Where is it?: Located at the South-East corner of the Iberian Peninsula, between the regions of Andalucia, Castile-La Mancha and Valencia, the region of Murcia borders the province of Albacete in the North, the province of Alicante in the East, the provinces of Granada, Albacete and Almería in the West, and the Mediterranean in the South-East.
In terms of surface area the region of Murcia is the ninth largest of the Spanish autonomous communities.
Capital: Murcia City
Landscape: Murcia has just over 170 km of coastline. La Manga, a coastal strip of land, completely closes off the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean creating a natural lagoon.
Inland the region is divided into two distinct areas, the Huerta, which spreads along the banks of the river Segura, and the dry countryside in the Northwest, Northeast and South of the region.
Forty-five per cent of the region is situated between the altitudes of 200 - 600 metres; 23 per cent is less than 200 metres above sea level, and the remaining 32 per cent lies at altitudes of over 600 metres.
Weather: Murcia has an average annual temperature of 18ºC, with hot summers (registering absolute maximum temperatures of 40ºC) and mild winters (an average temperature of 11ºC in the winter months of December and January). The number of days per year with clear skies is 120-150, with approximately 2,800 sun-hours per annum.
Population: Murcia has an official population of 1,190,378 inhabitants
Getting there: Two hours flight from the UK. San Javier Airport is located on the northern shore of Mar Menor, and is served by Ryanair, Jet2, British Airways and MyTravelLite. Easyjet will soon be flying there as well.
You can also use the Alicante (El Altet) Airport, 68 km from Murcia, 45 minutes away by motorway. Murcia can then be reached by taxi or using the regular bus service. A new regional airport is under construction.