Flight and hotel Murcia
Get to know Murcia
With its cobbled streets, large public squares, and Old World architecture, Murcia feels like it's right out of a movie. Be sure to keep your camera ready, as every street will entice you to take a photo. One of Spain's largest university towns and the seventh largest overall, this southeastern city is a youth hub. It attracts visitors of all ages with its warm weather and irresistible gems, not least of which are the Segura River and the city's stunning cathedral. Picture yourself sitting outside enjoying tapas, small portions of food served alongside drinks, as you take in the Baroque buildings around you.
What to know before visiting Murcia
Flights to Murcia arrive at Murcia San-Javier airport (MJV), approximately 50km from the city. Flights from London and Manchester are widely available. Thanks to Murcia's budding travel industry and popularity as a student exchange location, English is relatively easy to come by in restaurants and transport stations. Just keep in mind that the Spanish siesta, the afternoon period when shops close, is still observed in Murcia, though some larger shops may remain open. Brits likely won't need a visa to enter, but will need to convert their money to euros. You won't have to worry about jet lag during your weekend in Murcia, as there's only an hour difference between the UK and Spain.
When is the best time to visit Murcia?
In terms of the weather, there really isn't ever a bad time for a weekend break in Murcia. Even in winter, temperatures tend to hover between 10°C and 15°C, and there's little precipitation. The summer sizzles with average highs around 30°C. If you love dancing or just want to experience the essence of Spain, August is the perfect time for package holidays in Murcia. The Cante de las Minas de La Unión Festival celebrates flamenco dancing, with performances by some of the world's best dancers. Even if you aren't religious, Holy Week, in March or April, is a must-see in Murcia: the processions are some of the most celebratory and commemorative in Spain.
What to do in Murcia
Spaniards love to party until the early hours of the morning, and Murcians are no exception. Spend your city breaks in Murcia sipping some drinks at a bar as you munch on tapas featuring local flavours. La Barra del Rincón, set in an elegant hotel, serves refreshing drinks. Shopping lovers will enjoy the abundance of shopping centres, specifically Centro Comercial Nueva Condomina and Centro Comercial Thader. Package holidays in Murcia often feature water sports due to the city's proximity to Mar Menor and the Mediterranean.
Places to visit in Murcia
The Catedral de Santa Maria is one of Murcia's most prominent jewels. Its intricate and ornate details will leave you in awe. For more breathtaking views, the Baroque masterpiece's bell tower is worth a visit, and the 22 chapels in the cathedral's main area are stunning. The cathedral is in Plaza Cardenal Belluga, one of the city's main squares, so you'll be a hop away from some great restaurants. For a dose of elegance, the Real Casino de Murcia, a social club that's also a popular visitor destination, boasts many striking architectural flourishes. Cap off the night by strolling around the Episcopal Palace of Murcia's courtyard.
What is there to eat in Murcia?
While your Murcia flight and hotel might offer a taste of Spain, the best flavours are always found at the local restaurants. Murcia is known for its abundance of vegetables (the region supplies much of Spain's fresh produce), so it's not uncommon to find dishes accompanied by healthy sides.
- Similar to iconic paella, caldero del mar menor is a delicious rice dish served in different variations.
- Breakfast at dinner? Commonly served as tapas or a side dish, zarangollo is an egg medley featuring finely chopped vegetables.
- Of course, you've got to dive into a delicious plate of hot churros, the legendary fried pastry, often served with chocolate sauce.
What to buy during city breaks in Murcia
Whereas flights to and hotels in Murcia probably offer some cute takeaways, you won't receive a paella kit. Often including a pan, spoon, spices, and rice, kits can be found throughout Murcia. While it may seem unusual to go home with a bag of rice, Murcia's is internationally recognized. For something heartier, opt for cured ham, a delicious treat that travels well.