Murcia is an 18th century building.
- Glorieta Square is located on the banks of the largest Murcia river Segura and was founded here in the XVIII century.
- The local attraction is considered to be the Romea Theater, which was named after the Spanish actor Julian Romea.
What to do in Murcia?
If you decide to make a trip to Murcia, then you have several interesting activities:
- Beach vacation. It will delight you with clean practically white sand, gentle sunshine and warm clear water. The best beaches of Murcia are Costa Calida and La Manga.
- To get aesthetic pleasure, visit one of the fragrant and flowering gardens of the region.
- Visiting excursions, you can better know Murcia and its history. And one of them is free of charge and is provided by everyone who wishes to the local municipality.
- Be sure to go to at least one performance in the Romea Theater, because it is considered the best in all of Spain.
- You can just stroll through the picturesque streets of Murcia and look around, enjoying the magnificent views and pleasant aromas.
- Be sure to visit the Aquarium, which is located in the local university and reveals some of the secrets of the underwater world.
- Immerse yourself in the nightlife of the region. Despite the fact that Murcia is a quiet corner of Spain, there are a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants, and some work until late at night or until the morning.
- Feel the spirit of Murcia, visiting one of the local events, such as various festivals, carnivals.
- There are many exhibition and concert halls, in which from time to time something interesting is arranged.
The indigenous people of Murcia consider their national cuisine as another attraction, and it is truly colorful and diverse. The main products are rice, numerous fresh vegetables, fish, seafood, meats and gourmet cheeses. Be sure to try the local pies, sausages, grilled sardines and spicy cheese with pepper.
As for drinks, wines are especially appreciated, with very different varieties: red, white and even pink. Their recipes are kept secret and passed on from generation to generation. The taste and flavor are awesome!
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