About the Murcia Province
Murcia was one of the less well-known regions of Spain. It has become a more popular region in the past decade because property prices were a great deal cheaper than its better-known costal neighbours. Although this price differential has somewhat lessened as transport links and infrastructure has improved, Murcia still provides great value and is relatively unspoilt.
Murcia is both a province and region of Spain. It is located in South Eastern Spain and is bordered by Almeria, Alicante, Albacete and Granada. Murcia is historically one of the most fertile regions of Spain. Although the climate is arid the Moors brought with them (in the 8th century) irrigated agriculture which is what makes the region the biggest producer of fruits, vegetables and flowers in Europe to this day.
The region boasts beautiful mountain regions, forested areas, fertile plains and a spectacular coastline. It has the largest natural lake in Spain and the largest saltwater lake in Europe, which is protected by UNESCO designation.
Over the last few decades, tourism and construction in the area have increased as contributors to the local economy. Agriculture, food production and canning still remain significant contributors although issues with being able to sustain irrigation levels with the increase in tourism and construction have proved problematic. Other sectors that provide significant income in the region are pharmaceuticals, petro-chemicals and shipbuilding.
The region has a Mediterranean/arid climate with mild winters and warm summers. In fact, Murcia holds the record for the hottest temperatures recorded in Spain. Average rainfall is from 200-300mm per year.
By Car - Murcia is easily accessible by car and is served by major routes from Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona.
By Rail - You can pick up a train to Murcia from Madrid. It is not part of the high-speed network and takes approx. 5 hours.
By Bus - Euroline and Alsa both service the Murcia region from many destinations right across Europe and the rest of Spain.
By Ferry - N/A.
By Air - Murcia has an International airport that has connections internal cities as well as flights to and from the UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia.
|Population: approx. 1,446,109||Capital: Murcia|
|Spanish Residents: 86%||Area: 11,313 km2|
|Climate: Mediterranean/Arid||Languages: Spanish|