Murcia is a region in Spain associated with the self ruling community of Murcia and also the province of Murcia. This is a Spanish Mediterranean region that has grown the fastest during the past few years. This is mainly down to the building boom of hotels, services and other mass tourist traps. In recent years, Murcia has been promoting and trying to boost its potential as more of a cultural destination due to the historical cities like Murcia, Lorca and Cartagena.
Murcia is one of the bigger cities in Spain, with 439,000 inhabitants, ranking it 7th in Spain. It is situated inland in southeastern Spain but it is not too far from the coast. Murcia houses a university and has a big student community. Murcia is known for its Huerta and its famous produce like fruit and vegetables, which are exported all over Spain and Europe. You can see many festivals and several baroque churches here.
Murcia City is typically Spanish and not very cosmopolitan. It is a beautiful place to visit if you are looking for something different to the more common areas of Spain. Murcia is a more peaceful place to live with lots of safe pedestrian streets, with very kind people and lots of green areas. During the holiday season, Murcia remains calm, since it’s placed inland, as more people move to the coast for the beaches. Being a university town, it is lively during the school year.
One of the most famous things about Murcia is its vegetables. The neighbors in Cartagena call the residents of Murcia "green stomach".
One place that shouldn’t be missed during your visit to Murcia is the Moorish castle which is on top of the Monteagudo mountain and can be seen from almost anywhere in Murcia.
It was converted from Muslim to Christian by placing an "open arms" image of Christ on the top of it. You can park at the bottom of the mountain and then walk up to the top. You can even touch Jesus’ feet and toes, which are actually bigger than footballs!
Not forgetting, Murcia has a lot of beautiful beaches and some of them still unspoilt, like the ones between Mazarron and Aguilas.
Murcia is served by San Javier Airport, and has many international flights from Bergen, Belfast, Blackpool, Birmingham, Brussels, Bristol, Edinburgh, Dublin, Helsinki, Exeter, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Newcastle, Oslo, Nottingham, Southampton, Trondheim and Stavanger. Domestic flights are also available from Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona
Alicante Airport is only an hour away and has a much larger choice of both domestic and international flights, including many low cost airlines.