This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Murcia. To help you make friends with Murcia before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
There are many doubts about the origins of the city of Murcia. It was mentioned under the name Madina Mursiya in the eighth century by the emir of Al-Andalus Rahman II, but it is not clear how long it existed before that and how it was founded. There are remains around the city from the Bronze Age. It was conquered by the Arabs and it remained under their rule until the middle of the thirteenth century. After being part of the Kingdom of Aragon, Murcia became part of Spain in the early sixteenth century.
Today, Murcia has a population of more than four hundred and forty thousand people and it is steadily growing. There are interesting places to visit in the city. The most iconic building is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, located in the Old Town Square. Construction began on the old main mosque in the fourteenth century, although many parts were added or renovated later. The Episcopal Palace of Murcia is the official seat of the Diocese of Cartagena, built in the eighteenth century. The Church of Santo Domingo and the adjacent Capilla Del Rosario belong to the Order of Dominica.
Murcia has also many parks and museums, including the Floridablanca Garden and the Garden of the Seda, the Archaeological Museum of Murcia, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Murcia. La Feria de Murcia in the first fortnight of September is celebrated every year.
The choice of Murcia hostels is not very good; there are only a few hostels in Murcia and they are often booked up. Moreover, Murcia hostels do not have the best location, as most hostels in Murcia are situated quite far from the city center and you need public transportation to reach them. To make the situation even more complicated, the prices are not very low and the conditions are not the best, but most hostels in Murcia are still quite decent.
Written by local enthusiast for Murcia hostelsGeorge Traveller