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Guide to Murcia

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Guide to Murcia – Introduction

Murcia is another excellent example of a widely overlooked city who’s popular image is at odds with what the visitor encounters. It is a relaxed place, with a fantastic climate, situated near one of the quieter stretches of coast in southern Spain (if quiet is the right word). Murcia has a smart, surprisingly grand centre and a lively student population making it a jovial and gregarious place to visit. Perhaps such misconceptions are due to it’s drive to attract Northern European residential tourism and it’s proximity to the less pleasant parts of Spain’s coast, but whatever has created the myth that Murcia has nothing to offer – it is frankly wrong.

The name Murcia is thought to have come from the Latin word Murtea, meaning land of the Myrtle plant (prevalent in the area) yet that is oft disputed. What is for sure, however is that in the early 9th century AD, Cordoba’s ruler, one Abd ar Rahman II founded the modern settlement of Mursiyah, using advanced irrigation techniques to take advantage of Murcia’s location and fertile soils. Such a tradition has continued to this day, with the area around Murcia well known as the Huerta de Europa, or the ‘Orchard of Europe’ due to it’s huge production of fruits and vegetables.

Murcia’s decline began in the late Middle Ages with the rapid loss of trade in the Mediterranean to the Oceans, and Murcia never managed to regain the prestige it once held. Yet, nowadays with the Orchard of Europe continuing to bear fruit, Murcia, with it’s lovely climate and pleasant atmosphere deserves more credit.

What to see and do in Murcia

  1. Head to Murcia´s stunning mid 14th century Catedral and observe it’s ostentatious facade with a busy mix of adornments and decoration.
  2. Explore the intersecting streets of Calle Trapería and Calle Platería, the best example of Murcia’s historic core. Trapería, derived from the word trapo (cloth, rag) and Plateria, from the word plata (silver) refer to the products that were historically sold on those streets by the Jewish communities.
  3. If you have the opportunity to be in Murcia for Semana Santa (Easter) then you’re in for a treat as Murcia plays host to one of the most famous processions and set of Easter celebrations in Spain.
  4. Take your pick from one of Murcia’s excellent Museums, the Museo de la Ciudad (Museum of the City), Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) and Museo Arquelogico (Archaelogicial Museum) amongst the most noteable and impressive.
  5. Have a night out in Murcia. With a large University and temperate climate, slowly hopping from bar to bar trying a couple of tapas and a few drinks is a wonderful pleasure. Head to Calle de la Trapería or the central squares and people watch with a local wine.

Where to stay in Murcia

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