With around 1.5 million inhabitants, Murcia is one of the smaller regions of Spain in terms of both surface area and population. Nevertheless, this region is certainly worth a visit. Murcia is located in the South-East of Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea.
The capital is the provincial town of the same name, Murcia, the seventh-largest city in Spain. The region is called the Spanish area of the sun, sea and beach for a reason.
Here you will find a beautiful unspoilt coast, Costa Cálida (the warm coast), pleasant seaside towns and old towns. And unlike the immensely popular Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, this area has not yet been discovered by mass tourism.
The Costa Cálida lives up to its name, even in winter it is beautiful in this region with temperatures of around twenty degrees. In the summer the mercury quickly rises above 30. The chance of precipitation is low, and the sun security is high all year round. It also means that the sea temperature is generally relatively warm. Along the coast, there are several long beaches and intimate bays where you can go to the water.
In the north, you will find the Mar Menor inland sea with the seaside town of La Manga on the headland between Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the place to enjoy beach life and water sports. Due to the high salt content of Mar Menor, you will also find a few spas here.
The coast in the south of the region is more erratic and unspoiled. Here, on the Golfo de Mazarrón, you will find cliffs. Nevertheless, there are also beach towns and beaches here. Especially the beach at Bolneuvo, with beautifully eroded rocks, is recommended. The tourist resort of Águilas marks the border with Andalusia. If you do not care about facilities, the Calblanque Regional Park, with its pristine beaches, is a must.
The most important city of the region is the capital city of Murcia. This lively university city was founded in 825 by the Emir of Cordoba. Around the old city centre, there are several beautiful historical sights to be found, with the 15th-century cathedral at the heart of the city. Near the temple is the Real Casino Murcia. Despite the name, this is not a gambling hall, but a social meeting place from Moorish times. This beautiful building is a must-see when you visit Murcia.
The city of Lorca is also worth a visit for its many Moorish influences. For the remains of Roman antiquity, the port city of Cartagena is a must. Here you will find, among many other sights, a complete Roman amphitheatre. The accompanying Museo del Teatro Romano is also recommended for lovers of antiquity. In Cartagena, you will also find the modern underwater archaeology museum ARQUA.
Hiking in Murcia
Murcia is also a paradise for hiking. The Sierra de Espuña and the Rícote Valley are among the most beautiful and unspoilt nature reserves in Spain. Through the many hiking trails in these areas, you can enjoy yourself here for days. Visit the small villages here, where pottery, the traditional craft of the region, is still used a lot.