Murcia is the seventh largest city in Spain and is located on the Segura River in the south east of the Iberian peninsula. It is noted for its mild climate and hot summers. The city is often called Europe’s orchard due to its long agricultural tradition and producer of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Murcia is surrounded by two mountain ranges, the Sierra de Orihuela and the Cresta de Gallo, with the city itself being divided into eastern and western areas by a series of mountain ranges.
Murcia claims to have an average of more than 300 days of sun per year, but when it rains it can get a whole years-worth in just a couple of days. Winter high temperatures can be around 16c to over 35c in the Summer months.
Murcia flourished in the 18th century, benefiting greatly from a boom in the silk industry, with many of the modern city's landmark churches and monuments dating from this period. That was to be followed by nearly a century of unfortunate mishaps. In 1810 Murcia was looted by Napoleonic troops. Then it suffered a major earthquake in 1829, when according to contemporaneous accounts, an estimated 6,000 people died from the disaster's effects across the province.
Murcia has been the capital of the Province of Murcia since 1838. More details of the Murcia Province can be seen here.
Some of the most interesting sights in the city are the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace, The Glorieta - a pleasant, landscaped city square, Santa Clara monastery, the Malecón boulevard, Romea theatre, Almudí Palace, Monteagudo Castle, Salzillo Museum, plus much more.
Transportation to and from, and in and around the city is a big feature.
The Bus service is provided by LatBus, which operates the city buses and other interurban services.
There is a tram service managed by Tranvimur. This convenient means of transport is currently being expanded by a number of other routes.
Train connections to Murcia are provided by RENFE. The railway station called Murcia del Carmen, is located in the neighbourhood of the same name. Several long-distance lines link the city with Madrid, through Albacete, as well as Valencia, and Cataluña up to Montpellier in France. Murcia is also the centre of a local network. The local lines called Cercanias connects the city to Alicante, and another from Murcia to Alcantarilla, Lorca and Águilas. It also has two regional lines connecting it to Cartagena and Valencia.
Murcia's Airport is called 'Murcia-San Javier Airport' and is located close to the town of San Javier, 45 kilometres (28 miles) southeast of Murcia. There is also an airport at the neighbouring city of Alicante 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Murcia. Furthermore, and a new airport under development near the town of Corvera, 23 km from Murcia. The new International airport of the Region de Murcia will be privately owned, and be used mainly at low-cost airlines.