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Located in southeastern Spain, and seventh-largest city in the nation, the city of Murcia is capital of the Murcia region named after it. Surrounded by La Huerta, a fertile and bountiful low-lying plain named after the many orchards and vineyards within it, the city has a rich agricultural, horticultural and viticultural heritage, its fields made verdant by Moorish irrigation as far back as 825 AD. In fact, Murcia is so famed for its local produce that it is sometimes known as “the orchard of Europe”.
Many book cheap flights to Murcia for the sumptuous beaches that line the region’s Costa Calida (“warm coast”), stretching for 250km from charming fishing village El Mojon to the historic town of Aguilas. The region, once a frontier between Christian kingdom of Castile and Muslim-controlled Andalusia, is also notable for its many castles, such as Jumilla Castle (a Roman fort adapted by the Moors) and the Castle of Moratalla.
With its semi-arid Mediterranean climate, Murcia is given to hot summers and mild winters and often enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. In summer, it is subject to average highs of around 30 degrees, with regional temperatures generally lower nearer the coast and higher inland. In winter, temperatures barely drop below three or four degrees.
Although weather in Murcia is generally favourable throughout the year, the summer months of July and August constitute its peak season for tourism, as this is when weather is warmest. This is reflected in travel and accommodation prices and availability.
Tourism is lowest in Murcia during the winter months, as this is when weather is generally coolest. Late spring or early autumn are good times to visit off peak, as weather is still comparatively warm, but crowding levels and prices are not as high as during peak season.