PLACES TO VISITWHILE YOUR IN MURCIA WHY NOT VISIT>Murcia Cathedral: The cathedral proudlypresides the Cardenal Belluga Square. It is amasterpeice from the Spanish Barroque period.> Hotel Sol GalúaHacienda dos Mares, La Manga.> Alhama de Murcia, near to the Espuñamountain range, the castle is DEFINITELY wortha look.
FACTS> It became an autonomous region in1982.> They have a permit to the growingof large crops of citrus and otherfruits, vegetables, almonds, olives,grains, and grapes.> Population: 442,203 (2011)
festivals> JANUARYThe season kicks off with La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas on the lastweekend of January in Barranda. This very Spanish of celebrations isset in the city centre and shows off the culture of the Murcia region,with a special highlight on the local folklore music.> FEBRUARYWith the start of February comes the carnival season with parades,costume contests and dance performances held throughout theareas of Mar Menor, Cartagena and Cabezo de Torres, festivitiesthat are steeped in over 200 years of tradition. The town of Aguilasis said to have the wildest carnival in the country which is on theweek before Lent, which falls towards the end of the month.> AUGUSTDuring August (from the 2nd to the 11th) the Festival del Cante de lasMinas gets underway in La Unión and comprises a competition whereaspiring flamenco dancers and singers battle it out in the PublicMarket to win the coveted trophy. This has been declared a festivalof International Tourist Interest.
food> “Caldero” is a meal of rice, fish (grey mullet,monkfish, grouper), cooked in an iron pot, withball peppers and garlic mayonnaise.> “huerta”, a varied offer of meats and theprized treasures of the sea.> “Gazpacho de Yecla”, pickled partridge, orrabbit and rice.> “Zarangollo” is a Murcian dish combining theconcepts of ratatouille and omelette. It ismade from tomatoes, courgettes, onions andeggs.
SPORTS & sportsteams> Football (real murcia)> Basketball (LIGA ACB)> RACING (HISPANIA RACING F1TEAM)