A Morsel of Murcia
Murcia is the seventh largest city in Spain with a population of around 450,000. It is the capital of Region de Murcia, a single province autonomous region squashed between the larger regions of Valencia to the north and Andalucia to the south.
The city was originally founded by the Moors and the cathedral, which now has a gothic interior and a baroque facade, stands on the site of the former grand mosque.
My favourite features were the gargoyles down the side walls.
The fertile huerta surrounding the city has long agricultural traditions and the area is known as ‘Europe’s orchard’ due to the abundant production of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Naturally there are several decent local wines, especially the ones from the Jumilla, a nearby town. I particularly like the wines from Bodega Juan Gil, so much so that I regularly have the 12 meses delivered to me in the UK. It works out less than £10 a bottle which is still very good value.
After work, I headed for the concentration of bars and restaurants in and around Plaza de Las Flores off Gran Via with eight colleagues. What happened next is very hazy and I don’t remember much, but I do know I had a great time, it’s just I can’t tell you where exactly!
I do remember this fried goats cheese though which was delicious with some blueberry jam (A).
So sadly just one night here, but at least it was a wild one! Hope to go back soon though and do the comida tipica murciana more justice.