Murcia, capital city of the region, is a very enjoyable town full of lively squares, completely built over flatground, and home for both islamic and baroque heritages, such as you will discover through this 4 routes.
The main highlight in Murcia is, undoubtedly, its gorgeous-looking cathedral, a temple that took 400 years in the making and whose magnificent baroque façade surprises the visitor, but the city is much more than just that wonderful display of art and religion, as its beautiful laid-out ground plan immediately calls for a stroll through its narrow streets. Next step in the tour, the luxurious late 19th century eclectic Casino, actually an exclusive membership for the local elite. From here the itinerary will be resumed to cover all the other main squares in the old quarter, for you to see with you own eyes how locals actually enjoy life here: out in the street, chatting and sharing a drink, thus taking advantage of the everlasting spring prevailing in this corner of Spain. Tour will be ended by the 18th century stone bridge that crosses the river, from which really nice views can be enjoyed.
First built in 825 A.D. by Muslim armies that had previously invaded Spain one century earlier, Murcia City has plenty of moorish remains that have to be discovered with keen eyes. Our tour will get started by the river before heading for the remains of the 12th century wall that surrounded the city. From there we will begin to follow its remaining traces; doing so will first lead us to the City Museum and then to a second facility which houses the remains of a 13th century summer palace including an original pond, amazingly well preserved. In our way in-between both, we will find more remains belonging to the outlying moorish urban area, recently discovered while building a parking lot. Tour will be ended by spotting the remains of the muslim mosque over which the now standing Cathedral was started to build in the 14th century, just after the Moor’s defeat.
MURCIA FROM TOP
& In-depth Cathedral Visit
Built over the foundations of its predecessor Moorish mosque, no wonder that the gorgeous-looking cathedral is the authentic jewel in Murcia’s heritage. 400 years in the making, several different artistic styles ranging from gothic to neoclassicism and a façade that is widely considered as one of the most important highlights in the European baroque… This tour takes you into an in-depth visit of the whole monument, including the best of its 23 chapels and also its 93 meters tall tower, the third tallest one in Spain, from whose top you will enjoy a completely different but most unique perspective of the city. Tour will be ended by paying a final visit to the Cathedral’s Museum, exhibiting valuable pieces from different artistic styles.
LEGENDARY AND THEATRICAL
Murcia is a city full of legends and mysterious happenings, most of which will be told in this tour. Several of them are related to the Medieval Age and to the local cathedral started to built by that time, this being the location for the first part of the tour. Later on we will be heading for the scenario of a local spell that concerned the main theatre in town, that of Romea, where we will be visiting its gorgeous-looking interior, built by the late 19th century in a luxurious eclectic fashion. After enjoying a coffee break by its really nice cafeteria, tour will be resumed by strolling through the old quarter while listening to more interesting stories. Tour will be ended by paying a visit, if available, to the most recent venue opened in the city, the so called Teatro Circo.