by Janis / 2 comments - Orginally published:5th March 2024

A melting pot of influences

We’re now heading to the southeast of Spain to the region of Murcia, and we’re continuing our exciting road trip after arriving on a Brittany Ferry to Bilbao 4 days ago.

So far, our chosen route has taken us through the back roads of Spain, and we’ve explored Pamplona, Zaragoza, and Teruel.

I’ve wanted to visit Murcia for some time now, I had heard so many charming comments about the city and that it was perfect for a weekend city break. I couldn’t wait to explore Murcia’s historic streets and stunning architecture.

We have a couple of nights in the beautiful city of Murcia. We then we hit the road again and visit Mojácar, Granada and then heading back north, we’re exploring Toledo, Valladolid, Astorga and Burgos.

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Where to stay in Murcia

Sercotel Amistad Murcia

The hotel Sercotel Amistad Murcia is very centrally located, just a 5 minutes’ walk to the historic Old Town and many of the significant sights of Murcia.

The rooms are very comfortable and clean. We chose to stroll out each morning for breakfast as we enjoy eating in local cafés. Sercotel Amistad Murcia has an underground car park; a daily charge is applied.

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Brief history of Murcia

Strolling in the footsteps of time

The historic city of Murcia is situated in the southeast of Spain within the Iberian Peninsula and is the capital of the Murcia region.

Murcia is perfectly nestled along the banks of the River Segura and was founded by the Emir of Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman II in 831, who commissioned a walled city. Sections of the ancient wall can still be seen dotted around Murcia.

A close-up image of a weathered brick wall with a building in the background. The wall is part of the city walls of Murcia, Spain, known as the Muralla de Verónicas
Veronica’s Wall

Fast forward a few hundred years to the late 12th century, and Murcia was occupied by the North African Almohades, the last Muslim empire to rule Southern Spain. During this time, the Moorish region of Mursiya gained considerable significance; many Moorish architectural buildings still remain in Murcia and remind you of its rich Moorish past. I do love the Moorish influences.

However, Murcia didn’t remain under Muslim rule too long as the Christian King Ferdinand III of Castile gained Murcia within the 13th century, and the Christian population began to increase.

The bronze depiction of murcia cathedral in front of the entrance
Bronze of Murcia Cathedral

In 1829, Mother Nature inflicted a severe blow on Murcia when it suffered a disastrous earthquake. Then, around a century later, it was hit with significant flooding in 1946 and again in 1948.

Murcia resolutely thrives today and is a stunning city to explore on foot, and with its rich and varied culture, it has become popular with tourists near and far.

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Exploring the historic streets of Murcia

The three legendary calles
There’s no better way to explore a town or city than to hit the streets and start walking, and Murcia is no exception. Our hotel was only about a 5–10-minute walk from the heart of the Old Town, so within no time, we were relishing the hustle and bustle of city life.
Sun screens over the calle trapería in murcia, with historic building in the distance
Calle Trapería
Sun screens over the whole length of calle trapería in murcia, spain
North along Calle Trapería

We wandered into the historic centre of Murcia and strolled down the three legendary streets of Calle Platería (silversmiths), Calle Trapería (cloth merchants), and Calle Vidrieros (glass workers). These streets are named after the guilds which used to trade along these lanes.

Ambling along Calle Trapería with its street-covered sails, offering shade from the shimmering sun, reminded me of the scorching lanes of Seville; I think these canopies are such a creative idea.

The neo-classical panish styled escuela publica cierva penafiel inmurcia, spain on a brigh sunny day under clear blue skies.
 Escuela Publica Cierva Penafiel
There are some stunning examples of Spanish architecture through these streets; ensure you keep looking up to admire the ornate wrought-iron balconies. They are like stepping stones climbing higher and higher into the sky.
The Casa Cerda, a tall art nouveau styled, building with many windows and a round tower on top, located in Murcia, Spain.
Casa Cerdá
At the north end of Calle Trapería, standing brazen in Plaza de Santo Domingo, is the striking Casa Cerdá. Casa Cerdá was designed by the architect José Antonio Rodríguez Martínez and built between 1934 and 1936; its façade is stunning. The residential building covers seven floors, is topped off with an eye-catching circular pavilion, and is listed as a Cultural Heritage Site.

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A few of Murcia’s charming plazas

Explore Murcia at your leisure
When you’re strolling around the historic streets of Murcia you feel like there’s a delightful plaza waiting for you around every corner. Some of the plazas are tiny and some are grand; however, they all offer so much charm and appeal.
a fountain with a bronze statue of a seated lady in the centre of the Plaza de las Flores, surrounded by buildings on all sides, in murcia, spain
Plaza de las Flores

One of my favourite squares was Plaza de las Flores, and as the name would imply, this beautiful plaza has vibrant and fragrant flower stalls. All around Plaza de Las Flores are eye-catching buildings with balconies overflowing with flame-red begonias. Share a pew with “La niña de la Flores”, the bronze sculpture on the edge of the central fountain, and just sit and watch the world pass by.

Adjacent to Plaza de las Flores is Plaza Santa Catalina, another welcoming and charming pedestrian square.

A photo of a cream-coloured building with a grey tiled dome and a statue of a woman on top, located in a plaza with flowers and palm trees in murcia, spain
Union and Fénix building
Within Santa Catalina Square is the impressive Union and Fénix building. Sitting high above on the rooftop of the building is the imposing emblem of the company, a person with their arms outstretched on a phoenix
The church of santo domingo as seen from the plaza de santo domingo in murcia, spain
Plaza de Santo Domingo

Another plaza to relax within is the bustling Plaza de Santo Domingo, which I mentioned above, home to Casa Cerdá. Plaza de Santo Domingo is a pretty grand square with cafés and restaurants dotted around for you to enjoy.

However, we just loved sitting on the wooden benches under the shade of the palm trees, soaking up the atmosphere of Murcia with the majestic towers of Santo Domingo Church looking down upon us.

The pink and grey art nouveau style, teatro de romea, a theatre building in Murcia, Spain, under a deep blue sky
Romea Theatre

A short hop along Calle Arco de Santo Domingo and passing beneath the historic arch of St. Domingo, you’ll arrive in Plaza de Julián Romea. This delightful square is full of life and theatregoers as sitting pride of place is the dusty pink Romea Theatre.

The neoclassical Teatro de Romea opened in 1862 and has undergone a series of restorations due to devasting fires in 1877 and 1899 and continual reconstruction. The magnificent theatre has stood the test of time and frequently holds captivating performances for all ages.

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A stroll by the Segura River

Enjoying the dappled shade
Ahh, water. For me, a visit to Murcia wouldn’t be complete without an amble beside the Segura River and the charming gardens. Along this promenade are some striking pieces of architecture and beautiful flower displays.
A view of the Puente de los Peligros, a bridge with multiple arches, spanning the Segura River in Murcia, Spain. In the distance, there is a statue of a whale breaching the water.
Puente de los Peligros
The Puente de los Peligros, or Bridge of Dangers, spans the Segura River, an arched stone bridge built in 1742 and Murcia’s oldest bridge. Deep within the river by Puente Viejo is a huge bronze and silica monument, ‘Monumento al Entierro de la Sardina,’ a tribute to the festival ‘Burial of the Sardine’.
A tree in the centre of a flowerbed on the opposite side of the road from the food hall, known as the mercado de abastos de verónicas in murcia, spain
Mercado de Abastos de Verónicas

Also nearby the river is the Mercado de Abastos de Verónicas. Gary and I love visiting the local mercados. You get a true understanding of the abundance of fresh food stalls and the types of cuisine the locals enjoy eating. Fish, shellfish and plenty of vegetables and meats were the order of the day.

The Mercado always has a lively and bustling atmosphere and is always an eye-opener into the daily life in a town or a city.

a beautiful fountain with cascading water in front of murcia's town hall, surrounded by colourful flowers and palm trees.
Glorieta Gardens
Strolling east along the Segura River are the beautiful and historic Glorieta Gardens. This picturesque city park was landscaped during the 18th -century and is incredibly well maintained. The vibrant garden is laid symmetrically with colourful flowers, bushy palm trees and a rectangular fountain running through.
The Ayuntamiento de Murcia, a large pink government building, located in Murcia, Spain. The building is surrounded by palm trees and has a fountain in front of it.
Ayuntamiento de Murcia (The Town Hall)

Standing proud of its place in the Plaza de la Glorieta with the striking gardens at its feet is the eye-catching Ayuntamiento de Murcia (Town Hall). This building is stunning.

The Town Hall of Murcia was built in the neoclassical style during the 19th-century by the architect Juan José Belmonte. The salmon-coloured façade and the imposing central columns undoubtedly make a statement.

The exterior of the episcopal palace of murcia in ochre and sand colours, under a blue sky with scattered clouds
Episcopal Palace of Murcia
Strolling along Calle Arenal next to the Town Hall, you’ll arrive at Plaza del Cardenal Belluga. This is a splendid town square with Murcia Cathedral at the far end and the striking Episcopal Palace of Murcia.
The plaza del cardenal belluga, with restaurants and cafes at the base of tall classical spanish buildings and the bell tower of murcia's cathedral to the right.
Plaza del Cardenal Belluga
The Plaza del Cardenal Belluga was a welcoming sight for us, so we stopped and escaped the midday heat. We sat in the shade to enjoy the scenes around us and a chilled beer.

Visiting Murcia Cathedral

A perfect blend of styles
The construction of the magnificent Cathedral Church of Saint Mary in Murcia begun in 1394 and was completed in 1465, it was built on the site of a former mosque. Renovations and enhancements continued on the cathedral until the 18th century.
The exterior of murcia cathedral with a tall bell tower in the center. The cathedral has many windows and a large arched doorway. There are trees and other buildings in the background.
Murcia Cathedral

The interior of the cathedral reflects the beautiful Gothic influences and the striking façade was created in the Baroque style from the designs of the Valencian architect Jaime Bort. The intricate detailing is incredible; the cathedral is a true gem of Murcia.

Unfortunately for us, scaffolding was masking the main ornate entrance.

The bell tower of murcia cathedral as seen from the plaza hernández amores in murcia, spain
Murcia Cathedral bell tower
The puerta de las cadenas entrance to murcia cathedral in murcia, spain.
Puerta de las Cadenas – Murcia Cathedral
The far-reaching bell tower of Murcia Cathedral stood at 95 meters and took more than two hundred years to build. The eye-catching tower is the second highest in Spain after the Giralda of Seville. Within the tower are twenty-five bells dating from the 17th & 18th centuries and were used for celebrations and to warn the locals of impending floods.
A photo of the vélez chapel, a historic building with a tall bell tower, located next to the murcia cathedral in murcia, spain. The sky is blue with some clouds.
Chapel of los Vélez
Inside the cathedral are many examples of exquisite Gothic architecture, especially in the Chapel of Los Vélez. The intricate craftwork is gorgeous, from the base of the chapel floor to the ten-pointed vaulted domed roof high above.
The inside of the vaulted vélez chapel in murcia cathedral in murcia, spain.
Interior of Chapel of Los Vélez
The vaulted walkway in murcia cathedral in murcia, spain.
Nave in Murcia Cathedral
Within Murcia Cathedral are three vast naves surrounded by twenty-three individual chapels which house the burials of bishops and aristocrats. Not only will you find beautiful Gothic architecture within the cathedral, but there are also incredible examples of Spanish Renaissance and Baroque designs.

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Exploring Real Casino de Murcia

A jewel in the crown
The Real Casino de Murcia is a must-see in Murcia; this historic building is located in the heart of the Old Town, along Calle Trapería. The façade of the Royal Casino of Murcia is incredibly stunning on its own; however, when you step inside the main entrance, you’ll be astounded.
A photo of the entrance to the real casino de murcia with a statue of a woman with a crown and a lion statue above the doorway. The building has a sandstone facade with columns and balconies.
Real Casino de Murcia
The arabic, mudejar, inspired archway leading to the entrance hall of the Casino de Murcia.
Arabian courtyard
The Casino de Murcia is a social club which was founded in 1847, and although it is a private club the ground floor is open to the public, and now one of the most visited buildings in the region of Murcia. The interior has an exquisite mix of styles including Baroque and Moorish.
The ornately decorated central corridor of real casino de murcia, spain
Hallway in Casino de Murcia
During the late 20th century, the building began to face decline. Between 2006 and 2009, the Casino de Murcia was entirely renovated to its original décor, of which the lavish designs you can admire today. When the restoration was complete, King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain granted the Casino the title of Real (Royal).
Looking up at a richly coloured stained glass dome ceiling in a mudejar design of the casino de murcia with an art deco chandelier in the centre. The dome is decorated with geometric shapes in green, blue, and yellow.
Neo-Nasrid style patio
We visited towards the end of the day and almost had the place to ourselves; it was incredible. Throughout the building, each room was furnished and decorated luxuriously; no expense was spared, particularly in the Arabian courtyard where 20,000 sheets of gold leaf were used.
People studying in the art deco-styled library in the Casino de Murcia. There is an ornate gallery level in dark wood.
Library in Casino de Murcia
Within the Real Casino de Murcia, you can explore the peaceful library with ornate wooden bookcases encircling the upper level. Nearby is the neo-Baroque ballroom with glistening chandeliers, a congress meeting room, a ladies’ room, a billiard room and even a Pompeian patio with Italian-style sculptures and 14 white columns symmetrically positioned all around.
A photo of a grand ballroom in the Casino de Murcia with a red carpet on parquet flooring, flanked by rows of ornately decorated chairs. The ceiling is high and adorned with several large chandeliers.
Ballroom in the Casino de Murcia
Visiting the Real Casino de Murcia was one of the highlights of our trip to Murcia, and it was only a €5 entrance fee.

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  1. I Like Murcia City very much visited the City with my mother and father some years ago. Murcia has a lovely Cathedral the city is worth visiting We were on holiday in La Manga not far from Murcia.

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      Yes, we really enjoyed visiting Murcia too, it’s a beautiful city, there were so many charming squares and lanes to discover. The cathedral was lovely along with the Real Casino de Murcia. I would certainly return someday.

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