Cieza is a typical Spanish town and is the capital of the Vega Alta in the autonomous province of Murcia. There are around 32,000 inhabitants and there are many interesting buildings to see in this delightful town, including the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Asuncion Church, the Convent of Saint Joaquín monastery, which was built in the 17th century and the Hermitage of Saint Bartholomew, a medieval tower which was transformed into a Church in the 18th century. It is from this Church that the harvest celebrations are carried out every year. The “Monk’s Market” is held on the first Sunday of every month near the Plaza de España and here you will find many types of artisan work typical of the region, an interesting way of learning more about this area. One of the main industries is the cultivation of the land, producing peaches and olives. The area is also well known for the numerous caves and cavities, making it ideal for potholing and as the town borders on the River Segura, there are also sports such as rafting and fishing carried out nearby.
The Patron Saint of Cieza is Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event) and fiestas held in her honour at the end of September.
3rd of May – Santo Cristo de Consuelo.
24th-31st August – San Bartholomew