Located in the southeast of Spain, the Region of Murcia is characterized by its mild temperatures and its many hours of sun. Here, as in a small continent, a variety of environments and landscapes offer countless possibilities to the visitor. Beaches, rural environments, cities, traditions, folklore, culture, sports and health mix together in a dynamic and active touristic offer.
The city of Murcia, the capital of the region, is the perfect place to walk around. You may walk down streets like Trapería and Platería, which remain of the city’s old guild system; or down the Malecón, a flood retaining wall, one of the landmark walkways of Murcia. As well as visiting Santa Maria’s Cathedral or the Episcopal Palace, the capital of the region invites to stroll around their churches and museums, among which the one dedicated to the famous sculptor Francisco Salzillo stands out. Having some tapas outdoors on any of the many terraces scattered across the city is the ideal way to know and taste the typical gastronomy of Murcia.
Cartagena, a city founded by the Romans over 3000 years ago, leads the visitor on a journey through the history of Punic and Roman times to present. The city’s architectural jewel is undoubtedly the Roman Theather and Museum, one of the largest Roman theatres in Spain, whose restoration project has been carried out by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo. The best way to know this historic city is to visit any of the attractions of the Puerto de Culturas, a walk through Cartagena’s Punic, Roman, military and art nouveau periods.
Overlooked by its ancient medieval castle, the “Fortaleza del Sol”, the Baroque town of Lorca was declared an area of ‘Historical and Artistic Interest’ in 1964. Amongst the most notable sights and buildings, the Plaza de España, the Ex-Collegiate Church of San Patricio, and the Guevara Palace will leave visitors in no doubt as to the reason to visit Lorca.
The Region’s coastline is watered by two calm, crystal water seas, the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. In this area, known as the Costa Cálida (“Warm Coast”), visitors can practise water sports all year round. The Sailing Station of the Mar Menor is the ideal setting for learning, practising and enjoying water sports like sailing, canoeing, surf and ski-surf. Those who prefer to dive in the Mediterranean will find some of the most impressive underwater landscapes in the towns of Cabo de Palos, Águilas and Mazarrón. There are beaches for all tastes, from the long, calm sandy beaches of the Mar Menor to practically unaltered paradises such as Calblanque, Calnegre or Bolnuevo. A more abrupt coastline, with unspoilt caves alternating with fine sand beaches, is found in the towns of Mazarrón and Águilas.
Another way of exploring the Region of Murcia is through its beautiful countryside. Protected natural spaces like Sierra Espuña and other areas of great ecological value in the northwest and northeast corners of the region, as well as in Cieza and the Ricote Valley, offer undreamed-of discovery routes and a wide variety of outdoor activities in an unspoilt rural environment.
The visitors will be able to regain strength and relax into the pleasure of a healthy bath at any of the spas, bathing resorts, and thalassotherapy centres in Archena, Fortuna or San Pedro del Pinatar.
Murcia is also renowned for its rich and varied cuisine as well as for its fine wines. The major wine growing areas are Jumilla, Bullas and Yecla, all of which have a long tradition of winemaking.
Finally, a calendar full of festivities offers the visitor numerous opportunities to celebrate, mix with people, and enjoy the culture and the past history of this jovial and hospitable people.