According to the World Health Organisation - Murcia has the healthiest climate in Europe!
The ancient history of the region was sculptured by the Carthaginians, Romans and the Moors, all of which occupied and left their marks on this sometimes overlooked and underrated part of Spain. According to the World Health Organisation, Murcia has the healthiest climate in Europe with more than 320 days of sunshine per year, that’s enough to satisfy even the most demanding sun worshiper.
From a geographical point, the region of Murcia really is a region stark in contrasts from its dry plains to rich cultivated areas growing a surprisingly large selection of fruits and vegetables, including cotton, apricots, oranges, grapes and lemons. Murcia also has its fair share of picturesque and wild mountainous areas and the Costa Calida coastline, around 250 kms long, home to many popular beach resorts.
The highest point in the region are the Revolcadores Massif mountains, around 2,027 meters in height, followed by numerous other smaller ranges located in the central and northwest area of the province, such as El Carche, La Pilar , the Sierra Espuña, Pila, and the picturesque Ricote Valley.
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The City of Murcia
The city of Murcia is often described as one of the most beautiful and historic in the country. There is a great selection of historic buildings and sites including impressive city walls, churches which where previously mosques and the Cathedral arguably the most prized building in the city.
The first foundation stone was laid in 1388 by Bishop Pedrosa and took four centuries to complete ( no jokes about Spanish builders please !! ). The different styles and cultures within the Cathedral are impressive including 23 different chapels. Other buildings of note include the Bishop’s Palace located near the Cathedral dating back to 1748, the Convent Church of Santa Ana which provides a historical ménage from the 18th and 15th centuries. the San Miguel Church and the Almudi dating back to 1602.
The city is also home to an important university city so there is a youthful atmosphere with many lively bars around the student campus district.
You may suffer from historic overload in Murcia Spain as there seems to be a monumental building on every corner. Most of which are in pristine condition after long and costly restorations.
Port City of Cartagena
The origins of Cartagena dates back over 3.000 years and due to its deepwater port area was one of Spain’s main naval bases. The city went into some decline during the mid 20th century but has undergone a major redevelopment in the past 20 years.
When the Spanish naval base closed the archaeologists moved in transforming the many historic sites into stunning places to visit. The cities undeniable historic symbol is the Roman Theatre Museum a true wonder of the Roman occupation, the site includes the Pascual Riquelme Palace and the Santa María la Vieja Cathedral, interestingly the Carthago Nova Theatre was not discovered until 1990.
Murcia has more than its fair share of festivals and fiestas going on throughout the year. The pick of the annual festivities is Holy Week in April, the annual fair dedicated to the cities patron saint La Virgen de la Fuensanta.
If you like the carnival atmosphere then February is a great time to visit and dress up in the colourful carnival costumes and participate in any of the numerous activities which go on throughout the month.
The Mar Menor - La Manga de Mar Menor
The region boasts the stunning coastal area known as La Manga de Mar Menor which due to a geographical accident of nature has made a coastal strip of land which, bar a few connecting channels, is completely closed off the Mediterranean sea. A huge saltwater lagoon was formed which is proudly protected by the rough Mediterranean sea on the outside, with many types of exciting water sports being practiced in its calmer waters.
The four main holiday resorts which lay along the Costa Calida are San Javier, Los Alcazares and San Pedro de Pinatar.
The Costa Calida
The Costa Calida stretches for some 250 kms, and offer golden everything from rugged coastlines, unspoiled sandy beaches, crystal waters and romantic coves. The coastline sits between the Costa Blanca to the North and the Costa Almeria in the south.
The coastline has become one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations. The four main holiday resorts which lay along the Costa Calida are San Javier, Los Alcazares and San Pedro de Pinatar. Other towns located along the coast which are well worth visiting include Los Belones, Isla Plana, Bolnuevo, Lo Pagan. El Mojon, Los Urrutias and La Azohia.
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Traditional dining in the city of Murcia
El Pasaje de Zabalburu
Located on the Plaza San Pedro Num 3, Restaurant El Pasaje de Zabalburu serves up a selection of traditional tapas with a modern twist. Signature dishes include seared tuna, artichokes stuffed with duck, ox cheeks and cuttlefish croquets.
Restaurant El Churra
For a fine dining experience, the Restaurant El Churra is a food option. It is located within the 3-star Hotel El Churra on Avenida Marqués de Los Velez, number 12. The chef here makes use of top quality local produce to create a fine selection of rustic and modern Spanish dishes. The hotel boasts a large wine cellar with over 250 different types of wine in over 15.000 bottles.
Restaurant Pura Cepa
Located on Calle Cristo del Perdon Number 8, this is simply a superb restaurant in Murcia offering a unique dining experience. Great use of local products and wines is central to the traditional Spanish cooking served at the Pura Cepa. Your taste buds will come alive with dishes such as red prawn croquettes, the tapa of cheese avocado and sardine, and the delicious grilled scallop.
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Recommended hotels in the city of Murcia
Although not actually located on the La Manga strip the 5 star La Manga Club Principe Felipe is a perfect holiday resort situated just a 10 minute drive form the main resort. The La Manga Golf Resort really does offer everything to ensure a perfect stay including 3 championship golf courses, tennis academy, football pitches, day spa and wellness centre, sauna, heated pool, Jacuzzi,bars and restaurants. Reviewer Rating: 8.3
The 4 star Hotel Nelva enjoys a great location just a 5 minute drive from the historic old quarter of Murcia. The hotel offers a number of first class facilities including a pool, exterior bar, free wifi, large rooms and comfy beds.The hotel is close to a number of bars and eateries. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
For budget travelers looking to explore the city of Murcia and the surrounding region the Ibis Hotel is a perfect choice. Conveniently positioned close to many local attractions guests at the Ibis enjoy a sun deck, a rooftop terrace and breakfast facilities. The hotel is under a 45-minute drive from Murcia-San Javier Airport. Reviewer Rating: 8.0