Murcia is the capital city of the province of Murcia, located in the Southeast of Spain. The Province is located next to five other provinces of Spain including Alicante, Almeria and Granada to name a few. The city and province offer many activities including great beaches, restaurants and bars and many activities for all your friends and family.
Very much like the region of Alicante the population of the area has increased rapidly compared to the rest of Spain as many foreigners find that Murcia is the ideal place to settle down or have a second home. This means the population has grown more than a third since 2000. Murcia is the biggest city within the province with Cartagena being the second largest with over 200,000 people living there.
The province itself has over 200 kilometres of picturesque coastlines and coves. One of the most beautiful areas of Murcia is La Manga and Mar Menor, which is Europe’s biggest salt lagoon. In these areas you will find a lot of opportunities to participate in a mixed range of water sports.
The region also has a rich history. Over the years the area has transitioned through many different periods including the Neanderthal and Neologic periods as well as the Iron ages. The Province has also seen a lot of different settlers including Greek and Phoenecian settlers. The area has modernised beautifully leaving many beautiful relics of its pass including the Roman theatre and the main Cathedral in Murcia.
The province of Murcia is very well connected to the other surrounding provinces as well as the rest of Spain. You can travel to the city’s and provinces of Albacete, Alicante and Grenada very easily. The province of Murcia is especially connected with many key routes including the A-30, AP-7 and the E-15 motorways. There are also many bus routes from city to city.
Murcia the city
Murcia is the capital of the province of the same name. The city itself has a population of almost 450,000 people, which is a quarter of the whole population of the province. Throughout the city there is many historic monuments and buildings and many wonderful parks, where you can take walks or your morning runs.
The city is located around 50-60 kilometres inland with the closest beaches being either near the city of Cartagena or the city of San Javier and Mar Manor. There are also many other points of interest around the city, including the Cathedral, many museums and historical landmarks.
Nearby Activities and Points of Interest
One of the key areas of Murcia is the Cathedral located in the centre of the city. This catholic cathedral has been located here since the 14th century and is an amazing piece of architecture. There are also many historic landmarks around the city of Murcia. One of these landmarks is the old jail (Carcel Vieja) located beside the Circle Plaza in the city. The city also boasts many museums, such as the science museum and the visitor centre La Muralla. There are also many theatres around the city, a zoo and a casino. Plenty for all the family. Shopping is also a key feature of this city, with many shopping centres dotted around the city.
If you would like to venture out to other towns and cities of Murcia, they also have a host of activities and points of interests. In the nearby town of Molina de Segura there is a beautiful park, we recommend visiting. It is called the Parque de La Compania. There are also a few museums within this town. Nearby the city of Murcia there are two nature reserves. There is the Parque Regional Sierra de la Pila and Sierra Espuna. Both parks offer great walking and climbing routes over the Picturesque mountain landscapes.
Throughout he province there are many opportunities to play a range of sports. You can learn how to dive and take part in other water sports at the coast and near the Mar Manor. The area is also famous for amount of golf courses it has. You will never be far from a golf course, so the area is perfect for the keen golfer. There are also many companies within Murcia that allows you to experience adrenaline sports such as hang-gliding and paragliding.
There are also many theme parks around the city and further afield. These are great for all your friends and family. There is also the Terra Natura water park.
Throughout the region, there are many general hospitals and medical centres. So, you are never far from getting yourself patched up for when an accident happens. Overall there are 3 general hospitals in the city of Murcia and one in Molina de Segura. There are also several private and university hospitals. Throughout the region there are many police stations. Within the city of Murcia there are around 10 police stations altogether including a headquarters. There are also many stations in the cities of Cartagena and San Javier.
In the region of Murcia there are many universities. There is the University of Murcia located within the city and the University of Cartagena located in the port city. The university of Murcia have many different faculty’s including a university dedicated towards mathematics and one dedicated to social work. There are also many schools within the region ranging from public to private schools.
The climate in the Murcia region is a typical Mediterranean climate. During the summer months the area can expect to reach temperatures in the mid 30’s and can potential reach 40 degrees. During the winter month, you can expect temperatures to be mild, falling to temperatures in the range of between 5-15 degrees. The average temperature would be round 11 degrees for this time of year with a yearly average temperature of 18 degrees. The warmest month is August and the coolest month January with the wettest months being October an April.
When you get closer to the sea and the coat you can expect cooler temperatures due to a sea breeze coming from the Mediterranean but overall the temperature shouldn’t fall short of 10 degrees.