Moving to Murcia in 2021 an expat guide will help you decide where to go if you want to become an expat in Spain. This post is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain It will provide you with lots of useful information about the breathtaking province of Murcia.
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Where is the Region of Murcia?
Murcia is a typically Spanish area located in southeastern Spain. Click on the picture above for a Map Guide. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful regions.
Inland, Murcia is an arid desert vista where historic towns are surrounded by orchards, olive groves, plantations and vineyards. There are also the remains of weatherbeaten, time ravaged Moorish castles.
All are set to the backdrop of imposing pine-covered mountains which stretch to the coast. Here, along the Costa Cálida there is a selection of divine white sandy beaches stretching almost 170 km. This results in Murcia’s coast having luxuriously warm, crystal clear waters and turquoise blue saltwater lagoons like Mar Menor. Absolutely heavenly.
Why moving to Murcia is a great idea
People here really do live longer, healthier lives as life here is slow-paced and stress-free. The only times most anyone stays up to party ’til dawn are the times of the local fiestas, like the Burning of the Sardine. This is a night of madness and mayhem and there’s a noisy, colourful procession of floats, guarded by torchbearers. It travels through the streets of Murcia city, throwing toys and sweets out to children and adults alike.
Expats who move to the region of Murcia can benefit from excellent private Medical care, superfast broadband and delicious Spanish gastronomy.
Whilst it depends on where you choose to live, most villages and small towns will be cheaper than the cities. Essential grocery shopping and meals out are about 16% less than in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Renting property is almost 50 percent cheaper.
The weather in Murcia is consistently wonderful all year round thanks to its Mediterranean climate. This region boasts around 325 sunny days a year. Average temperatures get slightly above 19 C, and there is very little rain. Plan a removal to Murcia to take advaantage of this wonderful weather.
The winters are mild and the summers are hot here. Air quality is incredibly good. So much so, that the World Health Organisation has named Murcia’s climate among the best in the world If you suffer from arthritis and asthma, it’s a great place to consider.
Popular Cities and Towns in Murcia
Murcia is a vibrant city. It is home to a mishmash of cultures and an assortment of architectural designs. There is also a plethora of colourful traditions and lively fiestas.
It’s a place where nothing is ever hurried, period. It’s also a place where expats will never get bored. Culture and history just seem to ooze from every narrow street. There is always an interesting museum, bridge, garden or restaurant to visit.
Some Of The Amazing Things To See And Do Around Murcia City
- Hike to La Marenica Monestary and taste the heavenly Chocolate de La Luz
- Experience true passion and an amazing culture at the Bullfighting Museum – rated on Trip Advisor as a real hidden gem
- Discover the city’s delightful mini Aquarium and come face-to-face with baby sharks
Don’t miss out on the city’s remaining fiesta this year
- The Moors and Christians Festival – 24th Jul to 31st July 2021– One of the most important fiestas in the city, this celebration is truly steeped in history and it really is a theatrical performance not to miss. Colourful groups of Moors and Christians parade through the city, playing music and re-enacting the Re-Conquest. Most of the acts take place in the Medieval Encampment in the San Esteban Garden.
Lorca is a city which goes by many names: – The City of the Sun, The City of One Hundred Shields, The Baroque City. Each name reflects how magnificent and spectacular the city actually is.
History really does just seems to ooze from every corner of Lorca. Centuries old craft traditions like embroidery, iron forging and pottery are still practiced. Local artisan craftspeople be found at the medieval Thursday market, which still runs to this day.
Lorca will always be famous for its legacy of archaeological sites and historic buildings. It has a rich culture & traditions, particularly it’s spectacular Easter Week celebrations. This is a wonderful place to call home. It has even been shortlisted for the European Destinations of Excellence program, in recognition for its sustainable tourism.
Things To See And Do Around Lorca City
- Experience an atmosphere like no other as you uncover Jewish history beneath the Parador Hotel, which once was an impressive castle.
- Immerse yourself in the surroundings of Lorca by taking a leisurely 10 km trek through the Cejo de los Enamorados
- Find out exactly what the artisans of the city have to offer and grab a bargain at the Centro de Artesania de Lorca
Some Of The Must Visit Restaurants in Murcia
- Casa Candido on Calle Santo Domingo – A rustic restaurant which makes delicious home cooked meals. What’s more, it’s found in a 16th Century building with its own underground caves. The meat is heavenly.
- Taberna El Camino on Calle Santo Domingo – A cozy pub with a big heart. Traditional food is served generously inside its cool stone walls.
- Restaurant Hiroshima, just outside the city – An elaborate restaurant located in a medieval castle. Elegant and sophisticated, the food is divine.
Aguilas is a bustling, flamboyant port town, thanks to its glorious weather, wonderful carnival and beautiful beaches. For this reason, the town is a very popular tourist destination for both the Spanish and the British.
That being the case, Aguilas isn’t as quiet as the other places we’ve mentioned, but it still oozes charm. Famous for its rich seafaring traditions and Roman history, the town adores culture and architecture, which is evident from its funky concert hall, its abundance of interesting museums and magnificent churches.
Dotted around its spacious streets and large plazas, expats will find traces of Roman history, beautiful gardens, exotic rubber trees, white windmills and medieval structures.
Down on the golden, sandy beaches, expats can discover delicious seafood and can even give scuba diving, sailing and other marine activities a try. For anyone who doesn’t like to keep still and who enjoys experiencing different things every day, Aguilas is the perfect place to lay down their roots.
Restaurants in Aguilas you should try
- Zoco del Mar near Castle Esplanade – There is nowhere better in Aguilas for delicious, hearty gourmet food and breathtaking views.
- Poli in Calle Floridablanca – A delightful restaurant that serves the best seafood in town. Has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
- Meson del Willy on Calle Ciclista Julian Hernandez Zaragoza – This is the ideal restaurant to experience an authentic taste of Spanish cuisine. Great value for money and an incredibly warm and friendly service.
Mazarron is a historic port town, set around a glorious bay.
Surrounded by outstanding geological rock formations, breathtaking scenery and stunning beaches. This really is the place to just laze around and relax. Spacious, palm tree-lined plazas let expats meander around the town’s monuments and ancient buildings.
Not known for its nightlife, Mazarron is more famous for its Roman and Phoenician history, seafood, nudist beaches and mining.
The restaurants and handful of cocktail bars may offer English versions of their menus. For a true slice of quiet Spanish life, Mazarron is the ideal place to call home.
Some Of The Amazing Things To See And Do Around Mazarron
- Take a walk up the gentle slopes of Mirador del Cabezo del Gavilan – the views are incredible from the top.
- There is a glass bottomed boat trip around the coast and witness marine life in its natural habitat, or, for those who’ve never seen them up close before, why not go dolphin spotting?
- Explore the magnificent 19th Century Mazarron mining reserves.
Just Some Of The Must-Visit Restaurants in Mazarron
- Chez Zoe in the Paseo de Rihuete – A wonderful seafront restaurant which serves honest, bourgeois French cooking. Fantastic value for money.
- El Palenque on Avenida del Mediterraneo – An upscale restaurant which unites the best-grilled meats from Argentina with the flavours of Italy and the Mediterranean.
La Manga del Mar Menor
La Manga del Mar Menor, is an upscale beach resort on a strip of land which separates the Mediterranean sea from Europe’s largest saltwater lake, Mar Menor.
Here expats can enjoy the finer things in life, like golfing, playing tennis, eating delicious, healthy foods and boutique shopping. They can relax and immerse themselves in culture, whilst breathing in the pure air and benefitting from bathing in Mar Menor’s salt waters.
As a luxurious beach resort the town is clean and spacious. Every Sunday there is a bustling market, the Mercadillo de Cabo It is rather like a car boot or flea market, but on a grander scale.
On the whole, La Manga is relatively peaceful, but it does become particularly lively during the summer thanks to tourism. From June until September, the nightlife becomes even more exciting and the beautiful beaches become packed with bathers.
This really is a wonderful place to call home if you enjoy the modernity, hustle, bustle, excitement and touches of luxury that a top resort town offers.
Some Of The Amazing Things To See And Do Around La Manga del Mar Menor
- Take the kids or grandkids to Peke Park, a quaint Spanish amusement arcade
- Visit the lighthouse at El Faro de Cabo Palos and watch the sunset over stunning vistas
Just Some Of The Must-Visit Restaurants in La Manga del Mar Menor
- Restaurante el Mosqui on Carrer Subida al Faro – For a unique ambience and to taste some incredible rice dishes and seafood (including delicious, fresh lobster), there is nowhere better.
- Pizzería di Mare – on Calle Embalse de Sichar – A small, decorated in a traditional Spanish style, but which serves five-star Italian cuisine at great prices. They even do take outs!
- El Pez Rojo – on Calle Los Palangres – A restaurant that comes highly recommended by the local Spanish people. Fantastic service, affordable prices and exquisite foods. Don’t forget to try their famous caldero.
With the region of Murcia being so beautiful, healthy and such a wonderful place to relax and unwind, it’s undoubtedly the best location for any expat wanting to get away from it all and thoroughly enjoy life in their new, Spanish casa. Ahh, true bliss!
So there you have it, Moving to Murcia in 2021 an expat guide. We hope you enjoyed it and if you’ve found this article useful, find out more about removals from the UK to Spain in 2021, or if you’d like more advice about becoming an expat in general, contact us now for help with your removal from the UK to Murcia in Spain.
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