If you fancy a pleasant drive into the countryside during your stay in La Manga, and maybe a bit of excitement for the children then head inland to the city of Murcia. With its picturesque setting on the banks of the Segura River, old bridges, famous cathedral and lovely riverside promenades lined with bars and cafes, Murcia is a delight to explore where historic buildings surround beautiful plazas and tapas bars and small restaurants spill out onto narrow streets and lanes. Murcia is not just about history and culture, so be sure to pack your swimwear and towels for some fun and excitement at the thrilling Terra Natura Theme Park.
Murcia City Historical Attractions
The city's main attraction is the splendid Cathedral de Santa Maria which dates back to the 14th century. Its architectural style is mainly Gothic although parts of it, especially the tower are a blend of styles. The cathedral is located in a lovely plaza surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants so even if history and architecture are not your thing, it's still a great place to visit where you can grab a bite to eat or just rest for a while in the plaza. Further historical places of interest include the Impressive Real Casino de Murcia built in 1847, Plaza Cardenal Belluga, Town Hall, Almudi Palace & Art Centre, Salzillo Museum and the Ramon Gaya Art Gallery.
Parks & Theme Parks
Close to the cathedral is the Jardin de Floridablanca which is a pretty city park boasting fountains and monuments alongside the walkways, shaded by huge ficus trees where visitors can take a break from the midday sun. A walk along the riverside promenades reveal further green areas, the Museum of Science and Water, and the Garden of Cypresses where there are rest areas, play areas for the children and the Bao Cafe Bar. A huge hit with young visitors to Murcia is the exciting Terra Natura Theme Park located on the outskirts of the city which combines a water park with swimming pools and rides for all age groups, an animal park, pony club and the opportunity to go on a thrilling two hour night safari with one of the park guides.
Wining & Dining
There are many superb places throughout Murcia City to try the local cuisine of the region, where you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood from both the Mediterranean and Mar Menor seas and vegetables and meats from the farms in the surrounding countryside. The promenades on both sides of the Segura River boast a selection of tapas bars, cafes and restaurants, and further into the city centre the choice of eateries is vast. For the best burgers in the city that come with inventive sides such as bacon & cheese fries, try El Favorito located on Av. Santiago, and for beautifully presented and tasty tapas, La Tapeoteca in the Plaza San Pedro is a must.