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Top Choice Religious in Lorca

Semana Santa

If you're from Lorca, you’re probably passionately Blanco (White) or Azul (Blue), the colours of the two major brotherhoods that have competed since 1855 to see who can stage the most lavish Semana Santa display. Lo…
Top Choice Castle in Lorca

Castillo Fortaleza del Sol

The town’s castle, high over town, is an impressive place, a huge medieval complex characterised by two towers. The basic entry includes an audio guide and access to the Torre del Espolón, reconstructed after the ea…
Top Choice Historic Building in Murcia

Real Casino de Murcia

Murcia’s resplendent casino first opened as a gentlemen’s club in 1847. Painstakingly restored to its original glory, the building is a fabulous combination of historical design and opulence, providing an evocative …
Top Choice Church in Lorca

Colegiata de San Patricio

This stately and beautiful gem of a church presides in golden-stone majesty over Lorca's central square. The sober and handsome triple-tiered baroque facade conceals a triple-naved interior Renaissance interior with…
Top Choice Spanish in Murcia

La Pequeña Taberna

Look for the cascade of market vegetables outside the door when locating this quality restaurant, which isn't quite as small as it claims. Excellent service furnishes its tables, divided by boxes of tomatoes, melons…
Top Choice Square in Lorca

Plaza de España

The highlight of the old town is a group of baroque buildings around Plaza de España, including the Pósito, a 16th-century former granary; the 18th-century Casa del Corregidor; and the town hall. Lording over the sq…
Top Choice Spanish in Cartagena

Magoga

Elegant dining areas and an open kitchen characterise this smart white-exteriored local on a nondesript pedestrian boulevard off Calle Carlos III. The gastronomic enthusiasm of the young owners shines through in the…
Top Choice Argentine in Murcia

Vacanal

Smart, spacious and modern, this Argentine restaurant focuses on meat. There are some great mixed-grill specials, but the real highlights are the sizeable steaks, perfectly cooked over coals. They get it all right h…
Top Choice Museum in Cartagena

Museo Nacional de Arqueología Subacuática

This excellent, attractive space delves into the depths of the fascinating world of underwater archaeology. It starts off by explaining the work of those delvers in the deep and then sails on into the maritime histo…
Top Choice Seafood in Águilas

El Poli

With a traditional varnished wood interior, albeit with a shipboard feel, this looks like another barrio cafe until you realise that the menu is all locally caught fish and shellfish. Don't spend too much time brows…