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
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.
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
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
Spain is arguably the best place to buy a retirement home in Europe right now. Not only are the prices attractive, but interest rates are also at historic lows. Despite the slight cost increase anticipated this year, the Spanish real estate market is booming. Aside from the numbers, there are other reasons you’ll fall in love with the luxury retirement homes for sale in Murcia – three that we’ll highlight for you.
Just the Right Size for Retirement
The luxury homes for sale in Murcia are available in various sizes and styles, but all can accommodate your needs in retirement. From one-bedroom apartments to three-bedroom villas, you’ll have your choice when it comes to personal space. Many of the retirement homes for sale feature a desirable outdoor living area, whether it’s your own personal swimming pool and terrace or a shared exterior space where you can meet and … Read More
Spain is a major powerhouse throughout the world when it comes to Sports. Football is most likely the first sport that comes to mind when you think of sport in Spain, as two of them most dominant teams in the world, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid FC are of course Spanish. Other sports where the Spanish excel include basketball, golf, motorcycling, cycling, tennis, and Formula One.
However, you don’t have to be as accomplished as Rafa Nadal or Marc Márquez to enjoy the sporty lifestyle Spain has to offer. One of the most compelling reasons why the British move to Spain is unsurprisingly for the weather, and this naturally leads to spending much more time outdoors than most people are accustomed to in rainy and dreary Britain. As a result, even those who have never partaken in any type of sporting activity find themselves becoming more active when they move … Read More
No matter where in Murcia you may be hanging your hat these days, you’re bound to see cyclists around town, in the mountains and along the coast. In fact, there are some places you’re likely to see more bikes than cars. It’s a bike-friendly area, and that’s one of the reasons why so many people go cycling in Murcia.
Cycling for Sport and Leisure
The unique terrain of Murcia lends itself to some spectacular biking routes. Of course, you have the mountain paths for a challenging ride and some of the best scenery. But you also have tranquil breezeways by the water, where you can take your mind off things and enjoy the year-round comfortable temperatures. In our opinion, one of the best ways to really see the area is to go cycling in Murcia. You just can’t get the same experience from driving.
You don’t have to be in the region of Murcia for very long to notice the water is where’s it at. On most days, you’ll find folks commanding various watercraft across the calm currents of the Mar Menor lagoon. Or, for the more agile among us, taking on the challenging pace of the Mar Mayor (Mediterranean). Personally, one of our favorite pursuits is sailing in Costa Calida, which can be enjoyed a few different ways.
Learning to Sail in Costa Calida
Whether you’ve never been sailing before or you’ve primarily been a passenger, you can easily get your feet wet by taking sailing lessons in Costa Calida. There are more than 25 water sports centers to help you do so, including the Mar Menor Water Sports Consortium. Once you go through the necessary training and obtain a license, there are plenty of places that have sailboats available for you … Read More
It’s hard not to notice all of the water sports that happen here, especially if you spend any amount of time near the waterfront. One of our favorite pastimes is to go windsurfing in the Mar Menor, and the best part is you can do it year-round.
With 300 days of sunshine, the Costa Calida (Murcia) offers up the perfect environment for windsurfing. The water is relatively quiet in this region, and it’s also very shallow. There are lots of places that offer lessons and rental equipment up and down the coast – from Mar Menor and La Manga to Mazarron and Aguilas. The Darsena de Dos Mares is a popular sporting beach in La Manga, where you can go windsurfing in the Mar Menor’s warm waters and take advantage of the favorable wind patterns.
Another bonus: you don’t have to know how to windsurf to go windsurfing here. … Read More
Just as skiers flock to Baqueria-Beret or La Molina when they want to hit the slopes, golfers congregate here along our generous coastline for what many consider a premier destination for golf resorts in Murcia – and what we call the playground of the Costa Calida.
So Many Golf Resorts in Murcia
The Murcia province alone has 18 courses with more under construction. Ten of these courses are within 30 minutes of the San Javier Airport, making them super convenient for meeting clients or guests. The greens fees are reasonable, and each one offers a unique course design and playing experience.
Mar Menor Golf Resort in Murcia, for example, is home to an 18-hole design by renowned architect Dave Thomas and Jack Nicklaus. It is the original course on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail, a collection of six of the finest golf courses in Murcia. The resort offers a … Read More