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Sucina - Costa Calida - Spain

Villages to Visit - Sucina: Small, sweet and straight to the point; that is Sucina. The point thus being the epicentre of Spanish life; family, food, saints and siestas. It is located but a short distance from San Javier, perhaps six to eight kilometres; a stone throw away from the airport. You might also find it resembling a fraction of a dot on any up to date map of Spain. Sucina is tiny.

The centre comprises of a church called, ‘Nuestra Señora Del Roasario’ and has recently experienced some physical renovation, due to its age. I dare say the smoothing over of a few cracks and wrinkles, touched up with a lick of paint. On one side of the church, you will find a bank, whilst on the other side, a restaurant. What more could one want or need?

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Two roads up from the church, along a row of tiny, terraced houses dating back to the 18th Century, you will capture the local ‘Panaderia,’ other wise known as the bakery. ‘Pasteles’ or cakes, are made here too. These articles are national treasures only to be scoffed and not scoffed at, as they hold a vital part of Spanish tradition on birthday’s, Saint’s days, (and the good Lord knows that there are many), Sunday’s, in fact, pick a day!

If you are acquainted with Sucina, you will know that it is a tiny town emerging. New houses and resorts are under construction and will remain so for at least another five years. This sleepy little village, is expanding in a circular motion whilst still rubbing its eyes after a very long siesta.

It is said that approximately around the 16th or 17th Century, Murcia’s countryside began to further populate and grow, thus Sucina’s appointment being known as ‘El Pozo de Sucina,’ translated as ‘Sucina’s Well’ and also known as Cañada de Sucina - Sucina’s canyons.

At the awakening of the 18th Century during Murica’s agricultural administrative reign, Sucina was a dependant town within Murcia’s jurisdiction. Shortly thereafter, a local parish in Sucina was formed in 1744 by Don Balthazar Artega y Gamba, with the parish represented by a priest from La Orden de Los Clérigos Menores (The order of the young clergy), called Don Juan Matheo. In 1768, 919 parishioners were recorded in attendance. At the dawn of the 19th century, between the period of 1820-1823, Sucina’s Ayuntamiento was erected. Around this era, construction was under way for the habitants of the town, whereby 50 terraced houses were built including 400 semi detached homes, purely for the towns labourers.

The land in these parts is rather dry with no river or lake to be discovered within its vicinity. Therefore, the only form of re-hydration for the earth is rainwater. Hills can be found strewn from North to South with long valleys running parallel between them, prepared by mother nature, ready for cultivation.

Produce, such as almonds, olives, wheat, artichokes, green beans, melons, lemons and tomatoes are grown here and exported. These products are the main and fundamental agriculture, aiding the town’s economy. Their biggest commercial enterprise being the cultivation, transportation and exportation of almonds. Wildlife such as foul and rabbits are scattered about these lands also claiming this region as their own.

This century, Sucina has born witness to vast changes, from its progressive decline in its population. For example, 1,714 habitants were recorded in 1960. By 1970, figures dropped to 1,005 and further still in 1991 down to a total of 985 people. However, a recount in 1996 disclosed a rise in figures reaching 1054 townsfolk registered and is obviously still rising.

Sucina, for some reason or another has two town halls. The older version of the two is situated deeper in to the old town. Inside, you can find a small theatre and a hairdresser, plus any other relevant information one may wish to know regarding any activities, courses and events, taking pace in Sucina and Murcia. Outside the town hall, there is a play area for children, adorning swings and other contraptions. Meanwhile, along the benches, the older townsfolk seek refuge from the sun under shade of the trees, keeping guard whilst their children play.

A small platform stage can also be found outside the Ayuntamiento, where I gather that the steps of the town hall are utilised as make shift seats, for any outdoor staged events. A few hundred yards, just on the cusp of the town, one may discover the second and newer town hall, with a far more modern feel and almost clinical design. Several meters adjacent, there is a petrol station, a quick reminder before you leave town to fill the tank.

Not forgetting to mention a tobacconist, no town, village or city in Spain would be seen dead without one. On one corner, you will find a kiosk. This is no ordinary kiosk. This little booth, is a pleasure dome for the sugar thespian, myself included, or for the more savoury pallet, crisps, salted popcorn (palomita’s - little doves or pigeons if you prefer) and sunflower seeds.

In the main old town of Sucina, it took me approximately one hour to circulate, stopping several times along the way to take in its atmosphere. During my short trek, I saw a handful of people going about their daily business. Very tranquil, I thought, with ‘tranquilo’ people. I can completely understand why people are rushing to move here.

There is a very warm and receiving ambiance about this town which you would do well to discover. It may not contain a great deal of historical landmarks or features, but it is cosy and yet, I also suspect, an often colourful and vibrant environment, especially during the fiesta season, affirming it’s heart on the map through the veins and hearts of it’s people.

Article provided by kind permission of The Leader Newspaper

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Sucina airport driving distances: Murcia (San Javier) airport to Sucina is a driving distance of 19 kilometres (12 miles), Alicante airport to Sucina is a driving distance of 101 kilometres (63 miles).

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