Murcia is one of Spain’s richest comunidades, known fondly as Europe’s orchard or huerta due to it’s long history of agriculture production. Situated in the south east of Spain, the region is often referred to as the Costa Cálida (Warm Coast). The coastline on the Meditaranen stretches over 200km with mile after mile of sandy beaches, the cruise liner port at Cartegena many fishing villages. The northern end of this coastline includes the Mar Menor (Lesser Sea), a coastal saltwater lagoon which at around 170 km2 is Europe's largest. The Mar Menor is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22 km-long spit of land called La Manga, on which most of the tourism development for the region has been constructed. The north of the region is a large producer of wines, especially in Jumilla, Yecla and Bullas. Olive oil also widely produced and exported from the region. The capital city, Murcia, sits between the flat plains stretching down to the Meditaranean coast and the majestic hills in the north of the region.
Weather and climate
Murcia experiences a semi-arid climate with relatively low humidity making an ideal place for those who suffer aches and pains in damp climates. The average annual temperature is 18ºC with hot summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring. Rainfall never lasts for prelonged periods over days. When it does rain, it mainly comes in heavy bursts lasting no more than a few hours.
Spring is often seen as the best time of the year. At the beginning of the season, the average temperature is 21 ºC rising to 28 ºC in May.
Throughout summer the region is hot with some days reaching over 40ºC in July and August. On average the season hits around 34ºC with mild humidity. June is pleasant the average daily temperature is around 31ºC.
Usually autumn is milder and has slightly heavier rainfall. Between October and December, it is the wettest time of the year. The temperatures vary between 22ºC and 25ºC.
Murcia is quite mild with lots of blue sky days. It is not unkown to be dining outdoors at Christmas. January and February are the coldest months, with an average minimum temperature of 7 ºC and an average maximum of 17 ºC.
People and population
The population of the region ia about 1.4 million of whom around one third live in the captial city (Murcia). The city is the 7th largest in Spain. The locals are very friendly and welcoming. When you take some time to get to know them, they love to entertain with family and friends, especially on the numerous fiesta days in the region.