Murcia Travel Guide, Spain
Murcia Travel Guide – Climate and Geography
Murcia is located in south-eastern Spain and is known as the City of Sun. The river Segura crosses the city from west to east, forming the huerta of Murcia in the surrounding areas, which is a very fertile plain. The natural landmark of the city is its orchard, which dominates the whole municipality. In spite of the low altitudes that surround the city, there are quite a few steep valleys and hills in the nearby areas, as well as some arid rock formations. This is mostly due to the climate, as summers in Murcia are very hot and dry, while in winter the city sometimes witnesses quite heavy frosts. The average temperature in summer is 30 degrees during the day and 20 during the night, while in winter it can drop down to 4 degrees at nighttime. The highest recorded temperature in 20th century Spain was 47.2 degrees and it happened in Murcia on July 4, 1994. Also, precipitations are very scarce mainly because of the heavy Mediterranean climate influences.
Murcia Travel Guide – Population and Economy
According to the 2008 census, Murcia has a population of 433.000 and its metropolitan area has 743.000 inhabitants. This makes it the seventh biggest municipality in Spain but, due to its extensive territory, the population density is not so high. Murcia’s economy is based on agriculture and they mostly grow tomatoes and lettuce. This area is also a very important supplier of oranges and lemons which are exported in the whole of Europe. The British have invested a lot in the area, and Northern Europe residents have their second homes there, a process which is known as “residential tourism”. Murcia Airport (MJV) is located 45 km southeast of the town itself, so Alicante Airport, situated in the nearby Valencia Community, is a frequent alternative choice among travelers.
Murcia Travel Guide – Culture and Leisure
Murcia’s biggest annual cultural event takes place during the Holy Week, when processions are organized throughout the city with sculptures made by Francisco Salzillo. They portray the events related to the Crucifixion and are usually kept in museums, but during the procession they are carried on the streets in an elegant and beautiful ceremony. Right after the Holy Week the people from Murcia put their party clothes on and celebrate two other traditions, the Bando de la Huerta (Huerta parade) and the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the sardine). There are two public universities and one private one, the Saint Anthony Catholic University. Murcia is famous for its bullfights, fairs and congresses, as well as for its museums and theatres, all making it an ideal holiday destination.