Plaza Cardenal Belluga
Leave the crowds of balloon sellers, buskers and tourists behind in the beautiful Cathedral square and slip around the corner to one of the city’s oldest bars. Since 1926, Los Zagales, have produced excellent local tapas, including Zarangollo and Morcilla.
Visit La Muralla cocktail bar, underground right in the centre of the city, you can drink a large gin and tonic lounging against the fully restored Arabian city walls. A quiet and cool place to relax on a Saturday afternoon, or turn up on a Thursday evening and enjoy the free Jazz.
And if walls are your “thing”, then be sure to visit the Wall Of Santa Eulalia, one of Murcia’s newest museums. Free daily, guided visits show you the development of the city’s urban defences from the 9th century.
Stroll along the river Segura, crossing from bank to bank using the many architecturally significant bridges (including Vistabella designed by Calatrava). You’ll find yourself strolling through the Botanical Gardens, mingling with coiffured Murcianas and gawping at the 10 tonne, 25 metre long giant sardine emerging from the murky waters.
Santuario de Fuensanta
It’s just a short taxi ride or trip by bus to Fuensanta, (south-east of the city) from the city centre of Murcia. The sanctuary at the top of the hill gives views over the surrounding Huerta (market gardens) and the sanctuary church itself is an oasis of tranquility. There’s a bar at the top, serving cool beers and warm tapas.
Shopping on Calle Jaboneria
Possibly the best shopping street in Murcia. Located in the heart of the city this is where the designer names have their lairs. Window shop on the lead up to Christmas and you’ll find the street red carpeted so you don’t scuff your Manolos!
So what are your favourite things to do in Murcia city? Have you discovered a secret bar, a hidden gem, a brilliant restaurant, a designer clothes shop, a beautiful plaza, let us know in the comments below or on facebook…