Murcia is the seventh largest city in Spain and is the capital of the region of the same name. The city is located on the Segura River and has a fairly mild climate. The Spanish region of Murcia is especially important for the production and export of vegetables, fruit and flowers. In addition, it is a large student city because of its university with over 30,000 students. The city is located about 40 kilometres from the Costa Calida ('warm coast'), the eastern coast of Spain with its many sandy beaches.

Murcia was founded in 825 by the emir of Cordoba, Abd ar-Rahman II and has several cultural and historical sites around the old city centre. Here, you will find many baroque buildings. The history and student atmosphere give Murcia its own identity.

Cathedral & Plaza Cardenal Belluga

Murcia's best-known landmark is the cathedral at Plaza Cardenal Belluga in the historic heart of Murcia. The Gothic church dates back to the 15th century, but the 96-metre high church tower and main entrance were only built in 1754 in the Baroque style. In the museum of the cathedral you will learn more about this history.

Real Casino

The Real Casino built in 1847 and a real landmark near the cathedral. It does not function as a casino but as a social meeting place. Inside, it has a luxurious Moorish-style interior based on the palace rooms of the Alhambra, covered on the outside with statues. You can visit the shining building as a 'museum' for about 5 euros.

Plaza de Santa Domingo

The central square of Murcia in the historic centre and filled with many restaurants and bars. From the square also runs Calle La Trapería, the most important old shopping street of Murcia

Santa Clara Monastery

Near the Plaza de Santa Domingo is Monasterio Santa Clara, a monastery in Gothic and Baroque style built on the remains of a Moorish palace. The monastery includes a free museum with religious artefacts and paintings.

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