By Sascha Badelt, Managing Director of leading and transparent house raffle provider, Cloverhut
Murcia is one of the smaller regions of Spain, located in the southeast between Andalucia in the south and Valencia to the north. It is situated towards the centre of a fertile plain known as the Huerta, meaning the orchard of Murcia, and is known for its large selection of fruits and vegetables, olive groves and vineyards.
Though relatively unknown compared to many other touristic areas, this beautiful destination offers a wealth of cultural and natural beauty, making it one of the more underrated regions of Spain.
Here are just a few of the many reasons Murcia is an ideal location for buying a holiday home.
The province boasts truly wonderful weather all year round, with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, and average temperatures of 21 degrees. The summers are long and warm, while the winters are relatively mild.
Its Mediterranean climate, glorious weather, and high air quality, along with the fact Murcia sees very little rain meant the World Health Organisation named it as the healthiest climate in Europe, with people leading longer and healthier lives here.
The city of Murcia, along with the region as a whole, is home to plethora of cultural and historic attractions and landmarks, with Murcia being one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the country. The Santa Maria Cathedral, arguably the most prized building in the city, was first began in 1388, and took four centuries to complete.
The architecture of the region is heavily influenced by Islamic art and culture, as well as an assortment of cultural and architectural designs from its long and varied history. It is packed with museums, castles, fortifications and other historically important landmarks.
Another of the major cities in Murcia, Cartagena, is a truly breath-taking place that dates back nearly 3000 years, and is home to the Roman Theatre Museum, a wonder of the Roman Occupation.
This vibrant region offers a new site or landmark around every corner with its rich legacy of historical buildings.
The picturesque coastline of Costa Calida runs for 250km and is packed with beautiful sandy beaches, romantic coves and crystal blue waters. It is home to many popular beach resorts that truly offer something for everyone.
It is also home to the Mar Menor, the largest natural lake in Spain, and the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe, and is the perfect location for boating, bathing, swimming and a whole host of other water sports activities. The lagoon is renowned for its health benefits, and the mud there is said to possess therapeutic properties.
The upscale beach resort La Manga del Mar Menor offers a peaceful environment to enjoy the Mar Menor, as well as golfing, tennis and luxury boutique shopping.
Referred to as “Europe’s vegetable garden”, it is unsurprising that the region offers some of the finest produce on the continent, and subsequently some truly delicious dishes. Along with seasonal produce, Murcia also boasts sensational fresh seafood from lobsters, crabs and clams.
It is one of the best places in Spain to enjoy rice dishes, including paella, which utilise the area’s locally grown rice varieties, Bomba and Calasparra to create mouthwatering dishes.
Murcia is also home to some of Spain’s most underrated but spectacular wine regions, Yecla, Bullas and Jumilla, which all produce a variety of fantastic reds, whites and roses.
While Murcia may not be as well known as some of the other more touristic areas of Spain, it is the perfect location for buying a holiday home. Its stunning climate offers beautiful weather all year around, while its wealth of culture, history and architecture mean there is always something new to see and explore. This peaceful, beautiful region of Spain is truly the perfect place to get away from it all and relax in style.