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Discover Murcia, Spain's Mediterranean gem

  • Murcia, Spain
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

Located in the south-western part of Spain, the Murcia region boasts some 170 mi of Mediterranean coastline as well as a wide variety of landscapes despite the relatively small area they cover (4,600 mi²). What is more, the region benefits from a particularly mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year.

Murcia: the key figures

Surface area : 11317.0 km2

Population : 1474000 inhabitants

  • The beautiful beaches
  • La Manga's unique microclimate
  • The wealthy Huerta and the fine wines
  • Transport in some parts of the country.
  • Some of the beaches are overcrowded

Murcia: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • La Manga , La Manga, Spain , Spain
    La Manga
  • Mar Menor , Spain
    Mar Menor
  • Cañón de Almadenes , Spain
    Cañón de Almadenes
  • Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro , Spain
    Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro
  • Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro , Spain

Arts and culture

  • Murcia Cathedral , Murcia, southern Spain , Spain
    Murcia Cathedral
  • The baths archaeological site
  • Bando de la Huerta, Arts and culture, Murcia
    Bando de la Huerta
  • Bando de la Huerta, Arts and culture, Murcia

The fauna and flora

  • Sierra Espuña Regional Reserve, Murcia, Sierra Espuña, The fauna and flora, Murcia
    Sierra Espuña
  • Barranco del Gredero

Murcia: what to buy?

In terms of local craft, the region of Murcia is famous for its objects made of clay, wood, wicker and glass. Notable also are the embroideries made of silk or gold and silver thread. During the weekend, you can discover all these objects on the small local markets. Furthermore, regional crafts are fiercely preserved, and great care is taken to pass on ancient techniques and promote indigenous products. The regional Craft Centres, in Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca, exhibit and sell various products that represent currently produced crafts.

Murcia: what to eat?

The region is famous for its delicious vegetables and its Mediterranean cuisine: cereal, vegetables and olive oil. On the coast, fish is cooked in wrought iron steam pots or salt-baked in the oven. Generally speaking, every dish comes with an abundance of rice and vegetables. The hinterlands are known for the wide selection of gaspacho that accompany a plate of grilled lamb, cold cuts and dried fruit.

Murcia: travel tips

The region of Murcia is more popular among Spanish tourists than it is among foreigners. However, with 170 mi of coastline and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, it's a perfect place to perfect your tan. The region's name comes from 'murtae', which means blackberry, the fruit that silkworms used to feed on during the second world war, when the silk industry was still thriving.

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