26 Oct A different destination: Costa Calidas in Murcia, Spain
The capital of the Costa Calida is Murcia, Spain. It is here that the old is blended with the contemporary. A typical Spanish city, Murcia has many points of interest for locals and tourists alike. It is a college town with over 30,000 students attending its university at any given time. Thus, Murcia has earned the nickname “University City.”
Among the places to visit in Murcia are museums, cathedrals and churches, and the university itself. Getting there is easy too. Once you arrive there is no shortage of accommodations either, but you will want to plan for university events such as graduations because hotels will book quickly.
Museums and Other Attractions
Once you have found your home base it is time to explore the many sights offered in and around Murcia. There is something for the art lover, history fanatic or outdoor enthusiast.
One must-see stop on your tour of Murcia is the Cathedral of Murcia. This landmark is known by its tower that can be see from great distances. Outside, there are huge access doors that are uniquely crafted. The main entrance, known as the Puetra del Perdon, the north side door, called the Portada de las Cadenas and the Portada de los Apostoles all give entrance to the chapel. Inside you will find an abundance of gold and other ornate embellishments that show this is a sacred place. Tourists can go to the top of the tower to see spectacular views of the city and beyond.
The museum called the Almudi Art Palace once housed the tithes in the form of corn, collected by the clergy. It is the city archives and centre for art today after being renovated in the mid-1980s.
The history of the entire region can be seen at the city museum called Museo de la Ciudad. Art, industry, and the entire culture can be viewed by its artefacts. This location also boasts an orchard from the Moorish period.
Just for fun, the Gran Casino Murcia lets you spend your Euros in slot machines while enjoying the ornate ballroom. Then you can move on to the Spa La Manga Club for some relaxation. It is located at the Hyatt Las Lomas Village & Spa and offers steam rooms Jacuzzi tubs, manicures, pedicures, therapeutic massage, and even reflexology. A lap pool is located on the premises featuring 6 lanes 25-metres in length. Children are welcome, but have their own swimming pool so the adults are not disturbed.