Places of tourist interest

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Murcia

It is a city where life is done on the street and tradition and avant-garden coexist in perfect harmony.
Walk along Alfonso X street, Santo Domingo Square, the Romea Theater, Plateria and Traperia streets until you reach the Cardenal Belluga Square, where you will find some of the main symbols of the city such as the Real Casino, with its elegant ballroom of dance style Luis XV, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, with its differents Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles, the Episcopal Palace or the Moneo Building.
The cultural offer in the city is very wide and one of the most significant is the Salzillo Museum, where you can find the most complete collection of the Baroque sculptor, Francisco Salzillo. To emphasize his neapolitan nativity scene with 556 pieces and religious sculptures that procession in Holy Week. Other important museums are Santa Clara la Real and the Regional Archaeological, as well as the exhibition galleries that are all around the city.
Among its festivals, the spring party with the Bando de la Huerta and the Burial of the Sardine are quite important, declared of International Tourist Interest.
Murcia is a city to walk through its squares, its on the terraces and enjoy the good weather and its typical tapas such as marineras, caballeitos and its famous meat pies and paparajotes.

 

Lorca

Known as the City of the Sun, it is one of the most monumental in the Region where you can appreciate the Islamic past and its rich Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

From a distance you can see its imposing castle, La Fortaleza del Sol, considered the most representative construction of the city and where remains of Arab, Christian and Jewish cultures are preserved, as well as being a large space designed to enjoy family exhibitions and different activities.
To emphasize its embroidery museums of the Blue, White, Incarnate and Purple brotherhood and its Holy Week, declared of International Tourist Interest and that will make you to discover a totally different party with its biblical-passional processions you can see large floats, chariots and equestrian groups, all dressed in rich mantles embroidered in gold and silk with scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Nearby is the coastal town of Águilas, where you can enjoy the beaches and you have the option of visiting some of its museums, walk through its streets and squares and attending one of the great parades of Carnival, declared of International Tourist Interest.

 

Cartagena

One of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean with more than 3,000 years old and whose port has witnessed some of the most important episodes in history, such as the arrival of the Carthaginians to the peninsula and the conquest of Rome. Between its heritage, it has archaeological sites, museum and interpretation centers, witch make a wide cultural offer, as well as being one of the European cities with more fortress in its port.

In the port there are the Naval Museum and the Isaac Peral building, where the first war submarine of the world is located, and the National Museum of Underwater Archeology, with a Phoenician wreck of the VII Century a.c. and the famous «Treasure of the Fragata Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes», with more than 570,000 gold and silver coins.
The Museum of the Roman Theater, built at end of the I Century a.c. by the Emperor Octavius Augustus and musealized by the architect Rafael Moneo is now an example of the integration of a Roman site within the urban center. Also, you can enjoy the Holy Week and the party of Carthaginians and Romans, both with the importance of being of International Tourist Interest, and that its people enjoy in the street with great passion.

To complete the day, you can take the famous «asiático coffee» and eat a "suspiro", popular sweet inspire the musician Álvarez Alonso when he composed his popular song «Suspiros de España».

 

Caravaca de la Cruz

It is one of the five holy cities of the world and a place chosen by pilgrims and travelers who seek a different destination. In the Basilica of Caravaca the Most Holy Vera Cruz is kept, a relic venerated from the XVIII century, a piece of the Cross in which Jesus Christ died.

To walk through the center is to enjoy an autentic medieval village, with its streets full of cobblestones that lead us to discover the hidden treasures, such as its museums and the impressive architecture and decoration of the churches. Among its festivals, one of them is celebrated in the beginning of May, Los Caballos del Vino, «the horses of wine», party declared of International Tourist Interest and where its inhabitants and the thousands of visitors who come, are prepared to sjpend a few days enjoying differents activities that are celebrated since the Middle Ages. Also important are the parades of Moors and Christians and their medieval market.

Close to the city, you can find Las Fuentes del Marqués, a space located in the middle that place one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the Region.