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Murcia City

Situated inland on the south Costa Blanca with the River Segura running through its centre, Murcia City has a rich cultural past evident in its superb historical buildings and numerous museums and art galleries. It is a thriving city with an important agricultural industry due to its position on a fertile plain known locally as the Orchard of Murcia. With its nearby airport the city is often overlooked by visitors to the area who are heading off to the coastal resorts and towns of Costa Blanca, and this is a shame because Murcia City has a lot to offer visitors.

Places Of Interest

Exploring Murcia is a delight with much to see throughout its narrow streets and plazas. In the heart of the city is the impressive Cathedral of Saint Mary that was constructed between 1394 and 1467 and due to continued additions over the years has varied artistic styles with a Baroque facade and Gothic interior. Its large bell tower houses 25 individually named bells including Agueda-Martillo, its large main bell.

With over a dozen museums, visitors interested in the history and culture of the area are spoilt for choice and can see some fine examples of religious images in the Salzillo Museum which displays works by the famous wood carver, Francisco Salzillo. There is also a Fine Arts Museum, City Museum, Archaeological Museum and the fascinating Bullfighting Museum of Murcia. Visitors with children can view fish, corals and reefs from a number of the world's seas and oceans at the Aquarium of The University of Murcia and there is a children's planetarium housed within the Science and Water Museum.

Attractions & Activities

Throughout Murcia City there is an excellent selection of shops, boutiques, street side cafes, bars and restaurants, and the pastry shops offer a wonderful array of sweet treats. On the outskirts of the city is a large shopping complex housing two malls with popular retail outlets such as Primark, Ikea and Media Markt as well as a selection of eateries and 10 pin bowling.

The River Segura meanders through the city centre and has pleasant walking trails on each of its banks, and Murcia's parks and plazas provide welcome respite from the afternoon heat. There are a further four walking routes through various parts of the city and surrounding countryside, information on which can be found at the Tourist Information Bureau.

A family visit to Murcia City would not be complete without exploring the exciting attractions of Terra Natura and Aqua Natura water parks. Set in a lush garden wilderness depicting both the Iberian Peninsula and African Savannah, Terra Natura boasts over 300 animals and a variety of 50 plant and tree species from both regions. Aqua Natura's tropical gardens offer a refreshing day of fun in the water with various pools, play areas, a lazy river and great selection of adrenaline inducing water slides for both adults and kids.

Elche

Slightly inland on the Costa Blanca lies the city of Elche, famed for its palm groves and large shoe industry.
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