This summer, at least in Region of Murcia and some provinces of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, there are good weather nights (cross-fingers to keep this weather). Around 17 to 20 Celsius degrees at night, because last year we reached 30 Celsius degrees at night. So, it is really nice to walk around cities like Murcia by night.
Image: Old Bridge, built in 1741. The first bridge over Segura river.
Visit labels to see more photos on this bridge, or just visit photos taken on: September 2008, December 2008 (daylight and by night), and April 2009.
Since not long ago, this pedestrian bridge has been illuminated with bright colours. It makes a sequence of colours.
Here is a picture of one night in August 2009. Here again, daylight, in May 2009.
This bridge is in the city of Murcia, on the River Segura.
Views of Santiago de la Ribera, next to Mar Menor.
Santiago is a district of San Javier. It has 4km of beach on Mar Menor.
At these 4km beach, there are several sailing schools, as Socaire.
The Mar Menor is ideal for sailing sports throughout the year.
Views from La Manga of Mar Menor.
In 2013, there were 24 Blue Flags on the coast of the Region of Murcia. In 2016, 40 Blue Flags.
The Blue Flag is an award given annually since 1987 by Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches and marinas that meet a range of environmental conditions and facilities.
The criteria for the Blue Flag are grouped into four areas: quality of bathing water, environmental education and information, environmental management and security, services and facilities.
Region of Murcia has 170km of coastline, of which 73 km are the perimeter of Mar Menor (the biggest salt lagoon in Europe).
Due to climate in Region of Murcia, it is ideal for water sports.
Image: Standup paddleboarding (is Spain, this water sport is named "Paddle Surf"). This capture was take it in a beach of Mazarron.
Garden at former artillery barracks. Located at neighborhood of El Carmen.
This granite stone is suspended on water and it is possible to turn it with your hands. Children enjoy it a lot.
Another perpectives from here on 2009 and 2008 (I recommend the 2008 shot).
All that surrounded the Graffiti Jam Murcia, included Hip-Hop. There were several dancers who showed us their breakdancing skills to the rhythm of Funky music, Hip-Hop music, ..., by a live DJ,
After that, it was the turn for rappers, rapping in live.
June has finished and now July starts with the Theme Day at citydailyphoto.org with Look Down.
Image: view from the top of "the enchanted city of Bolnuevo" to the beach of Bolnuevo (Mazarrón - Region of Murcia). This place could be a land of a planet from Star Wars or Star Trek movies.
Behind this building that seems on fire, it is (or it was) the bonfire of the City of Alicante. Difficult to be there to see it because of the high temperatures that had there.
Image from last Bonfires of St John at Alicante.
Six months ago we have to elect our prime minister (well, our congress), but the result was a mixture of political parties that have generated a new general elections because they did not reach any agreement. At this time, the result has not been very clear, so politicians will have to agree to form a government. If not, we will have to vote again.
Image: time of my vote. The greatest right in a democracy. Long live to democracy!
Last night was a magic night. Lots of bonfires were lit around the Spanish coasts to celebrate the St John's night. A pagan fiesta in its origin.
Image: bonfire on a beach at Alicante coast (80 km from Murcia), by JAAM.
At Royal Casino of Murcia.
Arab courtyard (Patio Árabe), whose spectacular neo-Moorish decor style, work of Manuel Castaños, required more than 20,000 sheets of gold leaf. An inscription in Arabic that reads "Nothing greater than Allah" is repeated along the entire perimeter. Remember that the building was built at early of 20th century.
This civil building is the most visited in Murcia.
I am going to show you a few photos of this place. About its history and a picture of the beautiful facade, here.
Website of this private club, here. (Spanish).
Image: a small neo-baroque style entrance hall.
Since May 14th 2016 is held the 750 anniversary of Council of Murcia.
What happened 750 years ago? We must contextualize:
City of Murcia was a Muslim kingdom with agreements with the Kingdom of Castile since 1243 when it was conquered. But in 1266, Muslims in the kingdom, did not want to continue paying taxes to the Kingdom of Castile, so revolted. This revolt was appeased by the King of Aragon, Jaime I "The Conqueror" which came at the request of the Prince of Castile, his son in law, Alfonso who became Alfonso X "The Wise", King of Castile from 1252 till 1284.
On May 14, 1266, Alfonso X granted legal recognition to the council of the city of Murcia. The population was still overwhelmingly Muslim, with some Jews and other Christians who were added gradually. But it was a Christian city and as such would have a governing body to Castilian style, with its own emblem that identified on its seal (to validate documents and correspondence of the Council) and its banner (the banner guiding troops of the Council).
So, from May 14th, 2016 and until next May 14th, 2017, the city of Murcia will celebrate this event.
Official information about this event at 750aniversario.murcia.es. (Only in Spanish).
Image: 750 anniversary banner on the New Town Hall building by Moneo. Here a picture of this building, also a view from tower of the Cathedral.
Today we celebrate the day of the Region of Murcia. 34 years of Autonomy of the Region of Murcia.
This year was held in the city of Murcia, with hundreds of activities, especially for children, marching bands down the street, paratrooper exhibition, activities in the Segura river (canoeing, rafting, ...).
During this year we celebrate 750 anniversary of Municipality of Murcia.
I now realize that on June the 4th, this blog turned 8 years. I completely forgot. Time goes by. You can visit previous Anniversaries here.
Today I bring here a photo I found (see below) around the Internet from early of 20th century, from a similar perspective than the picture that I present. The Segura river passing through city of Murcia. The building on the right is the former Hotel Victoria, today is a residential building and commercial premises.
Siguiendo la corriente de la comunidad CityDailyPhoto, me he propuesto dejar en este blog fotos de Murcia, como forma de mostrar al mundo qué joya de ciudad y de provincia tenemos. Agradecer al creador de ParisDailyPhoto su gran idea de mostrar la ciudad de uno mismo desde otro punto de vista. Following the tide of community CityDailyPhoto, I proposed to leave in this blog photos of Murcia, as a way to show to the world what a jewel of city and province we have. Thanks to the creator of ParisDailyPhoto for his great idea to show the city of oneself from another angle.
The Region of Murcia is located in the southeastern of Spain, between Andalusia (west), Castilla-La Mancha (North), Valencia (East) and the Mediterranean Sea (South).
The city of Murcia is the capital of the Region. Other major cities are: Cartagena, Lorca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Jumilla, Yecla, Bullas, Mazarrón, Aguilas ...