Cheap flights to Murcia are available from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports in London, as well as Manchester Airport. Flights to Murcia may also depart from some regional airports around the UK. UK and EU citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Latbus operates three services a day from the airport to the city centre. Visit the Latbus website for timetables and other information. Taxis can be hired outside the terminal building.
Latbus operates most of the bus services in Murcia and the surrounding region. Check the Latbus website for route maps, timetables and other information. Some companies provide long-distance coach services to other Spanish and international destinations. The long-distance buses leave from the bus station in the city centre. Trains connect Murcia with other Spanish cities, and depart from the main railway station in the city centre. Taxis can be flagged down in the city centre or hired ahead of time.
The quiet city of Murcia is an up and coming city break destination. The Baroque façade of the Cathedral of Murcia is one of the city’s most impressive sights. It boasts the distinction of having the tallest bell tower in Spain. The grand Bishop’s Palace is located on the same square, not far from the cathedral. Francisco Salzillo was one of the most renowned sculptors of the 18th century, and a collection of his works is housed in the Museo Salzillo. The Almudi Palace was originally built to store corn, but has been converted into an art museum. Take a dip in the warm clear waters of the Mar Menor. This little lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a long sandbank, and is surrounded by a series of beaches.
There is a branch of the Spanish department store El Corte Ingles in Murcia. It has a large choice of high street brands as well as some cafes and restaurants. Calle de la Traperia is a pedestrianised street in the old town, lined with a diverse assortment of shops. Freshly baked pastries can be purchased through a hatch from the nuns at the Convent Church of Santa Ana. The nuns conduct their business in this manner so as not to break their vows of non-contact with the outside world. La Gran Taberna is a cosy family restaurant serving traditional regional dishes.