Yesterday, we took our visitors to Murcia on the train. They could hardly believe the fare - 2.10€ return for a twenty minute journey each way. Even for five people, it is not worth struggling to find somewhere to park, paying for parking and the diesel - let the train take the strain as British Rail used to say.
We set off reasonably early to give ourselves time before everything closes for lunchtime siesta. First stop was a coffee in the plaza where the cathedral is situated. Then of course we went inside the cathedral for a look around.
Our next stop was to be the Plaza de Toros. Last time Pam and I went we arrived there too late. Yesterday we were on time but were turned away because they were working inside preparing for one of the corridas which are part of the September Feria.
A saunter round the shops brought us to the plaza where we intended to eat. Unfortunately, the restaurant we had eaten in on both our previous trips was closed for vacations, so we looked at the other restaurants that line the Plaza.
The one we chose offered a "menu del dia" for 8€. As you know, I am sceptical about the quality of cheap lunches. This one proved me wrong. There was a varied selection, the food was good and the portions generous.
Well refreshed, we sauntered back down to the river for a walk along the banks. Murcia has some very interesting bridges including this footbridge which is cantilevered on one side – very clever piece of engineering.
So we had a pleasant day in this fascinating city and hopefully gave our visitors some good memories of their holiday in this area of Spain.
They fly back today so will spend their last hours here packing and chilling by the pool.
As for Pam and I, we are determined to re-visit Murcia at some time in the future in the hope that we will finally make it into the bullring.