DISCOVER THE REGION OF MURCIA
Located on the south-east coast of Spain, the region of Murcia has a typical Mediterranean climate. The province is small but encompasses an array of towns and resorts. Murcia’s coast, the Costa Cálida, has approximately 200km of sandy beaches while the inland regions are full of orchards, vineyards, castles and old Spanish villages.
Like much of Spain, there isn’t really a bad time to visit Murcia as the weather is brilliant all year round. The area is lucky enough to have mild winters and hot summers. In fact, the World Health Organisation names Murcia’s climate as one of the most equitable in the world!
Murcia’s climate is fairly consistent and therefore predictable, averaging 25°C throughout the duration of the year. In general, the region boasts around 325 sunny days a year with an average temperature of about 19°C.
The Costa Cálida has an array of beaches from El Mojón near the border with Alicante to Águilas near the border with Almería province. One of the major destinations of Murcia is the Mar Menor (or Little Sea) which is Europe's largest coastal saltwater lagoon. It is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22 km narrow sandy strip known La Manga.
City of Murcia
The city of Murcia, is one of the most popular destinations in this region. It is an ideal Spanish city for those who want to explore the Capital of the region. Located about 50km from Alicante, the city has some beautiful architecture to see. The main sites in the city include the cathedral on Plaza Cardinal Belluga & The Palacio Episcopa which are a mixture Gothic to Baroque styles.
Other cities of interest include Caravaca, Cartagena & Mazarron depending on how far you wish to travel and you will some information on these cities below.
Caravaca is the Capital of the northwest Region of Murcia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is dominated by the medieval Castle and contains several convents and a fine parish church. In addition Caravaca is home to many monuments and museums, many of which are important tourist attractions. The hills which extend to the north are rich in marble and iron and the town is a considerable industrial centre, with large iron-works, tanneries and paper, chocolate and oil factories.
Cartagena is a historic Roman city guarded by a castle mounted above the port. The port area is always bustling with boats with a roman style promenade commencing the start to this great city. The city is always alive with people, coffee shops and tapas bars and has a number of tourist attractions that can never be seen on a single trip. There are many ancient and interesting buildings including the town hall and narrow streets with medieval churches and even a Roman amphitheatre.
Mazarron is set in a wide bay that opens up into the Mediterranean and has a coastline of 35 km. It has two important urban centres; the port and the town, five kilometres from the coast. As the result of its rich history, the streets of Mazarron contain interesting monuments. Of special interest are its Town Hall and the Former Cultural Centre. Further out there are a number of tourist towers to visit. Other attractions include the beach and harbour/marina.