Murcia’s popularity has soared in recent years, not only with holidaymakers seeking a couple of extra weeks in the sun, but those looking to find the perfect location for their own Spanish property too.
We’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of British expats capitalising on Murcia’s new hotspot status. Whilst property prices are still extremely competitive compared to its South coast neighbour Costa del Sol, now is a great time to buy a Murcia property.
Interested in learning more? Below are some key facts about the region itself, property in Murcia and the benefits of living in Murcia.
Where is Murcia in Spain?
Murcia is a lovely region on the South East coast of Spain, often referred to hand-in-hand with Costa Blanca. It is bordered by Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community on three sides, with the beautiful Mediterranean coast on the fourth.
How big is Murcia?
Murcia stretches around 11,313 km² in area, and has a population of 1.4 million. Murcia’s capital city is also called Murcia, and is home to around a third of the community’s population.
What is Murcia’s landscape like?
One of the reasons that Murcia is so popular is its varying geography. You could be in the hustle and bustle of a busy tourist beach one minute, in a traditional Spanish village centre the next, or visiting one of the region’s many nature parks or cultural heritage sites. Murcia really does have a lot to offer to suit all preferences.
Flights to and from Murcia
Conveniently, Murcia has its own airport with regular flights to and from the UK. Alternatively, Alicante Airport is also a great option, being less than a 45 minute drive from Murcia’s city centre. Either way, you should have plenty of frequent flight options. If you’re looking to fly outside of peak school holiday times, you can almost always book at a bargain price too!
New build properties in Murcia
Due to Murcia’s progressing popularity with British buyers, many property companies have invested heavily in developing new build communities. These typically compose of ultra-modern properties, sometimes in exclusive gated complexes.
New build properties in Murcia often benefit from:
- Top quality builds, usually with a 10 year architect’s warranty for peace of mind
- Pre-installed, high tech features and appliances
- Eco-friendly designs
- As many new builds are available to reserve before the build is actually complete, buyers often have the option to customise their property. This may include adding accessibility features, or a much-desired pool or walk in wardrobe
- Attracting a warm, friendly expat community
Learn more about new build properties in Murcia >>.
Murcia golf properties
Due to its numerous prestigious golf courses, such as El Valle Golf and Golf Altorreal just to name a couple, Murcia golf properties have always remained in high demand. In total, Murcia has 19 golf courses to its name, attracting avid golfers from all over the world.
Many properties in Murcia have been built with golfing in mind, some of which are located in specialist resorts with fantastic views overlooking the courses themselves. Many even include access to the clubhouse in the purchase price.
No article on Murcia would be complete without a nod to its wonderful beaches. Murcia’s 250km coastline is known as Costa Cálida (the warm coast), and soaks up a whopping average of 3000 hours of sunshine a year!
The Costa Cálida is made up of numerous different beaches, from busy tourist areas with promenades packed with restaurants and family entertainment, to smaller secluded coves perfect for reading a book and unwinding.
La Manga del Mar Menor
Murcia’s Mar Menor is arguably one of the highlights of Spain’s South coast. It’s Europe’s largest salt lagoon, located to one side of a narrow strip of land called La Manga (the other side being the Mediterranean Sea).
La Manga features stunning white sands, with exclusive hotels and select amenities like restaurants, shops and sailing and diving schools – perfect for beachside living or holidays.
The qualities of the Mar Menor salt lagoon are said to contain many healing properties due to its climate and unique mineral concentration. This sees people travel from all over to bathe in the lake, looking to cure all manner of physical and psychological ailments. There’s even the opportunity to take part in an open air ‘mud therapy’ session, where you get covered in the medicinal muds of the Mar Menor!
View Mar Menor properties:
- 2-bed apartment, resale – €138,000
- 3-bed townhouse, new build – €182,000
- 3-bed villa, new build – €415,000
How much is Murcia property?
Like with any location, the more budget you have at your disposal, the more you’ll be able to get for your money in Murcia. However, the region is still extremely affordable, with properties starting from under €100,000 (typically for 2-bed, resale apartments).
For a budget of between €150,000 – €250,000, you’ll be able to choose from numerous desirable properties. Perhaps a brand new apartment with a beachside location, or a 3-bed villa with its own pool? Whatever Murcia property you’re looking for, this budget should cover the majority of requirements. Of course, there are also plenty of properties for €250,000+ if you’re looking for something specific.
For a more comprehensive overview, read our guide to Murcia property prices >>.
Things to do in Murcia
Putting aside the wonderful beaches and the Mar Menor already mentioned in this article, Murcia still offers plenty of ways to fill your days.
Murcia’s city centre features the perfect balance of maintaining a traditional Spanish, relaxed atmosphere, whilst being home to plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. This allows visitors and residents the opportunity to try the region’s own tapas, spend the afternoons watching the world go by from your seat outside your favourite wine bar, or grab a coffee in the stunning Plaza de las Flores.
For fans of music and dance, Murcia puts on some of Spain’s finest music festivals including the San Javier International Jazz Festival in July, and the Theatre, Music and Dance Festival in August. There is also a wonderful Flamenco Festival in the summer that’s packed with loud music, festive costumes and plenty of singing, laughter and sense of community.
If all of this wasn’t enough, Murcia is also home to beautiful nature parks and historical sites, some of which are world heritage sites. You have your choice of parks packed with flowers and wildlife such as Floridablanca Gardens, ideal for picnics or soaking up the sun, or even mountainous hiking trails like those found in El Valle Regional Park if you’re up for a challenge.
Find your perfect Murcia property
If Murcia sounds like the ideal place for you, why not view some properties in person? Our 3-4 day, all inclusive viewing trips are just £99 per person, and allow you to view 8-10 hand-selected Murcia properties per day.
Not only that, but from the moment you land you’ll be met by one of our Spanish property experts who will be able to offer you with all manner of information about living in Murcia and the properties available.