Located on the Mediterranean coast, Murcia is one of Spain’s seventeen autonomous regions. Unlike most of the others, Murcia consists of one province only, also called Murcia. Murcia is a pleasant, sunny place that produces a great deal of fruit as well as flowers and vegetables. There are some low mountains in Murcia: the region is roughly one-third mountains, one-third foothills and one-third coastal flatlands. This gentle diversity makes the region perfect for agriculture, although recently there have been water issues in Murcia.

Like most of southern Spain, Murcia belonged to a series of cultures including the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Moors. It was a powerful Moorish kingdom under Islamic Spain before being conquered tian forces in the thirteenth century. Unlike other regions of Spain, Murcia does not have its own local language, although most Spaniards do feel that Murcians have a heavy accent.
Murcia has a lot to offer visitors. The region is known for good beaches, caves, parks and water sports such as yachting. The capital city, Murcia, has several interesting attractions, including a handful of art museums featuring works by local artists. There is also a beautiful gothic cathedral in Murcia. Along the southern Costa Cálida, or “warm coast” are several beach towns such as ancient Cartagena and Aguilas, both popular destinations.