Alhama de Murcia Castle

Alhama de Murcia Travel Guide


Coat of arms of Alhama de Murcia (Murcia)

Alhama de Murcia
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Coordinates: 37.851389°, -1.426389°

Distance to Murcia: 36 km

Elevation: 176 m

Population: 23,280 inhabitants (2023)

Demonym: Alhameño (a)

The history of Alhama de Murcia is linked to the use of its thermal waters, which attracted Romans and Arabs. Hence, the origin of its name, as Alhama comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, whose meaning is "thermal bath".

It stands out for its citrus crops (lemons, oranges, and grapefruits), as well as its vineyards. Alhama de Murcia is also dedicated to livestock, which has led to the development of an important industry derived from the use of pork.

The municipality of Alhama de Murcia is known for the great diversity of landscapes, the Guadalentin river, and its attractive ravines, located at the foot of the Sierra Espuña. In particular, its parks are recognized for the richness of their fauna, which has led to the Sierra Espuña Regional Park being recognized as a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA).

The Castle of Alhama de Murcia stands out. It is a fortress of Islamic origin built between the 11th and 12th centuries. The castle is located on a steep hill (285 meters) dominating the town. It is built in a strategic place that met all the necessary conditions to control the Guadalentin Valley.

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