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|Travelling Around Murcia Spain
The Autonomous Province of Murcia in Spain is easily found on
the map because it touches borderlines with Alicante on the
Costa Blanca passing through Torrevieja and you will know that
you are in the region of Murcia because you will be surprised by
the beautiful scenery of the salt swamps at San Pedro del
Pinatar. Its capital city has the same name as the province and
within its boundaries, it has a sea or lagoon called the Mar
Menor ( or small sea) separated from the Mediterranean by the so
called Manga, a sandy stretch of land which looks like a sleeve
( literal translation of the Spanish word manga). It then curves
around a peak and the all so important city of Cartagena comes
into view and lastly, when you are almost leaving this province
you have a fantastic beach resort area and city called Aguilas.
This Spanish region has got very hot summers, many a day
reaching temperatures as high as 40 degrees and the winters are
mild and short. It is usually described as having a very arid
landscape on the inlands but has managed to be known to have
fertile land for growing vegetables and legumes.
There is evidence that Mursiya, as it was called when it was an
Islamic city, dates back to 831 AD when it was founded by
Abderraman II. It had suffered and had lost a lot of prestige,
but made a come back with the arab domain, becoming the capital
in the basin of the Segura River. Let's get to Murcia and then
we'll see Either a quick flight into the airport of San Javier
which is about a 30 minutes drive from the city of Murcia right
near the Manga in the Mar menor or flying into the Alicante
airport of the Altet, about a 40 minutes drive to the city, your
hotel will be awaiting you. As every visit requires, we will
soak up some architecture and culture before delving into the
modern day happening, nightlife and good food.
The Cathedral, dating back between the 14th and the 18th century
is a potpourri of more than five centuries of different styles
of architecture; the Baroque carved art on the front door of
Pardon, the Gothic Chapel of Velez, The Renaissance Chapel
called Junteron and the emblematic Tower measuring 96 metres
tall with 25 bells.
The Sanctuary of Fuensanta ( the good saint ) from the 18th
century found on the outskirts, is the patron saint of Murcia.
The slender figure of this saint is
carried around in a
procession from the sanctuary to the cathedral among a very
devote crowd at Easter and during the Murcia festival in summer.
The Museum of Science and Water is an interactive one installed
together with the Segura River and has been developed around the
idea of water, an important and vital element in our everyday
lives. There is a kids' planetarium, the Science Square where
experiments are demonstrated, modules of perception, temporary
exhibitions and thematic shows. Party time and good food in
Murcia There are two great festivities which have been declared
of national touristic interest so that your visit to Murcia
could be greatly highlighted, During Easter week with the
processions and Easter Sunday, and the Spring festivals. In the
summer there are all kinds of music festivals and this year
2005, the XI edition of the Sea of Music festival will be held
from July 1st to the 23rd in Cartagena.
There are two special countries which will be present, Turkey on
July 15th with Mercan Dede and othrs and Brazil with special
artists like Chico Cesar and Ray Lema on the 16th. But if you
miss it this year, you know that it is held every year!
The Murcia region has one of the best irrigated lands for
cultivating vegetables and legumes. This can be tasted if trying
kale slowly fried in olive oil, rice with kidney beans, spinach
and chick pea stew and the most popular of all - meat pie.
Having the sea nearby, they also make good use of the angler or
sea bass as well as exquisite prawns and crawfish. To accompany
such fine cuisine, some wine from either Jumilla, a red wine
from Bullas or a rose from Yecla. And to finish off, sweets made
But do not be lazy and take a drive in your car rental and head
for the beaches in the Manga, where incredible luxury hotels and
golfing resorts are at your full availablitity. Or further up
the coast, enjoying the Costa Blanca of Alicante and maybe a
quick spin to Calpe, you can make your holiday stay to Murcia
About the author:
Erica Bosworth is a successful author and regular contributor to
m. She is mostly focusing on the area around
Murcia and the Costa Blanca region.