Situated along the banks of the Segura River is the autonomous region of Murcia. The region, whose capital’s name is the same as the name of the region, lies on a low-lying fertile plain. It is for this reason that the region of Murcia is one of the major agricultural producers in Spain. It is also recognized for its exquisite wine production. Murcia is home to roughly 100,000 acres of vineyards which produce some of the finest vintage of the country.
Murcia is a great destination to visit if you are looking to immerse yourself into Spanish culture and tradition. One of the places to visit is the Cathedral of the Diocese of Cartagena. This breathtaking monument of Catholic faith in the region was constructed in 1465 and recognized as an exquisite example of the Spanish Baroque style. The cathedral is one of the major focal points during the Holy Week Festival held annually in the city. Life-sized sculptures of saints are carried in a series of elaborate processions that happens all day and night with the processions depicting certain events of the life of Christ up to His crucifixion and death.
The best time to visit Murcia is during the month of May. During this month, Murcia holds its annual Three Cultures Festival. The festival is celebrated as a means to discourage racism and to promote a harmonious living among the Jews, Muslims and Christians. During the festival, the city of Murcia comes alive with numerous exhibits, concerts and conferences.