Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the autonomous community of the Region of Murcia. It is located on the Segura River, in the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, noted for its hot and sunny climate and its fertile agricultural land.

The city was founded by the emir of Cordoba in 825 as Mursiyah. It was known as Madinat Mursiyah (City of Mursiyah) until the 11th century, when it became Murcia. The etymology of the word Murcia is disputed. One theory holds that it derives from the Latin words murus (wall) or muria (walls), meaning fortress, while another theory suggests that it may be a derivation of the Arabic word murš or muršā, meaning land of Mursi or land of the Mursiyat.

After the silting of the Segura in the 18th century, Murcia was cut off from the sea, and the trade which had made it prosperous declined. The agricultural economy remained prosperous however, and Murcia is a key food-producing region of Spain.

Since then, the city has grown rapidly, and Murcia is a prosperous city with a Mediterranean climate. The city has a lively cultural scene, and is home to a number of museums, theaters, and festivals. Murcia is also a popular tourist destination, with a number of attractions, including the Cathedral of Murcia, the Real Casino de Murcia, and the Museo de Murcia.

Murcia is only a 40 minute drive from Casa Rural Ubeda, and is great for a day out sight seeing

Some of Murcia’s fiestas are spectacular, including the Christmas lights, and well worth as visit during your stay