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Backdropped by mountains on the meandering river Segura, the Spanish city of Murcia is a hub of architectural delights. Splicing a variety of styles from Baroque to Rococo to Gothic, Murcia is guaranteed to whet the appetite of any keen historian. Its long tradition in agriculture is also evident from the city’s delicacies, which are lovingly created using the freshest local produce.
Due to its prime location close to the Mediterranean coast, Murcia is most popular during the summer season when the weather is at its finest.
Nevertheless, as a university town packed with culture, it attracts tourists all year round for its youthful energy and flamboyant heritage.
The best time to find cheap flights to Murcia from the UK is usually in winter and early spring when the weather is cooler. Although blistering sunshine may not be on the cards, rest assured, you won’t find yourself short of things to do and see in this bustling little city.
If possible, the best way to secure cheap flights to Murcia is to be flexible on dates. While it’s good to avoid major religious festivals, such as Holy Week or Christmas, you should be able to find affordable flights to Murcia most times of the year. Select the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option above the search results to see a wide range of flights.
You should also be sure to check flights from a variety of UK airports: you can often find a cheaper flight from an airport close to you. To make this as easy as possible, we’ve included a ‘Nearby Airports’ option underneath your chosen departure location on the search bar.
While you can find direct flights to Murcia from airports all over the UK, sometimes a stopover may be required out of season.
During high season, flights depart daily from most major UK airports, although in wintertime these may reduce to a few times a week.
Optimal flight times from the UK to Murcia are as follows:
Current flights to Murcia land at Murcia-San Javier Airport, a civilian and military airbase located about 25 miles from the city in the port town of San Javier. While Murcia-San Javier has been named one of the best small airports in Europe, it is currently in the process of transferring commercial airlines to the nearby Corvera Airport.
However, for the time being, you will still find the following airlines flying to Murcia-San Javier from the UK:
Although a bus service runs from the airport into Murcia, this is not very regular. For this reason, hopping in a taxi is probably the best way to reach your final destination. Hiring a car in Murcia is also an excellent way of getting around, giving you the freedom to explore the wider region, its striking landscapes, vineyards and fruit farms.
Murcia’s fine weather and compact size also means it’s ideal for exploring on foot. With exquisite architecture from every conceivable century on offer at almost every turn, you’ll definitely want to bring some comfortable footwear!
Begun in the 14th century and completed 300 years later, Murcia Cathedral is no doubt the jewel in the city’s architectural crown. Renowned for its complex, varied and detailed marble facade, the cathedral comprises figureheads, statues, sweeping columns and pediments. Inside, the splendid Velez chapel, bathed in sunlight, will move even the most secular of visitors.
In addition to countless museums, botanical gardens and the odd casino, you’re just a stone’s throw from the Costa Blanca too – perfect for soaking up a little sun on the beach.
While Spanish cuisine is ever popular among the Brits, Murcia really takes this and runs with it. Combining the freshest vegetables with local seafood, foodies will definitely want to make the most of the fine dining here. We particularly recommend ‘michirones’. This fantastic local stew is made from chorizo and broad beans.
Be sure to duck your head into the city’s many churches too, perhaps the best way to see the variety of architectural styles the city has to offer. However, be aware that these are functioning houses of worship, so be respectful and avoid entering as a tourist if there is a service taking place.