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Getting to Know Murcia

After landing at the mouth of the Ebro Scipio’s conquest of the vast area of Carthago Nova (New Carthage) in 209 BC led to the definitive expansion of what had already become an important political and economic centre in the Mediterranean.

 

After landing at the mouth of the Ebro Scipio’s conquest of the vast area of Carthago Nova (New Carthage) in 209 BC led to the definitive expansion of what had already become an important political and economic centre in the Mediterranean.

 Covering 2.2% of the total surface area of Spain and positioned between the regions of Valencia, Castile La Mancha and Andalusia, Murcia occupies an area of 11,317 km2. Bordered to the North by the province of Albacete and Alicante in the East, with the provinces of Granada and Almeria in the West. The South-East sector of the Murcia region is taken up by the Mediterranean Sea.

Of the seventeen autonomous communities in Spain, Murcia is ranked ninth in size and is at the centre of the Spanish Mediterranean Coastal Arch.

In the beginning the conquering Romans initiated a period of uninterrupted growth that lasted for over 600 years bringing agricultural and mining prosperity. Already at this time the market garden produce from the area irrigated by the River Thader (now known as the Rio Segura) was highly prized, along with the rich off-shore fishing grounds.

After the Romans.

Following the demise of the Roman Empire, starting in 713 AD a long period of Arab domination followed and in 825 AD the City of Murcia (in Arabic Mursiyah) was officially founded by the emir of Cordoba Abderraman II. Several events occurring under Arab rule saw the onset of further Murcian prosperity. They initiated large scale expansions in the irrigation of the Rio Segura basin using systems of canals, waterways, dams and water-wheels.

Through the centuries the region has had its share of highs and lows, Murcia has seen wars, internal strife, political disorders  droughts, epidemics and plagues.

Periods of high cultural achievement and periods of industrialisation, there is quite a list for the historians out there to consider.

During the twentieth century Murcia has had a steady growth in population, but  accurate acounting methods were only introduced in 1976.

Today Murcia is a region of net demographic influx with inter-provincial exchanges between it neighbours, Alicante, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia and others.

 

However, special mention must be made of the importance of the increase in foreign migration from people across Europe who have chosen the region of Murcia as the ideal place to spend their retirement or to purchase a second property taking time to enjoy this exceptional environment in privileged surroundings. 

 

The Mediterranean semi-arid sub tropical climate of hot summers and mild winters give the region an average temperature of 18c. Between 120-150 clear sky days per year provide around 2,800 hours of sunshine, rain is rare with approximately a little over 300mm per annum, summer is predominantly a dry event. That said there are from time time some weather events that can lead to the area getting the annual amount of rain in a matter of days.

 Today modern Murcia has 447,182 inhabitants (2018) which accounts for around one third of the population of the region. Now mainly a services city and University town, highlights for visitors include the Cathedral of Murcia, works of art by the famous sculptor Fransisco Salzillo, several baroque buildings and of course the renowned local cuisine. Still today with its long traditions of fruit, vegetable and flower production and exportation the city as the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia retains the name ‘the orchard of Europe’.

The Murcian region promotes active tourism with a policy of combining leisure with nature, across the region there are many ways to become involved in all kinds of sports.

The extensive coastline offers all kind water based activities. Should the visitor travel inland    they will find wide ranges of routes that can be explored on foot, mountain bike or on horseback for the more adventurous.

Historical-Archeological sites are in abundance, sports including climbing, trekking and rafting are all to be found in various sites throughout the area.

 

How to get around By Plane

The region of Murcia International Airport RMU (Corvera) is 14 miles from the city centre, it operates several international and domestic routes.

 

By Bus or Tram

Interurban services are provided by LatBus, urban routes are serviced by a new operator Transportes de Murcia and UTE.

Murcia also has a good tram system that connects the University campus and different areas around the city including the sports stadium.

 

By Train

As you would expect of a modern city links to all neighbouring towns and cities are easily accessed and the network includes connections for destinations further away.   

With modern transit networks and good connectivity the City and the Region of Murcia is just waiting to enjoyed and explored.

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