Murcia is the name of the provincial capital, which is approximately half an hour’s drive from the coast. 75 km south of Alicante and 30 km west of Torrevieja. The city was founded by the Moors in the 8th century. Under their rule, Murcia developed into the regional center that it is today.
The Moorish influence is less clear in the city itself. Many of the older districts were built in the 18th century. After centuries of industrial growth, Murcia today has a university with a large number of students and the city is buzzing with life. The city is still a relatively unknown tourist destination, especially compared to nearby coastal towns. The older neighborhood is definitely worth a visit and the stately cathedral is visited by tourists from all over the world.
The gastronomic selection in Murcia has a wide sellection of fresh vegetables and delicious fruit as important ingredients in the local dishes, as well as fresh seafood from the nearby coast. Peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and zucchini in particular are common delicacies that are often served throughout the region. During a visit to Murcia, the Market Hall is a must, two floors full of fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, among other things.