Murcia is located just inland from the Costa Blanca, south of Alicante, on the Segura river. It has a pleasant, dry climate, with mild winters and warm summers, with the excellent beaches of the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida within easy reach.
The area is famous as Europe’s orchard due to its long agricultural tradition and fertile soils: flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown here and exported all over Europe. Especially well-known are its tomatoes, lettuces, oranges and lemons.
It is a very Spanish city, which prizes highly the much-valued customs of traditional life: the paseo, tapas, plazas. With about half a million inhabitants, Murcia has excellent nightlife, mostly around the university area, and good shopping opportunities, with plenty of fashion boutiques and interiors stores.