Sucina is a small traditional inland Spanish village, located 29 km from the capital Murcia, 32 km from Covera Airport and 16 km from the coast. The municipality has just over 2,000 inhabitants and agricultural has been its main industry. In resent years residential golf urbanizations have sprung up around the town creating ‘residential tourism’ which has been a boost for the local economy.
Within the village there has also been quite some development but some of the old charm has been retained, especially around the main square where the church named ‘Nuestra Señora del Rosario’ dominates the ‘Plaza’.
Around the church square you will find a bar, restaurant, and a bank, whilst a local bakery is up the hill behind the church, other services available include a supermarket, medical centre, opticians, hairdressers, hostels, and a petrol station.
Sucina can be traced back to prehistoric times, and has many remains from Iberian and Roman settlements, however, the foundation of the village as it exists today, dates back to 1744 when the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario was built by Don Fernando Baltasar Arteaga, around which the village developed.
Although Sucina is inland it is just 15 km from the neighbouring municipality of San Javier with access to the Mar Menor where the visitor will find themselves spoilt for choice as the area boasts 40 km of beaches, some within the shallow protected lagoon and others facing the open sea. The sand is fine and the waters clean, attracting the European Blue Flag award. Beaches of note include La Manga and Santiago de la Ribera.
The mild climate in the Murcia region makes the area a perfect destination for golf lovers, who can enjoy the 22 golf courses virtually all year round, with facilities to accommodate golfers of every level. Nearby you will find the prestigious La Peraleja and Hacienda Riquelme golf courses.
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The fertile inland plains produces an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood is landed daily by the local fishing fleet and farmed meat and game are brought down from the mountains, ensuring a rich selection of foods to suit every taste in which rice is prominent.
Traditional dishes include;
- Arroz y Conejo – Rice with Rabbit
- Paella Huertana – Vegetable Paella
- Arroz de Verduras – Rice and Vegetables
- Arroz Marinero – Seafood Rice
- Arroz y Costillejas – Rice and Ribs
- Potaje – a Rich Stew Dish
- Menestra – a dish of Sautéed Vegetables
- Habas con jamón – Broad Beans and Serrano Ham
- Caldo Murciano – a local Soup Dish
- Huevas de Mújol – a type of Caviar
The fiesta of Sucina’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Rosario is celebrated in October with processions, music, singing, and dancing. It is a lively three day event accompanied with traditional food and drink.
Holy week, Semana Santa, is quite spectacular with a re-enactment of the Calvary scene in the main square. The carnival in February adds a splash of colour to a winters day.