Murcia is one of Spain’s ten largest cities, with a population of around 450,000. This historic city in southeast Spain is capital of the autonomous region of Murcia and dates back to 825 AD, when it was founded by the Moors. The city has a long agricultural tradition and the fine climate still makes it ideal for major production of fruit and vegetables, leading to the city being known as “Europe’s Orchard”. Unsurprisingly, the city is known for the quality of its food and it is also an important university town. Some of the main sights for expats living in Murcia to explore include the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which was constructed in 1394 on the site of an existing mosque. The Old Town also features a more modern addition, the resplendent Gran Casino, which was originally opened as a gentlemen's club in 1847. New expatriates in Murcia can learn much about their city from like-minded global minds at InterNations, the largest global network for expats and internationally focused individuals.
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Murcia is served by Murcia-San Javier Airport, which has a number of international connections. It is also close to Alicante Airport, just 43 miles to the north. Additionally, the city is particularly well served by rail, with long distance routes to Madrid, Valencia and on into France. It is also the center of two local and two regional rail networks, so expatriates moving to Murcia should not have any problems getting there. Murcia is also on the route of the main A-7 coastal motorway, running all the way along the Mediterranean cost from Gibraltar to France. Expats living in Murcia can enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate, an excellent local education system and lots of interesting and historic neighborhoods. Joining InterNations can help the new expat in Murcia get to grips with their new home and start to make new connections, both professionally and socially.
The economy of Murcia is dominated by agriculture and there are many major farms in the areas surrounding the city. Wine making also plays a large part in the local economy, especially in the Ricote and Jumilla areas. More recently, the city has developed a larger manufacturing and electrical industry, with a number of foreign companies opening factories in the area. Tourism is another major component of the local economy and the city also hosts a large number of conferences and trade fairs. To keep on top of all these opportunities, it is a good idea for expats working in Murcia to join InterNations and browse the discussion boards and forums. Here, you can talk to fellow expatriates in Murcia or other parts of Spain and in this way learn more about the local economy and perhaps uncover some new opportunities. Expat Magazine, meanwhile, is an excellent source of information on the expatriate lifestyle in general.