Expect pretty plazas, a picturesque national park, and old cathedrals on a city break to Murcia.

City breaks to Murcia

The city of Murcia may be smaller than Spanish heavyweights like Barcelona and Madrid, but it still packs a punch. The city is punctuated with lots of different plazas, meaning everything is spread out and nowhere feels overly crowded. Admire the architecture at Plaza del Cardenal Belluga, or head to Plaza de las Flores to sample local food. You can also do some sightseeing at Murcia Cathedral, which dates back to the 1300s. And one of the main tourist attractions is the Real Casino de Murcia, perched in the middle of the city. You can treat yourself to a candlelit dinner at this grand building, attend a concert or watch a film screening.

Not your average nature park

If you’re in need of a change of scenery, El Valle Regional Park might just be the place for you. It’s about a 20-minute car journey outside of the city but feels a world away from your typical Spanish holiday vibe. Once you arrive and start exploring, you’ll spot nods to the park’s history in sculptures, signs and even the occasional church. There are thought to be more than 600 species of plants here and as for animals, well, you can expect to see the likes of wildcats, Iberian lizards and badgers living among the pine and olive trees.

At a Glance

  • Visit historic Murcia Cathedral
  • Spend an evening at Real Casino de Murcia
  • Discover wildlife hidden in El Valle Regional Park