Moratalla (Murcia)

Moratalla Travel Guide


Coat of arms of Moratalla (Murcia)

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Coordinates: 38.186389°, -1.890556°

Distance to Murcia: 84 km

Elevation: 681 m

Population: 7,588 inhabitants (2023)

Demonym: Moratallero (a)

The name of Moratalla derives from the Roman period: Murata Tallea, which means "the one that is walled with sticks".

This municipality is recognized for its wealth of Mediterranean rock art, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Likewise, the “Tamborada” of Moratalla was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2018.

The Roman cultural heritage is inscribed in its villas, in the exploitation of the salt flats, and in the economic base formed in the 16th century. Throughout its history, an architectural heritage influenced by different cultures was created, especially during the Middle Ages and the Modern Age.

The main resource of the municipality is agriculture, primarily cereals such as barley; olive cultivation and oil production; the apricot; the peach; the plum; and the almond.

In recent years, rural tourism has become a major player. It should be noted that Moratalla is among the ten most popular towns in Spain in terms of rural tourism.

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