Costa Cálida’s gastronomy back on the menu for 2021

Costa Cálida’s gastronomy back on the menu for 2021

30 November 2020

Murcia has been given a fresh chance to showcase the region’s incredible food and drink in 2021.

The south-east region of Spain, also known as the Costa Cálida, was named as the country’s Capital of Gastronomy for 2020, following in the footsteps of Almería, León (2018) and Huelva (2017). The coveted prize was awarded by the Spanish Hospitality Federation (FEHR) and the Spanish Federation of Tourism Journalists and Writers (FEPET) with festivals and a special programme of events planned.

But with so many of the events cancelled this year because of the restrictions, the title has now been extended into 2021 – welcome news for those who want to sample the region’s superb cuisine and take part in the delayed celebrations.

A spokesperson for the Instituto de Turismo de la Región de Murcia, said: “It was fantastic for Murcia to be named as the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2020 and we are delighted at the decision to extend this honour into 2021. We look forward to sharing the whole experience with our guests.”

Murcia City and the surrounding region is famed for its huge variety and exceptional quality of authentic wines, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood.

It also boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants: Restaurant Magoga in the historic city of Cartagena ( and La Cabaña in Murcia (, which holds two Michelin stars.

But it’s Mediterranean-style gastronomy can be enjoyed throughout the region with its many successful exports of fresh fruit and vegetables available in its place of origin.

There is also some incredible tapas to enjoy with the firm local favourites of marinera, zarangollo, michirones, octopus and salazones among a huge selection on offer. Also famous is the region’s Calasparra rice, which was granted the Designation of Origin status in 1982.

Aside from three outstanding wine routes in Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla, the year-round mild climate ensures visitors can make the most of the dining experience on outdoor terraces to fully indulge in the appetising offering in Murcia.
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Press release written and distributed, on behalf of the Instituto de Turismo de la Región de Murcia, by Azalea.

About Región de Murcia
The Costa Cálida, Región de Murcia is an ideal leisure and sport destination for UK travelers. The area offers year-round sunshine with an average temperature of 19.4°c and 315 days of sunshine per year.

The picturesque region is just two hours from the UK by plane, in the south-east of Spain. Región de Murcia is in a privileged setting within the Mediterranean basin and includes 252km of coastline, known as the ‘Costa Cálida’ or warm coast. Visitors can take their pick from numerous sandy beaches; a variety of water sports and diving locations; 22 top-quality golf courses, all within easy reach of each other; delicious culinary delights; relaxing spas; and the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside and regional parks.

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