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.
Surface area : 11317.0 km2
Population : 1474000 inhabitants
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.
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.
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.