TEATRO ROMANO – CARTAGENA

The Roman Theatre of Cartagena (Teatro Romano) with the Roman Theatre Museum is one of Spain’s many beautiful and historical places to visit. The discovery and excavation of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena in recent years has been one of the most surprising discoveries of archeology of the city. Its monumental remains have come to certify the important role it played in the history of ancient Hispania. When we contemplate the splendid architecture of the theatre, we wonder how it was ever possible that a monument of this category and dimensions had been hidden for centuries. The recovery of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena, funded by the Foundation Teatro Romano, has provided many benefits for educational and cultural purposes. In addition, the considerable wealth of the pieces found during subsequent excavations at the Theatre has created a new museum space, the “Roman Theatre Museum”. Tel: 968 504 802 www.teatroromanocartagena.org

LORCA CASTLE – MURCIA

The Castle of Lorca in the province of Murcia, is a fortress of medieval origin constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. It consists of a series of defensive structures that, during the Middle Ages, made the town and the fortress an impregnable point in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula. You can also find some remains of Islamic buildings, the ruins of the Jewish quarter and its synagogue, together with the 19th century military buildings, all reflecting an extensive sequence of human occupation. A visit to Lorca Castle makes an interesting and memorable day out with its panoramic views, guided tours, restaurant, exhibitions and activities for children. Tel: 968 959 646 www.lorcatallerdeltiempo.es

MURCIA CATHEDRAL – MURCIA CITY CENTRE

Murcia Cathedral is centrally located in the main square of Murcia city centre, Plaza del Cardenal Beluga. Here you will discover artistic beauty in abundance, with different architectural styles and works of art that evoke the spiritual richness of this place of faith, worship and prayer. Murcia Cathedral has a museum located in the annexed premises of the Gothic cloister. This is the oldest part of the church that is still preserved since its construction in the 14th century. Murcia Cathedral Museum houses the treasures of the Cathedral, with important paintings and sculptures, as well as textiles and objects which reveal the historical and artistic influence of the place. One of the main highlights of Murcia Cathedral is the Bell Tower, the second highest Cathedral tower in Spain, where you can climb up and enjoy the best views over the city of Murcia. Tel: 968 219 713 www.catedralmurcia.com

REAL CASINO DE MURCIA

El Real Casino de Murcia (Royal Casino of Murcia) is an emblematic building in the city of Murcia. Its unique architecture combines modernist and eclectic artistic styles from the 19th and 20th century in Spain, with the beauty of the building awakening the admiration of all its visitors. The casino is situated in the heart of Murcia City Centre on Calle Traperia, close to Murcia Cathedral. This enchanting space houses the Real Casino de Murcia Society, a private institution founded in 1847, which today has more than 1,600 members. In 1983 it was declared a National Historical building, and is now considered to be of significant cultural interest. Visitors and tourists are welcomed to visit the casino from Monday to Sunday 10:30am-7pm Tel: 968 215 399 www.realcasinomurcia.com

CASTLE OF SAN JUAN – ÁGUILAS

The Castle of Águilas namely “Castillo de San Juan de las Águilas” was an 18th century defense fortress built to worn off pirate raiders from northern Africa. The castle sits high above the town offering spectacular panoramic views of Águilas and its surrounding countryside. Castillo de San Juan comprises of three main features; the San Pedro cannon battery, the ammunition depot and the central courtyard with artillery terrace. Various exhibits can be found inside with interesting information and audiovisuals. Tel: 968 493 285

CIMAR AQUARIUM – ÁGUILAS

The CIMAR (Centro de Interpretacion del Mar) and Aquarium in Águilas gives an interesting insight into the town of Águilas and its marine life that exists in this part of the Mediterranean. A full visit to CIMAR takes about an hour, making it an ideal place to take children as its educational as well as entertaining. The CIMAR consists of three visiting areas; a nineteen metre fishing boat providing a historical tour of fishing life in Águilas, the Aquarium which houses a variety of local marine species and tropical fish, and a museum style area. The exhibition room contains an extraordinary collection of shells which is said to be one of the largest seashell collections in Europe. Tel: 968 493 647

MEDINA SIYÂSA – CIEZA

Medina Siyâsa is one of the most important archaeological sites of preserved Islamic architecture in Europe. Medina Siyâsa was an 11th century Muslim town located in the city of Cieza. It was the most outstanding Islamic settlement within the kingdom of Murcia. Today, the excavated medina buildings can be viewed through protected perimeter fencing and the external areas of the site can be explored on foot. The nearby Siyâsa Museum can be found a short drive away and makes a fascinating end to the visit. Divided into four levels, the museum presents a journey through the history and archaeological heritage of the city of Cieza. Tel: 968 773 153

CIEZA ORCHARDS – REGION OF MURCIA

Cieza is on the entrance to the north of the Murcia region and holds a richness in its natural landscapes. The most famous spectacle Cieza has to offer is during the month of March when the entire countryside comes into bloom, known as the “Floración de Cieza”. Every year, the flowering of the orchards in Cieza is an event that attracts nature lovers to this part of Murcia, where you can enjoy the blossoming of different trees such as peach, apricot and plum. The magnificent flowering marks the arrival of spring, with the fields of Cieza brushed with colour, scent and impressive scenes. There are specific viewpoints set up in “Olmico”, “Soto de la Zarzuela” and “La Macetua”, where you can walk through the trees for perfect picture moments or soak up the enchanting views with a picnic lunch. Tel: 666 500 594 www.floraciondecieza.com

JARDIN DE LA SEDA – MURCIA

Jardin de la Seda is an enchanting public park quietly tucked away in the heart of Murcia city centre. It was constructed in 1990 on the site of an old silk factory and is how the park got its name; “Seda” meaning Silk. Among the many highlights of the park is the existing chimney from the factory which has become a symbol of the park and its neighborhood. A visit to Jardin de la Seda takes you to a place full of beauty and charm with lakes, streams and bridges, ducks and swans, viewpoints with picnic benches, rose gardens and a large children’s playground. There is a delightful cafeteria built on a raised platform over one of the lakes serving refreshments, sandwiches, tapas and warm Mediterranean dishes. Jardin de la Seda can be found on Calle Senda de Enmedio, 30009 Murcia.