Today and for the next 10 or 12 days the weather in Murcia will range between a low of about 40 degrees and a high of 67 degrees. Chances of rain are fairly slim with a 10 percent average on any given day. Winds will be intermittent and might hit 20 miles per hour on one or two days. For the most part sunny skies will prevail.
According to the local and national weather bureaus that track weather in Murcia, this forecast is not unusual. Murcia enjoys one of the more temperate climates in the region with relatively little rainfall. In other words it is a typically semi arid and subtropical area characteristic of the Mediterranean. Why is this something you may want to know?
First, in the event you don't know anything about Murcia, the region is located in the southeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula. The capital city of the region, Murcia, is northwest of the port city of Cartegena. The region on one side borders on the Mediterranean with about 170 kilometers of coastline that alternates between coves and sandy beaches, rocky shorefront and stark cliffs. In fact Murcia is a study in geographic contradictions. It contains both arid and irrigated land, seacoast and interior land, mountains and plains.
Of the total populations for the Murcia region of 1.4 million people, more than one third of them live in the city of Murcia. Much of Murcia's culture and tradition revolves around religious and agricultural festivals that bring visitors to the city. The most important festivals are held around Easter time and celebrate religious customs. All the festivals are characterized by parades, bright costumes, music, dance and open air food vendors featuring local produce and cuisine.
The city has three universities, including the University of Murcia and the Polytechnic University of Cartegena. Both of these are public universities. The third university is a private religiously grounded school, Saint Anthony Catholic University. While much of Murcia's cultural life revolves around the universities, the city also boasts architecturally significant buildings, some of which date back several centuries. The Cathedral of the Diocese of Cartgena, located in Murcia, was built between 1394 and 1465. It boasts an eclectic, yet compelling combination of architectural styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Spanish Baroque.
For the tourist there is much to see and enjoy in Murcia. The Bishop's Castle and the Casino are high on the list. The city is not lacking in pedestrian walkways that provide tourists and residents alike the opportunity to absorb the sights and sounds at a leisurely pace. In addition Murcia has a robust theater and museum presence, aquariums, restaurants and night life. Add to this the proximity to delightful beaches and it's clear to see that Murcia has much to commend it.
For all these reasons Murcia has become part of the move towards residential tourism. This is a phenomenon that is affecting more and more communities globally. In the last half of the 20th century, the biggest population movement has been from rural to urban and suburban areas. As more and more employment opportunities coalesced around urban settings, people moved from their traditional rural roots to take advantage of these opportunities. The suburban sprawl that accompanied these demographic changes became the norm by the last quarter of the 20th century. Now the trend is beginning to reverse.
It's not clear how significant this reverse move will become. The advent of technology and the opportunity that more and more people have to make a living in telecommuting jobs is behind much of this trend. Where people can live and work has suddenly become a decision based on living preferences rather than geographic opportunity. Cities like Murcia, which in the past may not have been on the vacation travel radar, are now attracting more and more attention. In this case someone who prefers a more livable urban environment that still offers quick getaways to beaches and mountains will look at Murcia and similar communities in a new light.
What is clear already is that this move towards residential tourism is already happening and will continue to happen as economies grow more and more diverse and globally integrated. When someone inquires about the weather forecasts in Murcia, it may well be that what they are actually doing is deciding if it is a climate they want to relocate to.