Murcia, an old authentic town.
Murcia, a relatively large Spanish city with a population of about 450 thousand people, most famous for its religious holidays. The historical center has preserved the baroque appearance of the XVIII century. A city many outsiders may miss when visiting Spain we would still recommend you to get acquainted with its rich history and architecture. Murcia is a university city located in southeastern Spain and is the capital of the region with the same name.
Every Saturday, the municipality of Murcia arranges a free tour of the sights of the Old Town. All tourist routes in Murcia begin with a visit to the Cathedral. Designed in three different styles : Italian Gothic ,Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. The height of the cathedral reaches 93 meters, on the bell tower – 25 bells, at the top is an observation deck with a beautiful view of the city.
Real Casino de Murcia is located near the Cathedral, on Traperia street. In the architecture of the building, the late baroque, neo-Moorish and neoclassical style is combined with elements of modernism. The casino was built by architect Pedro Cerdan. The most impressive of the interiors is the Ballroom- created in the year 1875. The Royal Casino houses a Victorian library with a collection of 20,000 volumes.
After visiting the main monuments, it is worth starting the most enjoyable part of being a tourist is eating. And since Murcia is a region known for its orchards of lemon trees and the big importance in the local culture the lemon play here means that the lemon dessert paparajote is a must try.
Murcia is also a coastal region so focus on experiencing the seafood when you are here. But do not only think the region offers good food, Murcia is also known for one of the most popular wines of Spain. The secrets of winemaking have been kept here since the time of the Roman Empire.Unique climate, dry soil, and proximity to the sea give wines a special richness and spice.
In addition to attractions, cuisine, climate, wines, Murcia is famous for its holidays. On the first Tuesday after Easter in the «garden of Europe» there is a feast of fertility: the city turns into a medieval village, people walk in the streets in old clothes, and at the fair they organize shops in the form of houses from the distant past.
After the Catholic Easter, a series of other events that are traditional for the city – the Flower Battle, the Fiesta of village musicians and the most unusual – The Funeral of the Sardine. Students invented by the Great Lent students back in the 19th century. Since then every year the next week after Semana Santa a colorful procession takes place in the city, to which spectators flock from all over the country.