MONTEAGUDO VISITORS CENTER
In the Monteagudo Visitor Center, 50 centuries of human presence are reflected in its surroundings, structured in the five most important periods or periods of its history: Chalcolithic, Argaric, Iberian, Roman and Andalusian.
Each one of them is represented in a separate room through the exhibition of part of the archaeological remains found in the various excavations that have been carried out in Montegudo during the last 50 years, as well as with the recreation or reproduction of scenes and Environments, with illustrations, models and dioramas.
Free audio guides in Spanish and English available to visitors.
MURCIA MURALLA VISITORS CENTER
The Muralla de Murcia is a reference of first order in the tourist and cultural offer of the city.
The center hosts a section of the medieval walls of Murcia in which it is possible to appreciate the evolution that over the centuries experienced the urban defenses.
In these transformations and adaptations of the wall to the needs of the city is summarized the history of Murcia: its foundation in the s. IX, its development in the s. XII, the Castilian conquest in the mid-s. XIII, its frontier character during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and finally the disappearance of defensive needs after the union of the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon and the conquest of the Nasrid sultanate of Granada at the end of the s. XV, its decay and disuse in later centuries and its rehabilitation as an urban element in the late s. XX.
The historical importance of the Wall of Santa Eulalia as well as the singularity of the architectural intervention show the respect to the archaeological remains that are in situ and that allow to relate with the spaces in which they were.
The Center is located on an open excavation in the Plaza de Santa Eulalia next to the Hermitage of San José. In this excavation, of about 110 m2, remains of the Arab wall of the s. XII, on which during the s. XV was built a new wall coinciding at this point with the access tower. This project places us in a first phase of action of the entire archaeological environment, which will be considered in the near future as new performances in other contiguous deposits, about 50 m2 total, and the Arab necropolis located in the same square about 25 meters Away. All these archaeological stations were connected in the origin, reason why the project contemplates the global action by phases of all the zone, proposing a communication through subterranean galleries.
The Center consists of several rooms in which virtually daily life is recreated in medieval Murcia. Through a guided tour and through plasma screens, infographics and models the visitor can go back centuries back in time to know the evolution of the wall from the Islamic era to the Christian.
SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER
The Visitors Center of San Antonio El Pobre is located in the old hermitage of the same name. This hermitage is associated with the set of religious constructions that are part of Santa Catalina del Monte. Its current aspect dates from the eighteenth century, according to the canons of the baroque popular Murcia. It is a building that consists of church and dependencies for shelter of the hermit and a cave excavated in the mountain. The church is of central plant and is covered by a vault of edge.
It enjoys singular charm the very environment of the hermitage, which recreates a natural waterfall and the transit of the path that joins the chapel with the Centers of Light and El Valle.
"LA LUZ" VISITOR CENTER
The Visitor Center of La Luz is located in the Natural Park of El Valle, just 7 kilometers from the city of Murcia.
The Park, besides an incomparable natural environment for recreation and recreation, is an oxygen lung for the city and a place well-liked by Murcia. It has a total area of approximately 16,724 hectares. In 1917 it was included in the National Catalog of Natural Spaces and enjoys the regional protection figure that was granted in 1992.
At present, this natural space is proposed to join the future Natura 2000 Network (European Network of Natural Spaces). In addition, large areas of the Park have been declared Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) and Place of Community Interest (LIC), both figures of protection on a European scale.
With the construction and start-up of the Visitor Center, Murcia City Council demonstrates its interest in making sustainable development, conservation of nature and public use compatible.
The purpose of this center, inaugurated on December 21, 2004, is the use of the natural resources and heritage of the area to make it a top tourist destination.
The center is located in a modern and functional building of almost 1000 m2 of built surface, fully integrated in the landscape thanks to the materials that configure it. Being immersed in a place full of sights of interest in all directions has been conceived externally as a privileged observatory, while its interior design is planned based on an interior tour to show how much interest there and was in the zone. The space is distributed in three floors:
- Low level. Exhibition space dedicated to different thematic and historical axes.
- First floor. Audiovisual room and cafeteria.
- Second floor. Panoramic terraces.
- PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
The protected area of El Valle-Sierra de Carrascoy and its natural and patrimonial resources can be contemplated in a global and didactic way in the model that has been made for this purpose. Then the visitor will access the exhibition space, articulated in three thematic axes: "The Valley of the Iberians", "Medieval Fortifications and Spirituality" and "The Seda in Murcia".
The space and chronological tour begins with the Iberian world, highlighting the antiquity of human presence in this place, from there you access the spiritual world of hermitages, convents and sanctuaries that were emerging around the caves and peaks of the area to finalize Touring a whole time in which the place was frequented by families in search of summer rest.