A (new) local’s guide to Murcia, Spain

 

FOOD

The photo on the left is my first meal in Murcia! El Rincon de Las Anas is still one of my very favorite places to eat. This is a prawn surrounding a scallop on a bed of lettuce with sprouts and salsa and chili pepper on top. Four euros and phenomenal. Paired with a local white wine from Jumilla.

IMG_7261La Tapa in Plaza Flores: (you MUST try their croquettes w goat cheese, rosemary and honey- photo above) The photo above on the right is of their mushroom gazpacho. It has fancy foam on top and it’s only 3 euros- what?!

I walked by El Jardín de los Dragones* one afternoon and happened to be so hungry that I ran right in. I’m sure glad I did! This is now one of my favorites! I go for tapas + beers or a menú del día (multi course lunch). P.s. it’s vegan!

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favorite vegan lunch spot + company

In Plaza Cristo Resucitado you’ll find *Dragon Lab (El Jardín’s child) and La Terraza del Girasol.

Urban Burrito Bar = saving Murcia from an American-Mexican food shortage. I’m so glad this place exists! It’s a staple for me now. They have a good vegan chili as well. I’m a regular.

Mano a mano has fantastic pizza. I love to take a slice to go and eat on a bench in the sunshine while people watching.

Llallao – tangy soft-serve frozen yogurt with dark chocolate coating YES PLEASE. It’s a chain but it’s originally from Murcia.

DRINKS

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Coffee spots: Cafe Lab, El Gallinero & Socolá are all amazing.

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Mercado de Correos is a gorgeous spot to grab a drink day or night.

Please note that I don’t go out at night much. But when I do, I…

Grab cocktails (gin and tonics are most popular- try Seville’s strawberry variety: Puerto de Indias) at El Perro Azul on the patio. Late night stop: Revolver for giant glasses of beer & live music. Bizzart is  my favorite spot for dancing.

TO SEE 

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IMG_7320The Casino + CathedralSanta Clara Monastery (Museum)

IMG_0049Fuensanta cathedral on the side of a Mountain with nice views and little trails around

Street art at Plaza Academia General del Aire

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SHOP

Pequeña Moma is my favorite shop for airy pants and dresses in the city.

Day Trips from Murcia

IMG_8335Cartagena day trip to see Roman theater + veg lunch spot: Chef Momo

The town of Bullas has a waterfall and swimming hole called El Salto de Usero. It’s a great place to go on a hot day! You can get there by bus from Murcia.

I enjoy hiking at El Valle. Just a short city bus ride from Murcia’s city center, there are many trail options, green mountains and fresher air.

On my to do list:

Mazarron beach and the pink salt lake: Las Salinas de Torrevieja (for this one I’ll need to rent a car)

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