The region of Murcia on the Mediterranean Sea is one of the 19 Autonomous Communities of Spain. Its neighbours are Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha and Alicante. The capital of the Community is Murcia and other places of interest are Cartagena, Aguila, Totana, Mazarron and Lorca as well as the small seaside villages of San Pedro del Pinatar and San Javier. The province has a surface area of 11.317m² with approximately 1,2 million inhabitants and it is one of the smallest Communities in the country. It has a coastline of more than 110km. In Murcia you can find different extremes: Mountains formed during the Ice Age with their moonlike landscape, wild prairies, densely populated villages and cities as well as a green coast with white sand beaches.
The capital, Murcia City, is beautiful and full of history. One of the most important sights is the cathedral, which was constructed in several phases between the 14th and 18th century.
The city of Cartagena offers remains of the middle ages and the Byzantine Empire. In the old town, while admiring the Byzantine wall (Muralla bizantina), you can travel back in time to the 6th century and imagine yourself the Cartagena of that time. If you are interested in the history of navigation, visit the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Submarina. On the ancient border between Andalucía and Murcia stands the Lorca fortress, rising above the motorway E-15 / A-7. Lorca is famous for several battles won by its skilful army. As a frontier city Lorca became an important trading centre and the city even had its own stamp. In San Javier, one of the coastal villages of the Mar Menor area, an international jazz festival is organised every year in July, bringing a lot of tourists to the area.
Have a nice warm bath in the spa complex, originally constructed by the Romans in Fortuna, located in the north of the Murcian region. Here the pleasure of bathing in hot mountain spring water has been possible since the 19th century. The water containing a lot of minerals is conducted to the pools offering you a wide range of different relaxation possibilities. Also worth mentioning is the dining room of the Spa – identical to the dining room of the famous Titanic!
The economy of Murcia is based mainly on agriculture. The numerous fields produce vegetables for most of the European countries. There are also plenty of vineyards in the area located in the south-western part of the Community. The most famous wine cities are Jumilla and Yecla.