The Province of Murcia is one of largest and most populated in the whole of Spain. Murcia is the seventh biggest Spanish City with around 500,000 inhabitants in the city alone. This makes up around a third of the population of the whole region.
Province of Murcia
The coastal area of the Costa Calida or “Warm Coast” in English is part of the Province of Murcia. This part of Spain sees millions of visitors every year. There are many popular tourist locations on this Mediterranean coastline. These include, Aguilas, Cartagena, Los Alcazares, Mar Menor and La Manga del Mar Menor.
Murcia is currently serviced by San Javier airport which is around 45 km away from the city centre. Alicante is some 70 km away with the new airport of Corvera only 23 km.
Corvera airport is still not open due to contractual problems and other politics. The plan was to phase the air traffic away from San Javier in favour of Corvera.
Other transportation facilities include buses, trams and a train system run by RENFE. This connects Murcia with Madrid via Albacete. There are many other notable locations within easy reach of this city. These include Valencia, Catalonia, Aguilas and Cartagena.
Attractions & Days Out
Cathedral de Santa Maria in Murcia is the most visited attraction in the city. The initial work started on the Cathedral in 1394 and was completed in 1465.
Over the centuries the Cathedral has undergone many changes to the original structure. This includes the impressive bell tower built between 1521 – 1791 and stands at 300 ft tall.
The interior and exterior of the Cathedral are a mixture of styles which include Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic.
Climate and Weather
Murcia experiences very little rainfall throughout the year. The hot temperature in summer that can reach close to 45 Celsius.
This area is quite arid due to the extreme heat in summer. It’s not uncommon for a whole years worth of rainfall in a few days. The highest temperature here was 47.2 C in July 1994. One of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in southern Europe.
Generally, the coldest month is January when the temperature is between 8 – 10 Celsius. The hottest month, like most of Spain is in August when the thermometer can exceed 40 C.