Hotel founded in 1971
Gourmet restaurant with a terrace
Although not lapped by Mar Menor waters, the city of Murcia lives and breathes the sea. It is impossible to separate this city from its marked Mediterranean and fishing spirit, which are ever present in its architecture, history and, of course, its gastronomy. Thanks to a combination of these three elements, the hotels in Murcia offer travellers everything they could wish for on holiday: comfortable, modern accommodation with good transport links in a perfect setting for a few days of rest.
Time is not a limit in a city like Murcia. The centre is very convenient as all the main attractions are within walking distance of each other and can also be accessed by public transport. The hotels located near the Segura river, close to the centre, are particularly convenient for guests who cannot spend as much time as they would like in the city and want to see the highlights during their short break in Murcia.
Many visitors only find themselves on a business trip in Murcia, and others choose the city for a stop before continuing their journey between Andalusia and the Valencian Community. Luckily for both sets of visitors, they can enjoy a quick trip around the city and see its highlights in just one day. In that case, the best place to start the day is in Plaza de las Flores and the surrounding pedestrianised streets. This is the hub of daily activity in the city and a place where commerce and arts and crafts date back to the Middle Ages. After passing the cathedral and walking along streets such as Calle Trapería, Calle Jabonerías and Calle Platería, visitors and locals tend to whet their appetites with a typical ‘Marinera’ tapa, which consists of a mouthful of Olivier salad on a ring-shaped roll of bread topped with an anchovy. This leaves room for other culinary specialities from the Murcia region such as Zarangollo (scrambled eggs with courgette and onion), cod meatballs or paparajotes, a local dessert.
End the day with a walk along the north bank of the Segura river with obligatory stops at the San Juan de Dios collection of monuments, the Old Bridge (also called Puente de los Peligros), the sardine monument and Paseo del Malecón, before returning to the hotel.
The motto on the city’s coat of arms is even an invitation to travellers: “Praise and love the old and new”. The phrase sums up Murcia’s charm and its appeal as a holiday destination. A balance has been created between the modern and the traditional in a city that is constantly being updated but has not lost the charm and freshness of its rustic setting, declared a site of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Its range of accommodation is also in keeping with this motto, in which tradition and innovation are complementary terms. Hotels in Murcia, such as the Occidental Murcia Siete Coronas, take inspiration from the city’s culture and tradition to offer guests an authentic experience without compromising on state-of-the-art luxury and facilities. The Barceló Hotel Group is all about sophisticated hotels and innovative options for a stay that provides guests with the ideal environment for relaxing and taking advantage of everything the city has to offer, whether they are visiting for business or pleasure. Without a doubt, it is a point of reference for any traveller who values comfort, relaxation and personalised service during their stay.