Murcia Spain is a little gem that will entrance you with its diverse ecology and over 200 beaches on two different bodies of water the Mediterranean and the Menor Sea. An aerial view of the island will show you open dessert-like spaces beside green fertile lands and modern residential communities linked with charming, medieval towns. Founded in the year 800, Murcia offers many historical and architectural attractions including the Cathedral de Santa Maria, constructed in the 15th century. Pedestrian areas make discovering the region on foot easy and are a perfect way to explore the many shops in the market square. Festivals including Holy Week are famous throughout Spain for processions that include flowers, candles and large statues depicting the crucifixion that are taken from museums and paraded among the streets for this most special occasion. The crops of Murcia are well-known throughout the region and provide the base for delicious cuisine that includes rich stews and salads, perfectly done meats and seafood galore. The fertile lands also produce some truly exceptional wines which are a must to cap off your evening meal. Whether you choose to dine indoors or take advantage of one of the many street cafes, you won t be disappointed. The area is relatively undiscovered and whether you prefer the quaint mountain villages or relaxing on the beach you will feel relaxed and welcomed by the city s surprising 433,000 residents.