Alejandro Seiquer, 4. Murcia.
General information: surface
11.317 km2 . It borders Albacete to the north
, to the east with Alicante and to the west
with Albacete and Almería. Southeast
it meets the Mediterranean Sea. It has dry
climate with hot Summers and mild Winters.
Murcia city is the capital of the region
placed inland in the the valley of the Segura
river . The coastline of Murcia is inside
the so-callled 'Costa Cálida', a coast
with long streches of beaches among which
is the formation of 'Mar Menor'. The 'Manga
del Mar Menor' is a 170 Km2 salt water lake
formation on the coast. It consists of a long
strech of land that varies from 200m to 1,5
Km wide with some channels that connect the
lake to the sea.
Monuments: Gohic cathedral
with an impressive barroque front. Museum
of Salzillo, church of 'San Esteban', church
of 'San Andrés', church of 'Santa Catalina',
convent of 'Santa Clara', convent of 'La Merced'.
Towns of interest:
Aguilas, with its famous
carnival. Cartagena, a city
of glorious past and also an important natural
port founded by the peoples of Carthago in
the 2nd Century b.C.; the city has a great
museum of pre-roman and roman art. The town
of Mazarrón is a well known place for
its beaches. It's the chosen beach area for
many people of the region.
Caravaca de la Cruz is
since 1998, together with Rome, Jerusalen,
Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de
Liébanaes one of the five cities worldwide
where the permanent 'Anno Jubileum' exists.
The town of Lorca and more specifically its
urban center is a monumental area worth seing
for its barroque architecture.
Food: Great natural
products like fruits and vegetables grow in
Murcia. Fish is well cooked 'a la Sal' (with
salt), fish eggs, 'mojamas' 'escabeches',
toasted almonds from the region. Rice is an
important product in local food and you can
eat it with rabitt or vegetables, in paella
or with 'serranas' (snails). There are several
different wines in the region that are popular:
Jumilla, Yecla, Bullas, Ricote, Campo de Cartagena
y Campo de Lorca.