What's it like living in Murcia?

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Europe > Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain

Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain The Spain Expats forum is a dedicated community of people who have moved to Spain, or who are planning to. This is the place for Expats to meet and discuss anything about moving to, & living in, Spain.

Like Tree2Likes

What's it like living in Murcia?


Reply
 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 6th April 2014, 05:34 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Gran Canaria
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 0
tammy1202 is on a distinguished road
10 likes received
20 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default What's it like living in Murcia?

Hi, I'm a British expat currently living in Gran Canaria but am looking to move to mainland Spain basically because it's more centrally located both for the UK and European destinations. I'm interested in moving to the Murcia region, probably near the coast but am interested in your opinions on the region as a whole.

Here's a background as to my motivation/inclination towards the Murcia region:
I love the sea and warm weather, hence the mediterranean coast. It has to be Spanish speaking so that rules out Catalunya and Valencia (yes I know they do speak Spanish there but I fell in love with Spanish, not a dialect and thus prefer to be surrounded predominantly by the Spanish language). I also fell in love with Spain and it's culture so like places that have that Spanish charm and aren't overly-done by tourism like the Costa del Sol.

Any information appreciated although if it helps here are some of the things I'd be keen to know about:
What are the beaches in the area like?
Opinions on the major cities in the area
Living costs
Weather year-round
Countryside (are there nice places for walks/picnics/bike rides?)
Mountains - are there nice drives into the mountains? Is there snow in the winter?
Any comparisons or photos much appreciated.
And generally what's it like living there, what do you like/dislike about living there?

If anyone knows the Canary Islands well and can compare would be very useful too! Particularly comparisons on scenery (Gran Canaria is not very green as is mostly volcanic and whilst there are mountains it's not a pleasant drive with the cliff-top drops and hairpin bends!)

And as a reference I really like the scenery in Andalucia particularly between Malaga and Gibraltar.

Look forward to reading your opinions!!
Thanks!

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 6th April 2014, 07:00 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain
Posts: 55
Rep Power: 162
andoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond reputeandoba has a reputation beyond repute
29 likes received
15 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from spain. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Hot to an extreme.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 6th April 2014, 07:03 PM
jojo's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Worthing UK/Nerja, Spain
Posts: 33,612
Rep Power: 349576
jojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond reputejojo has a reputation beyond repute
5022 likes received
5506 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

I think you need a trip or two to the mainland and have a good look around

Jo xxx

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 6th April 2014, 07:26 PM
Jumar's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Totana
Posts: 204
Rep Power: 0
Jumar is on a distinguished road
30 likes received
39 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from england. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Very hot in summer which is when we leave! This winter has been dry and windy, but we can get snow on top of the mountains and in some of the inland towns some years. For walking and biking see my blog below for an idea of walking etc. in Sierra Espuna. The language spoken is Castillian Spanish but their own version of it! Takes some understanding.
jojo likes this.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 6th April 2014, 07:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: mazarron
Posts: 1,588
Rep Power: 254
extranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond repute
562 likes received
13 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by andoba View Post
Hot to an extreme.
Winters can be cold, very chilly in evenings. Frosts are not unknown, snow is seen on top of the mountains.
Windy, sometimes very sandy winds, in combination with rain make an awful mess-lots of cleaning
Nice beaches
Sierra Espuna national park is a very beautiful area, near Aledo medieval village with stunning views.
Cartagena- huge port, wonderful buildings, lots of history
Murcia - beautiful cathedral, nice park, lots of shopping
Puerto de Mazarron- picturesque relatively unspoilt, with much improved marina
Big urbanisation-Camposol near Mazarron, mostly Brits
Area is mountainous and attractive
Regional inheritance tax allowances abolished here last year, so only the State allowance- very small.Big consideration if moving here.
Cost of living - don't know how it compares to other regions.
Factor in costs like interpreters, accountants, trips back to UK, pool cleaning if necessary.
Eating out is cheaper, but weekly groceries abut the same as UK, though no doubt others disagree
Electricity is expensive .
tammy1202 likes this.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 9th April 2014, 02:04 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Gran Canaria
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 0
tammy1202 is on a distinguished road
10 likes received
20 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jojo View Post
I think you need a trip or two to the mainland and have a good look around

Jo xxx
Yes, a trip or two would definitely be the best way. I know mainland Spain quite well and lived in Andalucia for 6 months quite some years back, but never made it to the Murcian coast.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 9th April 2014, 02:17 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Gran Canaria
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 0
tammy1202 is on a distinguished road
10 likes received
20 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jaws101 View Post
Very hot in summer which is when we leave! This winter has been dry and windy, but we can get snow on top of the mountains and in some of the inland towns some years. For walking and biking see my blog below for an idea of walking etc. in Sierra Espuna. The language spoken is Castillian Spanish but their own version of it! Takes some understanding.
I had a look at your blog and the photos of Sierra Espuna. It looks pretty green compared to Gran Canaria! Thanks for the link, the photos really help to get an idea of the landscape in the area.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 9th April 2014, 02:48 PM
Jumar's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Totana
Posts: 204
Rep Power: 0
Jumar is on a distinguished road
30 likes received
39 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from england. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

The mountains in the Sierra are green due to all the pine trees. Unfortunately not much else is green this spring due to the lack of rain so far this year. Not had any real rain since Christmas day last year and so there are hardly any flowers and the bees have all been moved elsewhere. This weather is fantastic for winter visitors but not for the farmers, although because of rain that fell elsewhere in Spain we have a good supply of water for irrigation coming via the Tajo-Segura canal.

Sierra Espuna is fantastic for walking and mountain biking and the coast, which is quite unspoilt, is about 30 minutes drive away, where again there are good walks to be done.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 9th April 2014, 02:50 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 0
GallineraGirl is on a distinguished road
50 likes received

Default

We have travelled widely around Spain and, to be honest, Murcia s one of our least favourite areas, although some towns e.g Cartegena are very pleasant. Inland from the Costa Blanca there some really beautiful mountain areas with much prettier villages and, unless you go very high up, a mild and pleasant climate, and scenery which is less arid. A short distance away is the coast with all the facilities that you could wish for. The inland villages are also thriving communities. In the Murcia area we found nothing open in the evenings and we drove miles to find even a simple bar meal If you may be intending to leave money/ property to those resident in Spain after your death, as has already been mentioned, the tax to pay in Murcia could be very high indeed. Other areas in Spain e.g. Valencia, have much bigger allowances.I would not live there for this reason alone.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 10th April 2014, 05:34 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: mazarron
Posts: 1,588
Rep Power: 254
extranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond reputeextranjero has a reputation beyond repute
562 likes received
13 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in spain.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GallineraGirl View Post
We have travelled widely around Spain and, to be honest, Murcia s one of our least favourite areas, although some towns e.g Cartegena are very pleasant. Inland from the Costa Blanca there some really beautiful mountain areas with much prettier villages and, unless you go very high up, a mild and pleasant climate, and scenery which is less arid. A short distance away is the coast with all the facilities that you could wish for. The inland villages are also thriving communities. In the Murcia area we found nothing open in the evenings and we drove miles to find even a simple bar meal If you may be intending to leave money/ property to those resident in Spain after your death, as has already been mentioned, the tax to pay in Murcia could be very high indeed. Other areas in Spain e.g. Valencia, have much bigger allowances.I would not live there for this reason alone.
I agree about the IHT. However, abolishing the regional allowance could happen in any other state in Spain. Previously, Murcia also had a generous allowance! The whole business of regional allowances requires overhauling, and a new decent state allowance, fair to all, needs to be introduced. Until then people will be put off moving here.The government of Murcia clearly doesn't realise that it is shooting itself in the foot, and stifling investment.
As regards Murcia having nothing open in the evening, have you been to the Mazarron region, to the port, Bolnuevo etc?

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Tags
murcia

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live
Expat From Country
Please select the country you originate from. This will appear as a flag when you make posts on the site.
Expat To Country
Please select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to. This will be presented on the site when you make posts.

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Murcia allyson46 Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain 4 13th July 2013 12:26 PM
cost of living Murcia IFAnorman Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain 6 30th August 2011 05:24 PM
Living In Murcia grsoprendo Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain 3 28th February 2010 05:50 PM
murcia lainsy Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain 0 15th September 2008 08:20 PM

FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.