||The regional capital and University City on the river
Segura is around 20 minutes away by car. This vibrant city was founded by
the Moors in 825AD and boasts a beautiful Cathedral and University, as well
as Botanic Gardens, Museums and other historic buildings around its narrow,
streets full of character.
The municipal Casino on Calle Traperia might
look like a gentlemanís club from the outside, but itís open to the general
public - just ask the commissionaire for a look around and he will gladly
Shops include El Corte Ingles, (the Spanish equivalent of Selfridges or
Fenwickís etc) and numerous designer label shops on the Calles Traperia and
Plateria, dozens of great restaurants and a lively nightlife, especially
during fiestas and carnivals.
In recent EEC research, the region of Murcia was singled out as the most
economically dynamic in Spain and this is being reflected in the rapid
development of Murcia as a tourist and cultural destination.
For lovers of nature, the Sierra Espuna National Park is 25-30 minutes drive
away. Also nearby on a hillside about 5 miles from Murcia is the ancient
Santuario de la Fuensanta, the home of Murciaís patron saint.