Living in Murcia Spain: The Definitive Guide

Murcia Spain

Have you ever visited Murcia Spain?

If not, this is the perfect article to discover the city.

History.

Spanish culture.

Ancient alleys.

Only 30 minutes away from the coast.

A charming city you will love.

It’s the city where I am from, by the way :-)

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Introduction

The city of Murcia is a bustling city in south eastern Spain.

Murcia Spain is the capital of Murcia province and its old city centre retains much of its historic charm with wide boulevards, narrow alleys and several beautiful plazas.

Murcia Spain old picture

(Old picture of “La Glorieta” – Murcia Spain)

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Where is Murcia Spain?

Murcia is located a little way inland from the coastline of the Costa Calida in Spain’s south east.

Murcia Spain map

(Murcia Spain – Google Maps)

Murcia also has an international airport located close to the resort of San Javier.

Other two important coastal towns of Murcia region are Los Alcazares and San Pedro del Pinatar.

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General Information about Murcia

Murcia is the seventh largest city in Spain with a population of almost 450,000.

The city was founded in the year 831.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria dates from the 14th century and was restored four centuries later.

Murcia Spain is an important university city which dates from 1915.

The city is about 75km south of Alicante and its international airport.

It is described as a typically Spanish city, cosmopolitan, peaceful place to live and being located away from the coast is not so hectic during the summer as the coastal resorts.

Being a university city, it is lively with students during the school year.

Murcia Spain is located on the Segura River, and is an important location in the food chain supplying locally grown vegetables to much of northern Europe

Rio segura murcia spain

(Río Segura – Murcia Spain)

The historical city of of Cartagena is located to the south of Murcia Spain, around 40 minutes away.

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What is the Weather like in Murcia?

The weather in Murcia Spain is generally among the mildest across the Costa Calida region with the temperature rarely dropping below 10C in the winter.

Although the summer extreme of up to 40C can be difficult for some not used to the heat.

The city is around 45km from the coastline and does not benefit from the fresh cooling winds coming off the sea, so you should be prepared for hot weather throughout the summer in Murcia.

If you are thinking about moving to Spain from the UK, many British citizens love Murcia, so you it could be a great city to start a new Spanish life :-)

UK citizens have to apply for a visa to live in Spain long-term (more than 90 days), you may want to explore the non-lucrative visa Spain.

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What Architecture can be seen in Murcia?

Murcian Baroque architecture can be seen at several churches in the city including La Merced, San Juan de Dios and San Miguel.

Similar styles are on show at the Palacion Episcopal and the Palacio Fontes.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria features several architectural styles including baroque, renaissance and Gothic in its elaborate decorations.

Traperia, a pedestrianised street has a casino built in 1847 with a Moorish courtyard and an elegant Viennese Ballroom.

The city wall that is still visible in sections.

Cathedral Murcia Spain sunset

(Sunset in Plaza de Belluga – Murcia Spain)

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Gastronomy

The cuisine of Murcia features many of the locally produced goods such as fresh fruit and vegetables together with rice and seafood.

Rice dishes include arroz de verduras (vegetables), arroz marinero (seafood) and paella huertana.

A rich stew is known as Potaje, ham and broad beans, king prawns and even a locally produced type of caviar, Huevas de Mujol.

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How much does it cost to rent or buy property in Murcia?

The house prices in Murcia vary greatly but in general are cheaper than properties found in many of the coastal resorts.

Two bedroomed apartments are widely available and cost from 75,000 Euros up to around 130,000 Euros.

Three bedroomed apartments cost from 100,000 Euros, while a three bedroomed villa will cost you in excess of 210,000 Euros.

There are not too many options for long term rentals in the city, most are for rooms rather than the property and this may be due to Murcia being a university city.

Aerial view of Murcia city

(Aerial view of Murcia City)

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What are the most Interesting Attractions I should visit in Murcia?

Old City

The centre of the Old City is full of historic charm, its ancient alleys are full of architecture.

The banks of the Segura River through the city are popular for leisurely strolls or having a relaxing drink at the many cafes and bars that extend out onto the promenades.

Murcia Spain Town Hall

(Murcia Spain Town Hall)

Culture

There is lots of culture to be found in Murcia, from its Teatro Romea where tickets are usually available on the day of a performance, to a variety of museums including the archaeological museum which holds one of the best collections of Iberian art in Spain.

The Salzillo Museum contains pieces by the famous artist, Salzillo and the Cathedral Museum holds religious artifacts from the city.

Art galleries and craft centres are also found across the city.

Teatro Romea Murcia

(Teatro Romea – Murcia)

Cathedral de Santa Maria

This cathedral is a major attraction in the centre of the city of Murcia, work began on its construction in the 14th century and it was completed during the 15th century.

It is regarded as the most impressive monument in Murcia featuring several examples of architecture including the decorative styles of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic.

Cathedral of Murcia Spain

(Cathedral of Murcia Spain)

Almudi Palace

This building dates from the 15th century and was originally used to store the city’s grain.

A lightning strike in 1612 destroyed most of the building. After it was reconstructed it became the law courts in 1886 and today houses the archives of Murcia including administrative documentation dating from the 13th century.

It is also an art centre and used for exhibitions.

The name Almudi is a measurement of grain, the equivalent to around four thousand litres.

In its original use, merchants and harvesters came here to trade and wheat was also distributed to bakers by the town council.

Credit line: J.P.Ruiz, E. DomingoE. Domingo, E. Domingo,

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