The Intriguing Story of Medieval Caravaca de la Cruz

December 1st, 2017|Categories: Caravaca de la Cruz|

The famous Caravaca Cross is composed of a vertical arm and the defining two unequal length horizontal arms giving the ‘double’ cross shape.  According to tradition, it belonged to the [...]

History and Caravaca de la Cruz to the Romans

November 1st, 2017|Categories: Caravaca de la Cruz, COSTA CALIDA CHRONICLE ARTICLES|

Caravaca de la Cruz (literally ‘Caravaca of the Cross’) is one of a number of delightful small towns in Northwest Murcia, some 40 miles from the City of Murcia itself.  [...]

A history of Mazarrón to Modern Times

October 25th, 2017|Categories: COSTA CALIDA CHRONICLE ARTICLES, FROM TOWN TO TOWN, Mazarrón|

Coming to the 18th Century, we arrive at times of war (the War of Spanish Succession), when, during the earliest years of the century Murcia was, once again, dangerous frontier [...]

A history of Mazarrón in the 16th & 17th Centuries

August 29th, 2017|Categories: Mazarrón|

By the middle of the 16th Century moves for Mazarrón to gain its independence from Lorca were strongly afoot with the Marquises of Vélez and Villena and the Genoese who were directing the profitable alum trade, at the helm. […]

A history of Mazarrón from the Romans to the late Middle Ages

July 29th, 2017|Categories: Mazarrón|

After the Romans, things appear to have dropped into a relatively quiet period – at least in terms of remains still to be seen – during the times of Visigoth and Byzantine settlers. […]

A history of Mazarrón from Prehistoric to Roman Times

June 26th, 2017|Categories: Mazarrón|

Mazarrón is a relatively small town comprising several distinct areas. There is the Port of Mazarrón, in past times concentrating on fishing, but more recently, a favoured seaside location for local people and visitors alike. […]

A famous Murcian – Fransisco Salzillo

May 31st, 2017|Categories: Murcia|

One of the most intriguing figures in the history of Murcia City is a sculptor, Francisco Salzillo, whose life covered much of the 18th Century. Salzillo’s father, Nicolás, arrived in Murcia from Naples (which was, at that time, part of Spain) at the end of the 17th Century and his son, Francisco, was born on 12th May 1707. […]

A Warrior Priest: Luis Belluga y Moncada

April 27th, 2017|Categories: Murcia|

In our book ‘Exploring Murcia: Murcia City’, one individual who stands out for his role in the city and indeed more generally in the course of Spanish history in the 18th century, was a certain Luis Belluga y Moncada. […]

A famous Murcian – José Moniño, The Count of Floridablanca

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Murcia|

In front of the Iglesia del Carmen, near the centre of Murcia City are the Floridablanca Gardens. It is well worthwhile simply walking through them if you are going to the city centre from the direction of the railway station, rather than just continuing along the roadside. […]