Spend some time in the Spanish sun; book flights to Murcia. The Murcia coast is a real holiday hotspot for savvy, sun seeking travellers from all over Europe, and it’s no wonder why! When you fly to Murcia, you know that you’re getting buckets of sunshine, miles of beach, acres of golf courses, and endless clubs, pubs and restaurants – the perfect mix for a superb sun holiday. And if you like to do a little sightseeing before you hit the sand, Murcia itself is well worth exploring for a day or two – even if just for its incredible food scene tapas alone! Book flights to Murcia with Ryanair.
Population
1,2 million, 436,900 in Murcia
Currency
Euro, € 1 = 100 cents
Weather forecast
+23 ... 31°C
It is easy to take day trips from Murcia, either by rental car, train or bus. The villages in the surrounding mountains are well worth a visit. The coastal region of Costa Cálida has many interesting destinations such as Lorva’s baroque buildings and the quaint village of Moratalla.
Museo Salzillo

Sculptor Francisco Salzillo lived in Murcia in the 18th century. Christianity heavily inspired his original and colourful work. Each Easter his art is used in the traditional parade through the city. The Muzeo Salzillo displays close to 500 of his works of art.

​Address: 3, Plaza San Agustín​Phone: +34 968 291 893​Website: www.museosalzillo.es
Cardinal Belluga Square

This square is flanked by two of the city’s most interesting buildings. Opposite the impressive cathedral is the 18th century Palacio Episcopal. Construction started in the 14th century and today its impressive tower reaches over 300 feet above the ground.

​Address: Cardinal Belluga square
Ricote Valley

This relatively unknown valley is home to several charming small towns including Ricote, Ojós and Abáran. The landscape is dotted with leafy fruit farms, and the surrounding hills are popular for hiking and mountain biking.

​Address: Ricote Valley
Caravaca De La Cruz

Northwest of Murcia is the small, historic town Caravaca de la Cruz. In the 16th and 17th century, Caravaca was the political centre of a vast territory, governed by the Order of the Temple and Order of Santiago. The splendid castle and the renaissaince Salvador church are the towns´ main attractions.

​Address: Caravaca de la Cruz
Mar Menor

One of the coast’s natural attractions is Mar Menor, the largest saltwater lake in Europe. Nearby is the old fishing village of Cabo de Palos, and the unexploited beaches of the Calblanque National Park.

​Address: Calblanque National Park
Plage de Calblanque

Regional Park Calblanque is a beautiful nature reserve and a protected area with amazing sandy beaches, cliffs and mountains. There is a small visitor centre where you can get more information about flora and fauna, or get the routes for the hiking trails. Be aware, there are no facilities like cafés and restaurants here since this is a protected area.

​Address: Cartagena
Cathedral de Santa Maria

Cathedral de Santa Maria was built in 1394 and is Murcia´s most important monument. It has outstanding details, both inside and outside, with elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The bell tower is 90 meters tall and has 24 bells, each named individually.

​Address: Plaza Cardenal Belluga
Real Casino de Murcia

Real Casino de Murcia is located in city center just a short distance from the Cathedral and can be described as a social club for the elite. This exclusive environment is however open for the public during specific hours. This is a very unique building with beautiful decoration with a modern Arab room, beautiful art nouveau library, a nice ball room and a glass gallery.

​Address: Traperia, 22, 30001 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 215 399​Website: www.casinomurcia.com
Roman Theatre Museum

This amphitheatre is wonderfully preserved and was built between 5 and 1 BC. There is also a museum connected to this place, it has excellent exhibits that display historical artefacts from the theatre.

​Address: Plaza Condesa de Peralta, 30202 Cartagena​Phone: +34 968 504 802​Website: www.teatroromanocartagena.org
Museo Nacional de Arqueologia Subacuatica

This is a place where you can learn more about the underwater cultural heritage. On display is a huge collection of underwater artefacts, old sailing ships and trade. The museum is also devoted to naval construction, navigation and ports of the Mediterranean. The museum is located in an impressive modern building and inside you will find a café-restaurant that offers magnificent views of the bay of Cartagena.

​Address: Paseo Alfonso XII, 22, 30201 Cartagena​Phone: +34 968 121 166​Website: http://museoarqua.mcu.es
Castillo de Lorca

For an excursion, head over to this amazing castle, located in Lorca. To get up to the castle there is a small road train that leaves from the visitor centre (Lorca centre). At Castillo de Lorca you will meet staff in costume who tries to make each part of the castle come to life.

​Address: Lorca, 30800 Murcia
Rafting In Murcia

Why not try some adventure sports like river rafting or kayaking! You do not need any experience when river rafting due to the stability of the boat and due to the experienced guides. Here you can just enjoy the beautiful scenery and the adrenaline. There are also many activities that are adapted for the whole family. This will be a memory for life!

​Address: Avenida Río Segura s/n, 30540 Blanca​Phone: +34 695 358 956​Website: www.blancaclubpiraguismo.com​More info: blancaclubpiraguismo@hotmail.com
Cueva del Puerto

Cueva del Puerto is one of the largest caves in eastern Spain and located in the beautiful Sierra del Puerto Mountains. It offers many beautiful underground rooms such as the Zona del Laberinto, Gran Diaclasa, Gran Bloque and Sala de los Claustros. The amazing and colourful stalagmites and flowstones stand out here. Caving is also possible for those who love extreme experiences.

​Address: Cueva del Puerto Calasparra, Murcia​Phone: +34 968 723 000​Website: www.cuevasturisticas.com
The Spanish Civil War Museum

Learn more about the Spanish Civil War and take an emotional trip to this interesting and informative museum. Here you can experience real life bunker completed with air raid sound effects. It also provides many exhibits, oral histories, films and photos.

​Address: C/ Gisbert, 10 C.P, 30202 Cartagena​Website: www.cartagenapuertodeculturas.com
Parque Minero de La Union

Parque Minero de La Union opened in the summer of 2010 and is a unique tourist attraction where you can learn about the mining history of La Union´s past. There is plenty to see both inside and outside the mine. Keep in mind; it is necessary to book your visit in advance. They also provide English speaking tour guides.

​Address: Carretera del 33, s/n, La Unión​Phone: +34 902 520 014​Website: www.parqueminerodelaunion.es
The narrow alleyways of Murcia’s old town are lined with restaurants. Fortunately they haven’t watered down their menus for tourists. Instead they serve genuine Spanish Mediterranean fare with fresh produce, smooth olive oil, delicious sausages, and of course fish and sea food. The region’s rice dishes are well known, as rice is being grown in the nearby village of Calasparra.
Hispano

Many come here for the tapas, but those who stay for dinner won’t be disappointed. This rustic restaurant has a well-stocked wine cellar, and bakes its own bread.

​Address: Calle Radio Murcia, 3​Phone: +34 968 216 52​Website: www.restaurantehispano.es
Restaurante El Churra

For a modern take on Murcia cuisine, try El Churra. It also offers a calm, aesthetically pleasing environment, with white linen cloths and beautifully presented dishes.

​Address: Obispo Sancho Dávila, 13, 30007 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 271 522​Website: www.elchurra.net
El Chaleco

There are good restaurants in the whole region around Murcia. One of the best is El Chaleco in Alhama de Murcia, approximately 12,5 miles south of the city. El Chaleco was the Murcia representative during the 1992 Seville World Fair.

​Address: Avenida Almirante Bastarreche, 9, 30 840 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 630104​Website: www.restaurante-elchaleco.com
La Casa Del Reloj

San Pedro del Pinatar is a popular small town by the coast. It is also home to La Casa del Reloj. Its Victorian style architecture from the late 19th century is a remnant of when this area was being developed as the Spanish equivalent of the French Riviera. La Casa Del Reloj is a beautiful traditional Spanish Restaurant that offers first class service. On the menu you will find dishes like roasted lamb, baked sea bass and seafood soup.

​Address: Los Plaza, 24, 30740 San Pedro del Pinatar​Phone: +34 968 182 406​Website: www.restaurantelacasadelreloj.com
Restaurante Bacchus

Restaurant Bacchus with its International kitchen provides a wide range of tasty dishes with local and global influences. All dishes are well prepared with the very best ingredients and with high quality. The environment can be described as pleasant and friendly. Here you can also enjoy fondue with steak, chips and four different sauces.

​Address: Calle Penelope 114, 30710 Los Alcazares​Phone: +34 663 339 367​Website: www.restbacchus.com​More info: Centro comersial Oasis
Restaurante Asia

If you fancy Asian food, then head over to this restaurant. The attentive staff serves quality Chinese food for a great price. Be aware it can get very busy.

​Address: Avda. La Union, 88-90, 30385 San Javier
La Tagliatella Murcia

La Tagliatella, is a chain of restaurants specialising in high-quality Italian gastronomy. On the menu you will find typical Italian dishes like pizza and pasta. If you are very hungry, do not worry, the portion sizes are generous.

​Address: Pza. Julián Romea, 3, 30001 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 22 39 00​Website: www.latagliatella.es
Atempo Weekend Bistrot

For Mediterranean and tapas food head over to Atempo Weekend Bistrot. This is a cosy place where you will experience a culinary delight and where you can easily please all your senses. The chef only serves high quality food with a creative touch.

​Address: Siria 15, 30600 Archena​Phone: +34 968 672 295​Website: www.atempobistrot.com
El Sordo Restaurante

El Sordo Restaurante is beautifully located in the heart of the Muricia Ricote Valley surrounded by mountains, olive gardens and native plants. This very stylish restaurant serves a wide range of house specials and tapas. With your tasty food try their own produced wine.

​Address: Avenida Alharbona, S/N, 30008 Ricote​Phone: +34 968 697 150​Website: www.elsordo.es
Enso Sushi

Enso Sushi is a Japanese restaurant with high quality food. On the menu you will find a wide variety of dishes like sushi and sashimi. The atmosphere inside is cosy and intimate with curtains dividing the restaurant. The tasty food is beautifully presented and is a feast for your palate.

​Address: Calle Santa Teresa 6​Phone: +34 968 906 611​Website: www.ensosushi.com
Restaurante Amapola

You will find this restaurant inside Playasol hotel Bolnuevo that serves high class seasonal cuisine with fresh produce from land and sea. The traditional cuisine is carefully prepared with a modern touch. Enjoy your food by the hotel pool under a large umbrella.

​Address: C/Velero s/n. Bonuevo, 30877 Puerto de Mazarron​Phone: +34 968 156 503​Website: www.hotelplayasol.es
Antipodas Tavern

Antipodas Tavern is truly a gem and offers an amazing view over the port of Mazarron. Here you can enjoy fresh local produced food such as fish which is supplied directly from the bay every day. You will also find meat dishes like Iberican pork shoulder, duck breast and sirloin steak.

​Address: 23 La Azohia, Cartagena, 30868 Murcia​Phone: +34 986 150 053​Website: www.antipodastavern.com
La Canela

La Canela is located in La Manga with beautiful surroundings with lemon grove and a riding stable. The friendly staff serves delicious food like chicken with basmati rice and prawns in a garlic sauce and steamed rice. This is truly a great authentic Spanish restaurant.

​Address: Finca El Puntal, S/N 30385 Los Belones, Cartagena​Phone: +34 639 684 237​Website: www.canelalamanga.com
Pepe El Torrao San Juan

This restaurant is situated in the Plaza San Juan, a busy square with restaurants and bars. It offers an outside terrace where you can enjoy your tasty Spanish food. The chef speciality is fresh fish and paellas.

​Address: Plaza San Juan 2, 30003 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 21 94 95​Website: www.pepeeltorraosanjuan.com
Los Zagales

For Spanish tapas with high quality ingredients, try Los Zagales, a popular restaurant among locals. This is a traditional Spanish restaurant with wooden tables and wine barrels mounted on the walls.

​Address: Calle Polo de Medina 4, 30004 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 215 579​Website: www.barloszagalesmurcia.com
Finding a café to relax at is not a problem in Murcia. Choose from lovely coffee to delicious desserts.
Pastelería Bonache

Plaza de las Flores square has several good cafés and bars. Pastelería Bonache is one of the oldest in the city, and serves traditional Spanish pastries and strong coffee.

​Address: Plaza de Las Flores 8, 30004 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 212 083​Website: www.pasteleriabonache.com
Jota Ele

Jota Ele is a quaint and typically Spanish café next to Santa Isabel square. There’s also a restaurant area with good food at reasonable prices.

​Address: Plaza Santa Isabel 6, 30004 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 220 730
Salzillo Tea & Coffee

This café specialises in tea and coffee from around the world, with over 180 flavours of the former, and 20 of the latter. The knowlegable staff are happy to help you with your choice.

​Address: Calle Región de Murcia 106​Phone: +34 968 261 212​Website: www.cafes-salzillo.es
Café de Alba

Café de Alba is a cosy café where you can enjoy a nice snack and a glass of wine. They also host different events throughout the year.

​Address: C/ San Antón 2, 30009 Murcia​Phone: +34 629 82 77 23​Website: www.cafedealba.es
Olympic Sport Cafe

If it is sport that you are after then this is the perfect place to go to. Watch football on their big screen TV and relax with something cold to drink.

​Address: Avda Severo Ochoa, 1​Phone: +34 968 859 397​Website: www.olympicsportcafe.com
For its relatively small size, Murcia has a vibrant bar and club scene. One reason is the student population that frequents the neighbourhoods near the university. The old town also has it´s fair share of popular hot spots.
Barra Del Rincón

Barra del Rincón serves what are probably the best cocktails in Murcia. There’s also a tapas menu. It is located in a four star hotel, hence its fairly luxurious interior and clientele.

​Address: Apóstoles 34​Phone: +34 968 212 239
La Puerta Falsa

La Puerta Falsa is the coolest jazz bar in the city. On occasion also a destination for live or DJ administered salsa, bolero, and other styles of music. Live and recorded.

​Address: Calle San Martín de Porres 5​Phone: +34 868 931 180​Website: www.lapuertafalsa.com
Luminata Disco

Luminata Disco is a meeting place where you can dance to the carefully selected music. The place can be described as modern and has a cosmopolitan vibe. It also hosts events.

​Address: Puerta Nueva 29, 30008 Murcia​Phone: +34 968 909 950​Website: www.grupotemporaneo.com
Bar Kennedy

Are you thirsty and craving for a pint of beer? Head over to this traditional Irish pub, located in the centre of Murcia. It offers an extensive menu with cervecas, cocktails, coffees and teas.

​Address: Callejón Burruezo 3, 30005 Murica​Phone: +34 968 901 166​Website: www.grupotemporaneo.com
EnBoga Música & Copas

EnBoga is a trendy cocktail bar, suitable for the most demanding clientele and is situated in the central street Bartolomé Pérez Casas. It has a gorgeous and edgy decor and where the entry has an open-air bar.

​Address: Perez Casas Street​Phone: +34 968 909 950​Website: www.grupotemporaneo.com​More info: next to Avenida Alfonso X the Wise
The narrow alleys of the Old Town, the pedestrian Calle Trapería between the Cathedral and Plaza de Santo Domingo, and luxurious Calle Jabonerias are some of the city’s main shopping destinations. Calle Traperia is also home to Murcia’s casino, for those who want to try and increase their shopping budget. Nearby food market Mercado Veronica is worth a visit as the Murcia region is known for its produce. Bargains can be had at the souvenir and flea market on Jeronimo de Roda behind the El Corte Inglés department store. The older areas of coastal town Cartagena also offer shopping options, as does the luxurious beach town La Manga. The Murcia region has a large number of wineries, many of them ecologically managed. Head for the Ricote Valley to explore some of them.
Murcia-San Javier Airport

Murcia-San Javier is a small airport located near Mar Menor, a large salt water lake, 28 miles from Murcia. A taxi takes about 30 minutes to reach the city. There is also a bus service that leaves for Murcia’s bus terminal three times per day.

​Website: www.renfe.es
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