Murcia on the Costa Calida in Spain

Being the capital of the Murcia region Murcia City is a lively and active area. Many things to see and visit in this part of Spain having many local festivals and its several worth a visit baroque churches.

 

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A small round of white, medium-textured pasteurised goats milk cheese, made using the milk of the Spanish Murciana Goat.
The natural rind is dipped twice during the ripening process in red wine, so that the cheese absorbs the fruity, slightly spicy flavour and aroma of the wine and also gives it its nickname of the 'Drunken Goat'!
Best drunk with a young red wine to complement the winey flavour of the cheese
With its own Denomination of Origin from Murcia as a mark of its quality

 



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WELCOME TO MURCIA

Murcia-Spain-CityMurcia is a sizable city (according to Spanish average) with 439,000 inhabitants by 2009, ranking seventh in Spain.  It's located in southeastern Spain, inland but not far from the coast.  It's mainly a services city and an important university town.

Murcia is known for its Huerta and its famous products (fruits and vegetables) exported all over Spain and Europe, its folklore (mainly based around its Huerta), its festivals and its several baroque churches.  It's the capital of the Murcia region, one of the seventeen autonomous communities in which Spain is divided into. 
Ideal place to stay in Murcia

Pension Segura Murcia

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Pension Segura 1.3 km from Murcia city centre Spanish Holidays  Costa Calida
Score from 190 reviews: Very good 8

The good-value Segura Guest House has a 24-hour reception desk and a small gift shop. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in the café, or visit nearby bars and restaurants in the city centre.

Rooms at the Segura are cosy and functional. They all include central heating, TV and a private bathroom.

Murcia’s historic centre is a 2-minute walk from the guest house. Murcia Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens are just 300 metres away. Free public parking can be found nearby.

Hotel Rooms: 14

Murcia city itself is typically Spanish but a little cosmopolitan, it is more of a peaceful place to live:  lots of safe, pedestrian streets, large green areas, very kind people, and neither too quiet nor too busy.  Since it's placed inland, Murcia tends to be calm during the holiday season when people move to the coast, and lively during the school year, especially since it is a university town.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND MURCIA

For a good view of Murcia and the surrounding valley, the best place to go is El Valle or the La Fuensanta Sanctuary, both of them in the mountains behind the city.

Moorish-CastleAnother place that shouldn't be missed is the Moorish castle on top of the Monteagudo mountain that can be seen from almost anywhere in Murcia.  It was converted to Christianity by placing an "open arms" image of Christ on the top.

Also, you can visit interesting museums such as one dedicated to the great sculptor Salzillo, who made most of the pasos that are used in the Easter Holy week (Semana Santa).  His polychromed wood bodies of angels, biblical personalities and virgins, with faces and hands carved of wood, are simply alive!  Don't miss the Belen de Salzillo, a fine reproduction of the story of the birth of Jesus made of small sculptures.  Or The Cathedral (baroque front, gothic interiors).

Hotel Arco De San Juan   0.9 km from Murcia city centre
Housed in a restored Neoclassical Palace, this modern hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free bicycle use. It is located in central Murcia, 250 metres from Murcia Cathedral.
Score from 431 reviews: Very good 8.3 Spanish Holidays  Costa Calida Murcia

 Another favorite area for holiday makers and golfers in particular is

La Torre Golf Resort Polaris World for that Spanish Golfing Holiday Spanish Holidays  Costa Calida Murcia area

La Torre Golf Resort Polaris World for that Spanish Golfing Holiday

La Torre is an excellent location for holidays all the year round, with Murcia and the Costa Cálida enjoying 320 days of sunshine and average temperatures of 21º C. The grand entrance to the resort is lined with palm trees, water features and benches.Costa Calida

 

 

 

La Manga Holidays

Murcia has a lot of beautiful beaches.  Some of them are still virgin territory, like those between Mazarron and Aguilas, whilst others are very busy places in summer, like La Manga, a strip of land that separates the Mediterranean from a small inland "minor sea" (Mar Menor).La Manga Holidays on the Costa Calida

 

Another place that shouldn't be missed is the Moorish castle on top of the Monteagudo mountain that can be seen from almost anywhere in Murcia.  It was converted to Christianity by placing an "open arms" image of Christ on the top.

Also, you can visit interesting museums such as one dedicated to the great sculptor Salzillo, who made most of the pasos that are used in the Easter Holy week (Semana Santa).  His polychromed wood bodies of angels, biblical personalities and virgins, with faces and hands carved of wood, are simply alive!  Don't miss the Belen de Salzillo, a fine reproduction of the story of the birth of Jesus made of small sculptures.  Or The Cathedral (baroque front, gothic interiors).

The salt flats in San Pedro del Pinatar down on the coast, form the most important wetlands in the entire region.and are well worth a visit

Regional Park San Pedro del Pinatar
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A visit to the Parque Regional Salinas de San Pedro in Murcia.The salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar:

Regional Park San Pedro del Pinatar

The salt flats in San Pedro del Pinatar form the most important wetlands in the entire region.
They were declared National Park in 1985. Every year flocks of flamingos and other migratory birds nest here and use this national space as their connection between Africa and Europe. San Pedro del Pinatar lies at the northern most end of the Mar Menor and is the first town in Murcia after you cross the border from the Valencian region. To access the park take the exit sign posted San Pedro playas from the roundabout decorated with a fishing boat on the N332.

Fortuna Spa Baths are well woth a visit and a lot of people tend to stay over for the night in Fortuna.http://spain-info.co.uk/spa-towns-index/fortuna-spa-baths/

Fortuna Coat of Arms
Fortuna is a spa town to the northeast of Murcia near the border of the province. Famous for its hot springs which were greatly appreciated by the Romans, Fortuna is fast becoming popular once again as the town becomes an important centre for hydrotherapy, beauty treatments and other therapies associated with the natural hot mineral water baths.

 

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GASTRONOMY IN MURCIA

The region of Murcia serves authentic Mediterranean cooking:  cereals, vegetables and olive oil are the base of this cuisine, which finds its source of inspiration in the market garden - natural, authentic, tasty and with a character all of its own.  The roasts, salted fish, fish and shellfish from the Mar Menor are equally appreciated.  However, the Region of Murcia is also well-known for its rice, sausages, preserved foods, nuts, aromatic plants, fruit and confectionery.

 Local StewThe most important ingredient used in Murcian cuisine is the vegetable.  Vegetables are found in nearly every dish.  Fresh broad beans are fried with onion;  dry broad beans are cooked in the famous "michirones" (ham and chorizo stews); sweet young garlic is present in nearly every casserole or can be served with scrambled eggs, with lightly fried onion and tomato and chard or in a potato omlette; thistle in almond sauce; "zarangollo" (pumpkin, onion and tomato);  sweet broad beans to accompany salted meat, fish or sausage as a starter or side dish;  artichokes with pine nuts;  roast pepper salad;  cauliflower, green beans, artichokes and peppers... are vital ingredients to prepare the typical rice and vegetable dish, a must for all visitors to Murcia.

 

Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary,Murcia, Spain

 Travel form Cartagena to Murcia, first stop La Fuensanta...the Sanctuary of the Patron Saint of Murcia. For a good view of Murcia and the surrounding valley, the best place to go is El Valle or the La Fuensanta Sanctuary, both of them in the mountains behind the city

Moorish-Castle

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