Why go to Murcia?
Founded in the 9th century by a Muslim ruler, Murcia is one of Spain's most beautiful cities, but is comparatively rarely visited by tourists. The city is famous for its Islamic architecture, beautiful surrounding area and wide variety of tapas restaurants. It's also known for its hot weather, making it a perfect destination for sun-lovers.
Things to see in Murcia
Things to see in Murcia include the famous cathedral. Started in the late 14th century, the cathedral took centuries to finish. As a result, it has an elaborate baroque facade with a medieval Gothic interior. The 15th-century Door of the Apostles is particularly striking. Nearby, the 19th-century casino preserves the relaxed and refined ambience of this historic Spanish city.
Art museums in Murcia are usually free or inexpensive; one of the most popular is dedicated to local scultor Salzillo, whose works can still be seen in the city's many religious festivals. For many visitors, however, the main attraction in Murcia is strolling along the shady streets and sitting in the sun-baked plazas.
Outside the city, no visitor should go without climbing the nearby Monteagudo mountain to see the old Moorish castle, now Christianised by a massive statue of Christ. The city is also known for its nearby beaches: the strip of beaches known as La Manga is popular with tourists, but other areas are much quieter and less crowded.
How far is the airport from city centre?
The closest airport to Murcia is San Javier airport, 27 miles (43.5 km) from city centre.
Which airlines fly to Murcia from UK?
Low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair fly into San Javier from Bristol, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Manchester. Jet2.com flies into San Javier from Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, with seasonal departures from other airports such as Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
How to get to city centre from the airport?
There isn't a direct public transport service from San Javier to Murcia itself. However, a bus service connects the airport to the nearby town of Santiago de la Ribera. From here, travellers can get onto one of the main bus lines which travel into the city itself. Taxis also run from the airport into Santiago de la Ribera. The total bus journey takes an hour and a half to two hours.
What are the visa requirements for EU and non-EU nationals?
British citizens don't need a visa to travel to Spain. A valid passport is all that is required for a visit of up to 90 days. Similarly, Americans, Canadians and citizens of some other countries don't need a visa. Citizens of countries outside the EU or the Schengen Agreement should consult their local Spanish consulate.
How to get around Murcia?
The city of Murcia, particularly the historic city centre, is relatively compact, making it easy to walk around. For trips outside the city, a car can be useful, although there are good public transport options as well. Walkers should avoid long walks during the hottest part of the day.
What’s the best time to visit Murcia?
Murcia is located in one of the hottest parts of Europe, with summer highs of around 33°C . Spring and autumn are still dry and warm.