.The council is located at the transition point between the two landscapes, the Douro and Trás-os-Montes. Turning south, we see a pleasant, obviously prosperous landscape of vineyards and olive groves. To the north, mountain slopes and cliffs, less productive. For a long time, Murça was known as having only one street, which coincided with National Road 15. But the urban development of the past decades has opened up new streets, avenues and squares, giving it a city look. The most significant historical and architectural heritage is found, obviously, in the old quarter. More thanany other monument, it is the Murça Pig that symbolises the town. This is a granite sculpture, representing a quadrupede. The town inhabitants first believed it to be a bear devasting the region and which had to be eliminated. Then, it became a sow. But the clearly visible masculine attributes can have only one interpretation: it is in fact a boar (uncastrated male pig), of the same type as those found frequently in the eastern part of Trás-os-Montes, related with a fertility cult of pre-Roman peoples. At any rate, it is today a monument rising proudly on a pedestal in the centre of the main square. The Mother Church, the Chapel of Mercy with its exuberant baroque façade, the stone pillory and one or two manor houses are other points of interest.

The proximity to the Jales gold mine determines the existence of certain remains of the Romanisation, namely bridges and pavements. From even earlier times, there are some megalithic monuments and "castros" (fortified camps), of which the best known and best organised is Crasto de Palheiros. The principal agricultural productions areolive oil and wine. But the latter has earned a place of distinction on the Portuguese wine list. Murça produces great table wines as well as fine wines, which have repeatedly won awards in national and international competitions. All go well with the local gastronomy: with the meat of a "cozido à portuguesa" (Portuguese stew) or with some of the more savoury dessert specialties, inherited from the Benedictine nuns who had a convent in Murça: "toucinho-do-céu" (sweet made of egg yolks and sugar) and "queijadas" (kind of cottage cheese tartlets).