In the 1700s and 1800s this city in eastern Spain had an economic boom that furnished it with some glorious pieces of baroque art and architecture.
Monuments like the cathedral and the sculptures of Francisco Salzillo need to be your first ports of call to see the best of Murcia’s culture.
You can also step back even further to find traces of the city’s Moorish origins that are integrated into several of the city’s buildings, and on display at the city’s Archaeological Museum.
In the evenings venture onto the squares of the old centre with friends or loved ones for stand-up tapas.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Murcia:
1. Murcia Cathedral
The city’s cathedral has a big medley of architectural styles, but it’s the baroque additions in the 17th and 18th centuries that really catch the eye.
The main baroque facade on Plaza del Cardenal Belluga is breathtakingly grand, with its bold columns and beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary with archangel above the main portal.
Inside you’ll step past numerous lavish chapels, but seek out the tomb of King Alfonso X of Castile.
And don’t forget the bell-tower: At 93 metres it’s the second-tallest in Spain (Behind Seville’s Giralda), and took more than 250 years to complete.
By the time it was finished in 1793 it had a fusion of renaissance, baroque, rococo and neoclassical styles.