Murcia - Vibrant capital steeped in history and gastronomy.
The city, located on the Costa Calida, is the 7th largest in Spain.
The historic center along the Río Segura exudes medieval charm, while modern neighborhoods on the other bank form a harmonious mix.
With 30,000 students, Murcia is also a vibrant student city with a car-free centre, picturesque promenades, and elegant shops, including the modern 'Thader' shopping center just outside the centre.
The city flourishes with squares and cozy restaurants, where tapas have a refined and creative twist.
Murcia's rich history, from its Moorish foundation in 825 to its 18th-century expansion with Baroque churches, is reflected in the architecture and stories. The irrigation techniques of the Moors have made the surrounding land fertile, surpassing even that of Granada and Valencia.
A walk through the city takes you past the old town, with the majestic cathedral as a highlight, and the lively Trapería and Platería streets, where city life takes place. Cross Gran Vía Escultor Salzillo to the new town, with churches such as San Nicolás and San Miguel, where the works of artist Salzillo shine.
Also discover the surrounding area, including the impressive Castillo Monteagudo, 5 km northeast of Murcia.
The castle, built by the Moors in the 11th century, stands on a rock with a striking 14-meter-high statue of Christ.
A landmark of the city, it once served as a prison and fortress.
For useful information, visit the tourist office at Plaza Cardenal Bellugas or www.murciaciudad.es.