Excursion

Exploring Murcia

Explore the city of Murcia, about an hour's drive southwest of Alicante in the Segura River valley. See the cathedral in the Plaza de Belluga and the Real Casino, two examples of the mélange of architectural styles here.

  • Code
    ALC-J
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 4 hours
New for 2018 - Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Board an air-conditioned motor coach at the pier and drive about an hour to the city of Murcia in Spain's fertile Segura River valley, blooming with lemon and orange groves and fields of vegetables. Originally founded by the Moors in 825 AD, Murcia has seen its fair share of various ruling factions over time, and the result is an eclectic mix of architectural styles in city structures, from Islamic and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque.

Visit the cathedral in the Plaza de Belluga, one of Murcia's most photographed attractions. The effect of various cultures and styles of the area is reflected on this building, as it took 300 years to complete. Note the ornate west-facing Baroque façade.

See the Real Casino, another example of Murcia's complicated lineage. What began as a gentleman's club in 1847 under the direction of different artists progressed into the 20th century with modern influences represented as well. In 1983, the building was named a national historical-artistic monument and remains an icon of Murcia.

Enjoy some free time to browse the city squares, including the Plaza de Flores and Romea Square, before boarding the coach for the trip back to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
Guests must be a minimum of 12 years old in order to participate. As this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking over flat and cobblestone areas, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable shoes. Flash photography is not permitted in the cathedral, and photography is prohibited in the Real Casino. Some crowding may be expected at the sights visited. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.