Like the often-forgotten middle child, Murcia is a well-loved city in the region of Murcia settled between its two more famous siblings, Andalucía, and Valencia. A quieter coliving spot, it is perfect for any digital nomad looking to take in a variety of rich Spanish architecture, whilst also enjoying access to multiple green spots and easy access to the countryside.
To brush over the city’s architectural masterpieces would be a disservice to this hotspot. The Carthaginians, Romans, and the Moors have all left their marks on the city, with some of the more notable pieces being the ornate Murcia Cathedral, which draws on both the gothic and baroque styles in glorious detail. As well as the Plaza del Cardenal Belluga with its unique and impressive columns and sculptures. Not to be missed by any remote worker is the city’s unforgettable square, Plaza de las Flores. How it got its name you ask? Well, directly from the many florists’ shops lining the square. Which wonderfully are still serving customers to this day.
As mentioned before, it’s not just the buildings that will draw nomads to this city. Murcia is surrounded by mountains, as well as being home to the famous Floridablanca Gardens. Days can be spent wandering around the brightly flowered gardens, and in particular, viewing the stunning old Ficus trees. A truly one of a kind experience. For daily shopping, you must visit the Huerta and the surrounding garden markets. Full of fresh produce and a chance to experience some of the highly anticipated tapas scene. There is no rush in Murcia, so take your time during your stay. Murcia is also home to the Terra Natura Murcia, one of Spain’s most well-regarded zoos, due to its focus on conservation.
A special time to visit is during Holy Week that takes place in April and is the annual fair dedicated to saint La Virgen de la Fuensanta. This city is more of a holiday weekend destination than a long-term coliving stay, but this will appeal to the more low-key digital nomad, especially one looking for good weather, and less tourism. Buses are easy to access, but bikes are recommended to get to know this city. Murcia may be a bit off the beaten path, but it is well worth it.
Fun facts about Murcia:
- Murcia is known as Europe’s Orchard
- Home to some of the best seafood on the Spanish east coast
- Is the capital of the autonomous community of Murcia
- Flooded in 1879