The history of the University of Murcia dates back to the thirteenth century and the reign of Alfonso X, the Wise. In 1914 the region of Murcia was granted its own university, and the University of Murcia was then re-founded. With approximately 30,000 students, more than 2,000 teaching and research professionals, about 80 degrees and 7 research institutes, it is one of the largest universities in Spain. Its welcoming atmosphere is in line with the cosmopolitan character of the city. Each year the university welcomes hundreds of international students.
Murcia is the capital city of the region of the same name. It was established in 825DC and it is renowned for its collections of Baroque sculptures and buildings. About a 1-hour drive separates Murcia from Alicante, the southernmost city of the region of Valencia. Murcia is also within 30 minutes from the coast. Given this proximity with the Mediterranean Sea, Murcia enjoys a very mild weather, mostly dry, with an average temperature ranging between 15 and 19ºC. Apart from its rich gastronomy, Murcia is a good representative of the typical Spanish tapas (pre-lunch or pre-dinner snacks).
To find out more about the region and city of Murcia, click here.
Airports. The city of Murcia is within 40 kms (27 miles) from the Murcia-San Javier Airport with direct flights from a good number of European cities. There is also the Alicante Airport, just 10 kms southwest of Alicante and 68 kms (42 miles) to the north or Murcia.
How to get to Murcia
1) From the San Javier airport, you can take the Latbus bus 73, which will take you to the Murcia Bus & Coach Station in about 45 minutes for 7€. The bus departs from the airport every day at 17.45, 19.15 and 22.45. For more detailed information, click here.
Murcia-San Javier Airport telephone number: +34 968 250088.
You can also take a cab at the airport, which will drop you off in Murcia in less than half an hour for about 42€.
2) From the Alicante Airport, you can either take a cab to Murcia (about 45 minutes, 60€) or the Airport-Murcia Alsa bus (4.5€ or 8.10€, round trip), whose schedule you can check out here.
The city of Murcia offers various transportation options. You can walk to many hotels, restaurants and shops or use various forms of public transportation. Latbus is the bus company that operates in the city. In some parts of the city center, you can also use the newly built tram (Tranvimur), or get a cab to move around or visit the shopping malls (Thader and Nueva Condomina) or the Espinardo Campus (the University of Murcia’s largest campus), which are all within a 10-to15-minute drive from the center.
ATMs. ATMs are available inside La Merced Campus and also in the surrounding area
If you have any questions or need help with local information, you can ask a Symposium Assistant, who will be easily identifiable.
Please choose your hotel then fill in the BOOKING FORM and send it as an attachment before the final booking date to firstname.lastname@example.org
No payment needs to be made in advance. The booking will be confirmed by email and the hotel room will then be held until 6pm on the day of arrival. If you are going to arrive later than that time, you should inform the hotel directly.