Murcia is the capital of the region of the same name and is located inland. The warm climate which boasts an annual average temperature of 18° C and 3,000 hours of sun make this a wonderful place to visit.
Dating back to 825BC the remains of the city’s defensive wall and irrigation systems to the farming plots or Huerta are still in evidence and a testimony to its Moorish heritage.
There are two nature parks which are well worth a visit; El Valle Nature Reserve and El Puerto-Carrascoy mountain range.
With its huge number of attractions in the City and Fine Arts Museums and most famous Salzillo Museum where life size wood works of the eighteenth century Murcian sculptor, Francisco Salzillo, are displayed.
Just some of the other attractions in Murcia include the Romea Theatre which is built at the northern end of the Arab city wall and which is named after the famous local actor, Julian Romea; the Casino which dates back to 1847 and contains a library, hidden secrets of the Ladies Powder Room with a Moorish patio and neo-Baroque ballroom and Church of Nuestro Padre Jesus with its set of eight processional floats containing 556 figures of the world famous Christmas crib.
April and September are fiesta time. Easter is an explosion of colour with processions lining the street throwing sweets to all the spectators. “Romeria” is held in September to commemorate the coronation of the Virgin and is one of the most important holidays in Murcia.
If you drive towards the coast you will reach the spectacular area where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Mar Menor which is a shallow lagoon and the largest of its kind in Spain. Its water is very salty and maintains a temperature 5oC above the average Mediterranean one. It is full of coves with white sandy beaches. Here you will find picturesque fishing villages and beaches offering every watersport possible.