The Region of Murcia

The Region of Murcia is an autonomous community of Spain located in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Mediterranean coast. The region is centered on a historical region of the same name in what is now southeastern Spain. It is heir to the ancient Kingdom of Murcia, which traditionally included, as a bi-provincial region, the provinces of Albacete and Murcia.

The city of Murcia is the capital of the region and the seat of the regional government, but the legislature, known as the Regional Assembly of Murcia, is located in Cartagena. The region is subdivided into municipalities.

The region is among Europe’s largest producers of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with important vineyards in the municipalities of Jumilla, Bullas, and Yecla that produce wines of Denominación de origen.

Main attractions

Notable features of the region’s extensive cultural heritage include 72 cave art ensembles, which are part of the rock art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin, a World Heritage Site. Other culturally significant features include the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the tamboradas (drumming processions) of Moratalla and Mula, which were declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. The region is also the home of Caravaca de la Cruz, a holy city in the Catholic Church that celebrates the Perpetual Jubilee every seven years in the Santuario de la Vera Cruz.

Architecture and places of interest

The city of Murcia and its attractions

Mula and its Tamborada festival

Cehegín – a Historic-Artistic Site

Caravaca de la Cruz and its heritage

Moratalla has the largest set of Mediterranean rock art in the Region of Murcia

Lorca – the city of 100 shields

Castle Palace of the Viscount of Ros and its history

The castle of Santa Catalina del Monte

Monteagudo Castle

Mar Menor – a coastal saltwater lagoon

Sea resorts (Costa Calida)

 

San Pedro del Pinatar

Santiago de la Ribera

Los Alcázares

La Manga del Mar Menor

Cartagena

Mazarrón

Calabardina

Águilas

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