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Category Archives: Culture

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

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

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

Mud Baths: Mar Menor’s Dirty Little Not-So-Secret

When you think of living in Murcia, you likely think of the warm climate, calm waters and lots of time spent outdoors. If you’re a local, you might also know Murcia as the destination for mud – that is, the therapeutic, nutrient-rich mud baths in the Mar Menor.

It sounds like a messy pastime, but mud bathing has taken place here for centuries. In fact, did you know the Mar Menor is called the “sea of health” for its warm waters and healing muds? Plenty of bathers have come to the edges of the lagoon seeking the medical benefits of mud, namely for arthritis, rheumatism, broken bones and skin conditions. It’s also been the source of natural beauty treatments for just as long, although you can now pay for the experience in some of the area’s luxury spas.

If you like the idea of mud baths in the Mar Menor … Read More

What’s Happening around Spanish Homes for Sale in Murcia, Spain

It’s a running joke among our group that whenever someone asks about the goings-on with our Spanish homes for sale in Murcia, we respond with “Well, it’s another sunny day!”

Of course, we love that Murcia has 300 days of sunshine a year (no wonder the World Health Organization named it one of the healthiest places to live), but there is also much more to this special place than the perfect weather.

Let’s take a look and what’s happening these days in and around the homes for sale in Murcia, Spain – a unique coastal region defined by tradition, eclectic culture, outdoor adventure, and amazing culinary experiences. Read More