Review of the historic city of Murcia, Costa Calida, Spain.
Spanish Cities - Murcia
Murcia is a city and region in south-eastern Spain situated on the River Segura, the city has a population of 409,810 (2005) and the municipality approximately 563,000.
Murcia lies in a low fertile plain which is an important agricultural area for the region and for Spain in general.
Famous for its Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, better known as Murcia Cathedral which dates from the 14th Century. Murcia enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters although frost sometimes occurs in the city itself. Rainfall is low with generally less than 200mm per year.
Murcia was originally settled by the Iberians and later by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. It was the Moors who introduced irrigation systems which enabled the land to be cultivated.
Murcia is one of the most historical and beautiful cities in Spain and places to visit include the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace (18th Century), the Convent Church of Santa Ana, the Almudi (17th Century) and the University of Murcia.