Located to the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Vega of the Segura River and less than 50 kilometres from the sea, is Murcia, a sunny and remarkable region that still hides many secrets to be uncovered. Its extensive cultural heritage combines with wild beaches, a great university atmosphere and some of the best fresh produce in the world. That’s why Murcia is called the market garden of Europe. At B&B Hotels we have lots of suggestions for things to do in the area and invite you to stay in one of our hotels with the best services.
There is a lot to see and discover throughout the streets of the city of Murcia. One of the must-do walks is the one that goes through its majestic old town, where you will find the Holy Church Cathedral of Santa Maria, more commonly known as the Cathedral of Murcia . Built between the 14th and 15th centuries, the cathedral was declared a National Monument in 1931. Near the cathedral are the streets of Trapería y Platería, one of the most lively areas of the city and where you can stroll, eat or enjoy a coffee.
The capital of Murcia is a city with a great university tradition, with all the features that entails in terms of living, entertainment, music venues and nightlife. Although if you are looking for a different trip and a quieter activity like hiking, Murcia is also a perfect city for that. One of the best known routes is through the Sierra Espuña, where you will find numerous well-marked routes and unique views of the walls of Leyva and the Barranco de Gebas.
Visiting Murcia is synonymous with good weather. The area has one of the driest and most temperate climates in Europe, with few rainy days a year and an average annual temperature of almost 20 degrees. This combination makes the region the perfect space for growing fruit and vegetables. Hence, Murcia earned its European market garden name. Therefore, on your visit to Murcia you can’t miss the opportunity to try one of its richest, healthiest and well-known dishes: Pisto Murciano. The Pisto combines the best products from the Murcian vegetable garden such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers or onions. Other typical Murcian dishes are the Caldero del Mar Menor, a fish-based rice dish and local produce or the famous Paparajotes Murcianos, a dessert made from lemon leaves.
About 50 km from the city of Murcia is Cartagena, a municipality with an infinite history where you must visit the Roman Theatre of Cartagena, a site from the Roman era built between the years 5 and 1 B. C. in the ancient city of Carthago Nova.
If you travel about an equal distance from the capital of Murcia, you will find the Mar Menor, a unique saltwater pool with animal and plant life. Although the area is seriously threatened by different environmental problems, it is an amazing excursion that we at B&B Hotels strongly recommend to you.
The Puerto de Mazarrón, with tens of kilometres of sea and coast, is another wonderful trip. The tranquility of the waves, the sound of the seagulls and the small coves will make you lose yourself in a unique environment with an enviable climate.
Murcia is a year-round destination, but two special periods are Holy Week and the Murcia Spring Festival. As is the case in several Spanish provinces, Easter is a unique and special period for Murcianos. Once this is over, the Spring Festival begins, where the squares and gardens in the area display their traditional gastronomy, along with a great musical atmosphere and events of all kinds.
Bearing in mind everything we’ve recommended and all the places to discover, you can't afford to miss the chance to visit the region. You can stay at one of our best-priced hotels in Murcia, with the best services, free Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast and all the facilities for your check-in and check-out.