Región de Murcia (1)
La Comunidad Autónoma de Murcia is located in the South-East of the Iberian Peninsula. With a semi-arid Mediterranean climate, an annual 3,000 hours of sun and a smooth average temperature of 18 ºC, Murcia is a first order tourist destination. The Greeks and the Phoenicians already did business on its coast during the ancient times, emphasising the naval and agricultural character of the region. Later, Murcia was host of the first Carthage colony, Carthago Nova, on the Peninsula, and during the Arabic domination, ‘moriscos’ implemented advanced irrigation systems, which is the roots of the present international fame of Murcian horticulture products.
La Región de Murcia The region of Murcia offers many attractive sights. It is possible to see arid deserts in the south, with steppen plains, but subsequently go to forests of the inner mountain ranges and the green fertile valleys around the Segura River. Murcian deserts stand out because of their singularity, since they cannot be compared to any landscape in all Europe. These grounds originated because of the influence of water on the soft materials. Another unique site is ‘Mar Menor’, a 180 km2 coastal salt water lagoon, separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a sandy barrier called ‘La Manga’.
The Murcian coast, with more than 200 beaches and ‘La Manga,’ has become one of the most important tourist concentrations of the so called ‘Warm Coast’. Besides the possibility of bringing closer natural paradises like the Calblanque and Calnegre beaches, seaports as the one at Mazarron are ideal to enjoy the night.