Sightseeing in Murcia
On the Spanish coast, Murcia is a beautiful destination for sightseeing as well as sunbathing. You can visit a range of great places from the relaxing Costa Calida ("the warm coast"), with beautiful sandy beaches, to Mar Menor. This is the worlds' largest salt-water lagoon and said to be 5 degrees warmer than the sea! There are many fantastic watersports to try out here including sailing and windsurfing. If watersports don't 'float your boat' then why not try out the cycling... or head for the bar!
Murcia is a great mix of the old and new with a modern city full of shops, cafes and bars. La Traperia has some of the best stores if you fancy some holiday shopping as well as a range of fantastic restaurants to eat out in the evening. You could try your luck at Murcia's Casino also found along this main street. A popular place to visit is the 18th century square La Glorieta situated in the centre of Murcia and the magnificent architecture of the Cathedral of Santa Maria always attracts visitors. The Museum de la Ciudad featuring historical artifacts of Murcia is worth a visit, as is the Museo de la Ciencia y el Agua which has interactive exhibits.
Fun Seekers in Murcia
Beautiful sandy beaches, the world's largest salt-water lagoon and waterports like sailing and windsurfing are all good reasons for visting Murcia. Castillicos Beach is popular with young people whether you want to bask in the sun or get involved in watersports at the nearby harbour of Tomas Mestre.
Great nightlife in Murcia
Murcia is a fairly relaxed destination but still has it's fair share of nightlife. As a university town, it has plenty of bars and pubs with the best ones found around the University in the Barrio de la Merced area. There are a few nightclubs where you can dance till you drop like Lennons, playing the best in recent dance tunes, and Rockfellers where you can ride the mechanical bull! The Spanish start their nights out late though so don't expect the clubs to fill up till after midnight! KM Disco Garden is Murcia's main club with a huge capacity, 12 bars and the best garden area to chill out in with a drink or two during the hot evenings! For a night out with a difference try catch a dinner show at Murcia Palace where you will be served a delicious 4 course meal while enjoying a spectacular show!
Family Fun in Murcia
Murcia makes a great family holiday destination where you can enjoy good weather all year round. There are plenty of safe beaches where the kids can have fun making sandcastles and paddling in the sea whilst Mum and Dad have a well-earned rest on the sun loungers with a cocktail in hand! Bolnuevo Beach, with calm waters and soft golden sands, is popular with families and has all the necessary amenities such as a snack bar and picnic area. You can also hire out water sports equipment if you want to do something a little more energetic. Nares Beach gets a bit busier than Bolnuevo in the summer but also has calm waters making it ideal for children.
Sightseeing attractions for Family Fun
El Castillo (The Castle) is a fun place for the whole family to visit, dating back to the 13th Century. You can take in amazing views across Murcia from the castle which often holds interactive workshops for children in the summer months.
Beautiful Beaches in Murcia
Spend your days lazing on the golden sands of one of Murcia's glorious beaches or wandering around the historical old square La Glorieta, stopping off for an ice cream at one of the parlours on La Traperia. In the evening take a romantic stroll alongside the beach which is lit up beautifully at night, especially at Christmas time.
Sample the local cuisine in Murcia
Murcia has a lot of good restaurants that cater for all tastes and if it's typical Spanish cuisine you are looking for then stews, salads, roasted meat, rice, and great seafood can be found in restaurants lining the coast. Wash this down with a glass or three of the high quality Murcian wine and you are all set for the perfect holiday! For a luxurious romantic meal then try eating at the Hotel Rincon de Pepe for delicious traditional cuisine with sweet red pudding wine, Monastrell, to wash it down.
Only 20 minutes from Murcia airport is the exclusive resort of La Manga, where sport stars and sun seekers alike flock to frequent the trendy bars and restaurants. With great beaches and plenty of terrace bars this is the perfect place to grab a cocktail and do a bit of people watching until the sun goes down.
Top Tips in Murcia
Murcia is famous for its Spanish cuisine, especially Paella rice, so choose from one of the best restaurants in the centre and enjoy a relaxing meal washed down with a glass of Spanish wine!
- Please, thank you – Por favor, gracias
- How much? – ¿Cuanto es?
- Good morning/afternoon/night – Buenos dias/buenas tardes/buenas noches.Excuse me – Perdon
- How are you? – ¿Como esta?
- I don't understand – No entiendo
- Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted ingles?
- I don't speak Spanish – No hablo español.
- I would like… - Quisiera…
- Is there a bank/post office near here? – ¿Hay un banco/correos cerca de aqui?
- Do you have…? – ¿Tiene…?
- The time – la hora
- A double room – una habitacion con cama matrimonial.
- Where is…? – ¿Donde esta…?
- The train station – la estacion de ferrocarril
- The bus station – la estacion de autobuses
Cost of a pint of beer: £1.50