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Dine In: Discover Arroz Caldero, Only in Murcia

You may be familiar with the bomba rice dish paella, but get to know the caldero del Mar Menor or arroz caldero, a famous dish from Murcia with creamy rice cooked in sofrito with different kinds of fish. Literally translated, “arroz caldero” means rice cauldron and “caldero Murcia” is even more specific, Murcian cauldron. 

History of Caldero Murcia

In the 19th century arroz caldero was prepared by fishermen on the beaches of the Mar Menor, which was in part a matter of economy as the small fish they were not able to sell went into the cauldron instead. You can see the kind of iron cauldron, used on fishermen’s boats, depicted by Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla in his painting, “Meal on the Boat.”   These days, October 12, National Spanish Day is considered “día de caldero” in Los Alcazares where you can make arroz caldero on … Read More

Murcia: Eating With the Seasons in Spain’s Fruit and Vegetable Garden

fruit and vegetable
Murcia is Spain’s fruit and vegetable garden of Europe.

If farmer’s markets are top of your list, you’re in for a treat when in Murcia. Known as “the crop garden of Europe,” the semi-dry climate in Murcia enables crops to flourish with a particular focus on organic agriculture and water conservation. The season for growing produce is long, thanks to the geography and climate. Did you know Murcia exports 70% of its vegetable production and 34% of its fruit?1

When you think of the Mediterranean diet, look no further than Murcia. Here, fruits like citrus, grapes, and stone fruits, grow along with almonds, vegetables, and cereals such as rye and oats. Here are a few ideas of what to eat and make when in Murcia.

Oranges

While not initially native to Spain, sour Seville and sweet Valencian oranges come to mind. Pairing salty and sweet citrus in salads like … Read More

New Murcia Airport Makes Life Easier for Spanish Property Owners

Last year when we wrote about the expected opening of the new Murcia Airport outside Corvera, only one airline was slated to schedule flights in and out of the location. Now that the airport is open for business, we are happy to report seven airlines are operating from Corvera (officially called Region de Murcia International Airport).

The new Murcia airport is expected to handle six million passengers in 2019, so an increase in airlines means more available flights for Spanish property owners who want to come and go as they please (and it’s more convenient for their guests, too!).

The Region de Murcia International Airport is located just outside Corvera, around 30kms from Costa Calida. It replaces the old Murcia-San Javier Airport as a state-of-the-art property with more capacity for travelers. Considering the San Javier airport was one of Spain’s most profitable with more than a million passengers traveling … Read More

Can I Live on a Golf Course in Costa Calida?

“I love golf, I love my life, I love my family and friends.” – Sergio Garcia

When you love the sport of golf, you’ll take any opportunity to play. Living on a golf course certainly improves your quality of life. It makes it easier to get on the green whenever you can – and it’s a good excuse for your family and friends to visit!

If you want to live on a golf course in Costa Calida, then you will be delighted to know there are numerous golf properties around the coast. Each property offers a unique location, housing options, and benefits to consider.

Upscale Living on Golf Courses

Owning a home on a golf course means you are never far from the course, giving you good access to tee times and reservations. This is a great benefit if you entertain clients, family or friends, or you want to … Read More

Why Spaniards Will Soon Be the Longest-Living People in the World

The future is bright for those who call Spain their home. By 2040, they are expected to surge past the Japanese as the longest-living people in the world. According to a recent study, the average lifespan of a person living in Spain will be 85.8 years – passing by Japan, Switzerland, Sweden and France, countries that have long been at the top of the list.

Why are Spaniards on track to become the longest-living people across the globe? The aforementioned study credits the eating habits of the Spanish people, as well as the culture – which includes plenty of time spent with family and friends.

The Impact of Community on Longevity

In Spain, it’s not uncommon to come across people gathering in plazas well after dusk, or in cafes and bars where comrades rendezvous. Rather than overworking, the Spanish prefer to spend their time outside of work with … Read More

What’s Happening in Costa Calida?

With local festivities, traditional holidays and the New Year on the horizon, there’s never been a more magical time to visit Costa Calida. You’ll be greeted by friendly faces, the warmth of the Mediterranean, and a few other surprises when you make your trek to the coast. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in Costa Calida in the days and weeks ahead.

TRAVEL

As of now, Jet2 is the only airline confirmed to be switching flights from San Javier to Corvera after 15th January 2019. Therefore, if you want to travel from the UK to Spain, you might want to consider the train. There are two train stations close to the “Polaris Resorts” – one in Torre Pacheco, the other in Balsicas – for your convenience.

It’s easy to travel from the UK to Spain by train. You can breakfast in London, lunch in Paris and have dinner in … Read More

Murcian Sweet Surprises . . . No Diets Allowed!

Who doesn’t like something sweet after a meal, or any time for that matter? And when you buy a villa in Spain you will have many opportunities to ruin your diet with these Murcian Sweet Surprises.

Paparajote
For foreigners this is a sweet surprise. It is a lemon tree leaf battered in dough of flour, egg, milk and shavings of lemon, which is fried and then dusted in cinnamon and sugar. Accompanied by a small glass of sweet wine it is a typical Murcian pleasure. However, don’t be deceived, the leaf CANNOT be eaten.

Asiático
Dessert or coffee? Now there’s no need to choose as you can have both, thanks to this two-in-one Cartagena original. Delicious coffee with condensed milk and brandy, accompanied by a few drops of Liquor 43, cinnamon, lemon zest and coffee beans.

Pan de Calatrava
This delicious dessert was born out of the Muslim influence in … Read More

Dreamy Properties for Sale in Spain by the Sea

Feast your eyes on these beach properties for sale in Murcia.

Ever daydream about what it would be like to live by the water in Spain? Your afternoons spent sailing in the sea, your nights in the company of Spain’s best wine region. It’s a romantic notion for sure, but the good news is there are some great properties for sale in Spain by the sea that could be the beginning of something amazing.

Let’s take a look at some of the beach properties for sale in Murcia right now.

Beach Front Properties for Sale in Spain by the Sea

Avenida de los Narejos
Located in Los Alcazares just 100 meters from the Mar Menor beaches, Avenida de los Narejos is one of the most highly anticipated new construction projects in Murcia. If you’ve been considering properties for sale in Spain that are by the sea, you’ll … Read More

Murcia Markets Make Buying Property in Spain Oh-So-Appealing

Just as grabbing a café in the morning or a tapa after work is typical of the Murcian lifestyle, the indoor and outdoor markets are also important aspects of the Spanish culture. For those who have lived here long enough, going to the markets may be second nature. But for those who are new to the area and are considering buying property in Spain, one trip to the Murcia markets may be the key to understanding what it’s like to live in this special corner of the world.

Visiting a Murcian Market

We love the way one writer explains the markets in Murcia, “awash with color and noise.” It’s a lively scene to be certain; shopkeepers and customers catching up on the latest news while negotiating prices in what always seems to be a fiery conversation. Shoppers rummaging through incredibly vibrant produce while fishmongers display their freshest catches of … Read More

Here’s Why You Should Find Property for Sale in Murcia Spain During Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Now that we’re in the middle of “busy season” for Spanish real estate, any time before the month of June is prime time shopping in terms of property for sale in Murcia Spain. But if you’re planning to travel here soon, we thought we’d at least encourage you to do so during Semana Santa, or Holy Week. This is one of the most exciting, meaningful celebrations you’ll experience in Murcia, and one of the highlights of living in the region.

What is Semana Santa?

Semana Santa is Holy Week. This year, it lasts from Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday) through Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday). In Murcia, you’ll find something happening every one of those days, whether it’s one of the processions winding through the streets or a play at one of the local churches. Each region in Murcia celebrates in their own fashion; some are more polished and … Read More