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Best things to do in Murcia

When visiting Murcia, there are many different attractions throughout the region to keep you busy. A main attraction in Murcia to start with is the La Manga Club Resort which is undoubtedly one of the worlds top leisure and sporting resorts. La Manga Club is located on the lower slopes of the Murcian hills to the south of the Mar Menor amongst 1400 acres of beautiful countryside. The La Manga Club is a sporting paradise in an excellent location with views out to the crystal clear waters of the Mar Menor.

La Manga golf club offers three championship golf courses, which have hosted a number of Spanish opens and is also a very popular venue for many charity events. Within La Manga Club, there are golf and tennis academies that help golfers and tennis players alike to improve their game at whatever level. These Academies are run all year round and are very popular. Whether you are a beginner or semi-pro, there will be courses that will accommodate for your needs. Murcia is also very popular for being the perfect city for strolling around (and a terrible one to drive in, with very complicated one-way systems and crowded carparks). Everything worth seeing is within walking distance. The River Segura is also a pleasant walk out of the city and then back again.

Murcia is very well known for some of its historic architecture, including Murcia cathedral, which proudly presides the Cardenal Belluga Square. It is a masterpiece from the Spanish Baroque period. The Episcopal Palace (18th century) is also located in the square. The Real Casino of Murcia is definitely worth a visit. Traditionally, casino's in Spain are socialising places for the elites and it is mostly for members only. However, Real Casino of Murcia is open to public during certain hours, so this is a wonderful chance to have a look. All the rooms have different styles and all of them has been carefully renovated. There is also a restaurant inside the Casino, where you can enjoy a drink in the inner court.

Shopping is a great attraction in Murcia with the most typical things to buy to eat in Murcia are meat pies (including deer pie). Shops in the Trapería and Platería are also worth a look. The Verónicas market is good for famous Murcian market-garden products, fish and seafood. When in Murcia, it is advised to try the local foods such as fish and seafood from the Mar Menor such as lobster as these are unique and an absolutely essential gastronomic experience. There are many other Murcian dishes that have become popular throughout Spain. For desserts try the excellent paparajotes - lemon leaves fried in crispy batter and dusted in sugar and cinnamon.

The Mar Menor is a very popular tourist attraction, bringing people from all over to take part in all water sports, such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and more. This area of Murcia is unique and is also famous for its mud baths which are supposedly good for the skin.

Another attraction in Murcia is at Terra Natura Murcia, where you can see more than 300 animals from 50 different species, three of which are in serious danger of extinction, plus over 500 examples of more than 50 species of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants from these regions. As well as the hugely varied collection of wildlife, our educational information and the range of shows, entertainment and adventure activities make Terra Natura Murcia the number one choice for families looking to spend an interesting and entertaining day in a natural setting.

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