City, municipality and capital of the province of the same name and capital of the autonomous community of Murcia. The city is located just southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, its shores are bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and it is crossed from west to east by the River Segura.
Murcia is a greatly unknown in many places meanwhile it generates admiration among visitors who are already familiar with the region. Rich in diversity and with unique geography, the municipality is known for its excellent cuisine in vegetables and fruits from the famous Murcia orchard.
Murcia transportation is very good, providing a network of buses and commuter trains effectively supplying communication between municipalities. Since May 2011 is available a tram line with expansion plans. Also underway is the advent of the high speed train which will further enhance the transport in Murcia.
The city enjoys a dry and arid Mediterranean climate whose average annual temperature marks 17.8 º C, with mild winters and hot summers that give their inhabitants and visitors 300 days of sunshine a year. The municipality has little precipitation which tends to concentrate in a few days during the fall months. Temperatures during winter range between 4° C and 16º C, while temperatures in summers are around 20° C and 34º C in August.
The most important artistic heritage of the city is the Cathedral of Murcia, located in the old town, with Baroque appearance and the interior in Gothic style. The famed Casino de Murcia recognized as a great cultural interest, winning the category of Monument. The municipality has a large heritage in sculptures of Francisco Salzillo.
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In the historical centre of Murcia can be found the old Teatro Romea; it is the main theatre of the town which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1862. In the old town is also situated the town hall, built in the nineteenth century.
Inside the city raise many Baroque churches of inestimable value which are: the church of San Juan de Dios, the Church of St. Nicholas, the Church of San Miguel, Santa Eulalia's Church and Convent of La Merced church.
The city of Murcia has many and varied museums, including: the Museum of the Cathedral, with Gothic paintings, religious pieces of jewelry and wood carvings of the fifteenth century. Salzillo Museum, dedicated to the works of sculptor Francisco Salzillo. The Archaeological Museum of Murcia, the Museum of Fine Arts Murcia, Murcia Museum, the Science Museum, the Bullfighting Museum, the Museum Church of San Juan de Dios, among many others.
Murcia does not only have monuments and churches as the main claim; the architecture of the region is very rich and there are many interesting buildings and skyscrapers, for example: Atalayas Towers, the Auditorium and Congress Center Victor Villega, Casa Cerdá, The campus de la Merced.
Furthermore you can enjoy the folklore in Murcia during the popular Spring Fair and during the Holy Week processions. The city offers numerous seaside resorts of quality and beauty, the beaches are spread throughout the territory of the Costa Calida and La Manga of Mar Menor, a wonderful coastal lagoon area of which covers 135 km2, idyllic places where you can enjoy your holiday.
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