The province of Murcia, known for its history of trading and commerce, is strategically positioned on the Mediterranean Coast. Its temperate climate provides over 3000 hours of sun a year and its shores, a virgin coastline of some 250 kilometres.
The Mar Menor (which could be described as the world’s largest swimming pool) is located in an area renowned for its climate and views. This ‘Minor Sea’ is a lagoon some 25 kilometres long and 12 wide, separated from the Mediterranean by a thin strip of land known as ‘La Manga’. This calm sea of shallow warm water is ideal for water sports (average annual temperature 18º C and maximum depth 8 metres).
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The province relies on an extensive motorway network that links it with principal Spanish and European cities. The A7 which travels the length of the Mediterranean coast connects the region with Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona and eventually France to the north, and to the south, with Almeria, Malaga and the rest of the Andalusian coast. Madrid, Northern Spain and Portugal are also conveniently linked thanks to this network. Murcia will also be able to take advantage of fast connections to Madrid and Barcelona thanks to a proposed high-speed railway line.
Murcia is a dynamic province with lots of potential for foreign investment. Its policy of promoting this field, by offering favourable conditions for investors has enabled large European, Asian and American companies, attracted by the regions high productivity and its excellent infrastructure, to establish their headquarters in the region. Large energy and service companies provide a lot of employment in this area.
The province’s history of agriculture is reflected in Murcian gastronomy which comes from local produce. Local fish, rice and meats are the most popular. This agricultural heritage is displayed in one of the city’s classic festivals the “Bando de la Huerta” (Murcian garden festival), which takes place in Murcia just after Easter forming part of the ‘Spring Festivals’.
The province hosts a great variety of traditional festivals throughout the year in which both locals and visitors actively participate in preserving centuries old local traditions. The Semana Santa celebration, held in Cartagena, Murcia and Lorca during the Easter time is a highlight in a vibrant festival calendar.