Murcia might not be on your radar – but it should. This city has all the exotic influences of Arabia, thanks to its Moorish past, and it rubs shoulders with typically Spanish tapas bars and leafy plazas. The cathedral here is Murcia’s biggest draw, though. Construction started in the 14th-century, but it wasn’t actually finished until the 18th, and the end result is a grab-bag of Baroque and Gothic architectural styles. The bell tower is the tallest in Spain, measuring up at 92 metres – that’s including the weathervane. It’s also home to 25 chiming bells. After a look around, it’s on to St Clara Monastery. The Islamic art collection here is one of the best in the region, and dates back to the 13th century. And the building itself has a few things in common with the Alhambra Palace in Granada. So think mosaic-domed ceilings and pillared archways leading out to perfect rectangular water features. When we leave here, there’ll be some time in the city centre itself. A good place for stop for a coffee is Plaza de Flores, which is packed with flower stalls.
Shorts should not be worn and shoulders covered when visiting the cathedral and the monastery. Also, you won't be allowed to enter the cathedral if mass or a wedding are taking place.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.