Due to the restrictions for COVID-19, many of the usual events in the area have been cancelled or changed. Street Markets have been reinstated with the usual conditions such as keeping social distancing and the wearing of masks. Please adhere to these conditions for everyone’s safety. Check at Tourist Offices to confirm that events are still taking place.
Tel 968 493 285 – Sat Market
Every Saturday – Antique & Collectable Market near the Railway Station. From 10am.
August is traditionally ‘fiesta time’ in Aguilas, but due to Covid-19, there will be no fireworks this year. There will though be a full programme of music and cinema organised along Levante and Poniente Bays. Most of the events will be free. Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be compulsory.
Check at the Tourist Office for the full programme of events.
Organised walks and guided tours are limited to 15-20 people depending on the route during the Covid- restrictions.
Every Sunday in August – Cuarto Calas Walk 10am from Playa Calarrona 5€. Tel 616 411 061 for more information.
Every Monday in August – Visit Mysterious Aguilas 5€ (under 8yrs free) 10pm from Fishing Port (Icarus)
Every Wednesday in August – Visit Historic Aguilas 5€ (under 8yrs free) 10am from Fishing Port (Icarus)
Tues/Wed/Thu during August – Guided Tour to Embarcadero del Horillo 5€ (under 8yrs free) 6pm from roundabout near cinema
Saturday 1st, 15th & 29th August – Free Guided Tour of Historic Aguilas – 11am from Tourist Office
Sunday 16th August (Spanish) – Ruta del Ferrocarril (Railway Route)
Saturday 8th & 22nd Aug – Route through the Cabo Cope and Puntas de Calnegre Regional Park, allowing you to enjoy the natural and cultural sites. You will pass through nesting areas for different species of birds, numerous coves of singular beauty, remains of Roman settlements, a crypto wetland located on Saladar Beach and even a hole in the ground from which thermal water emanates.
The use of mask is mandatory with social distancing between people from different families. Hydroalcoholic gel will be provided by the guide. A maximum of 15 people will be permitted on the walk. Comfortable clothing and footwear, hat, bottle of water and sunscreen are recommended. In good weather we also recommend swimming clothes to enjoy a good dip at the end of the route on one of the visited beaches.
4.7km/low difficulty/2½ hrs.
Alhama de Murcia
Tel 968 633 51 – Tues Market
There are some fabulous walks in the Sierra Espuña National Park.
Go to http://turismo.alhamademurcia.es and click on Paths of Sierra Espuña. You will find full details of all walks available and a map that you can download.
Every Wednesday – Hacienda del Alamo Women’s Association Coffee Morning @ The Club House 10am-12pm
Tel 968 441 914 – Thurs Market
Lorca Castle – general entry 6€. Guided Tours available in English for 4€ on Thursdays at 10.30am for 22€ to include lunch, with special packages Mon-Fri (15€). Check at Tourist Office for full details.
Tel 968 594 426 – Sat Market
Free Guided Tours in Mazarrón area.
Visit the Tourist Office or www.visitamazarron.es for full details of all tours.
Programme For Families During August
July saw the start of ‘Veranos de Barrio’, an initiative proposed by the Department of Celebrations to involve different neighbourhoods and various districts in Mazarrón, to include the screening of movies, musicals, puppets and magic.
The activities are completely free and will be carried out always respecting the preventive security measures during COVID-19. It is intended to have the feeling of closeness and familiarity among citizens who live together, especially children. There will be the screening of films every Wednesday, musicals on Thursdays and puppets and magic on Fridays starting around 10pm.
El Salitre (Plaza del Salitre)
Wednesday August 5th – Film – 10 Days without Mom
Thursday August 6th – Children’s Musical – Beauty & The Beast
Friday August 7th – Puppets and Magic
Bolnuevo (Beach next to the Camping)
Wednesday August 12th – Film – Pets 2
Thursday August 13th – Children’s Musical – Shreck is Leaving!
Friday August 14th – Puppets and Magic
La Majada (Sports Track)
Wednesday August 19th – Film – Super Lopez
Thursday August 20th – Children’s Musical – The Adventures of La Ratita
Friday August 21st – Puppets and Magic
La Ermita (Paseo del Santo)
Wednesday August 26th – Film – La Pequena Traviesa
Thursday August 27th – Children’s Musical – Sleeping Beauty
Friday August 28th – Puppets and Magic
Tel 968 436 153 – Fri Market
Saturdays (6.30pm) & Sundays (11am) discover the historical and patrimonial wealth of Puerto Lumbreras through Medina Nogalte visiting its cave-houses and the Nogalte Castle. From Craftsman workshop cave house, reception of Medina Nogalte. 7pm. 3€ (under 10’s free). Payment due 2 days prior to visit @ ES 12 3058 0204 15 2732000020-City Hall of Puerto Lumbreras.
Tel 968 418 153 – Wed Market/Fri in El Pareton
Saturdays & Sundays – Guided Visit to La Bastida 3.40€ (2.50€ disc) 10am/12pm. Book at Tourist Office
Saturdays – Free Guided Visit Museum Of The Tower Of Santiago 10am
The first level hosts the chapter house that refers to the lands of Totana; the Order of Santiago. The second level is the choir of the church, which shows the Mudejar coffered ceiling of the temple and the explanation of its chapels. The next level is known as ‘the bride’s room’, which was the old house of the bell ringer. The fourth level cannot be visited as it contains the current clock. The last level is the bell tower, where the second oldest bell of the Diocese is located, dating from 1470.
Saturdays & Sundays – Guided Visit to La Bastida 4€. 10am/12pm. 10 people required for the tour
Right on your doorstep is one the important discoveries in European Prehistory, famously known as the Troy of Murcia.
The historical site of La Bastida was built 4,200 years ago and archaeologists believe that the fortification was designed by people with advanced military knowledge from the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt, after a crisis laid waste to their regions 4,300 years ago. Constructed using a design never before seen in the West, the military innovation of the postern gate was not adopted by the Hittites and Mycenaeans until 400 and 800 years after the Murcian fort was built.
The fort was built on the rise of a hill and protected a city of four hectares, constructed with three metre thick walls, square towers that reached over seven metres high, a monumental entrance with a postern gate and a pointed arch, which still remains intact. This Bronze Age fortification was built for defence and combat and was unique in the art of conducting and resisting sieges (poliorcetics). Strong evidence suggests the emergence of a state structure and hierarchy which then caused a spectacular increase in violence.
“La Bastida was probably the most powerful city in continental Europe during the Bronze Age.”
North West Murcia
Tel 968 652 244 Market Tues
Sunday 5th August – Artisan Market
El Zacatin artisan market 9am-2pm in the squares of Plazas Vieja and Castillo, along Calle San Anton. Workshops for the family, demonstrations, costumes and street entertainers together with crafts and produce.
Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla.
Guided tours (in English) for only 2 persons (5€ pp) or there is an audio guide system in English.
Museo del Vino has a shop with bodega prices.
To visit either/info, tel 968 657 211, Tourist Office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel 968 745 325 Market Fri
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Tel 968 702 424 Market Mon
Sunday 16th August – Artisan Market
A museum gem explores Caravaca’s history of skilled craftsmanship and remarkable engineering. An amazing collection of miniatures portray these skills, including Caravaca’s manufacture/export of espadrilles. Located at Calle Puentecilla No 3, Bajo.
Tel 968 795 620 for opening times.
The Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments in Barranda is signposted and easy access for mobility issues. 5% of his 4,000-piece collection rotates in the space available. 3€ (reduced 2€/child 1€). Check opening times with Tourist Office.
Tel 968 723 550 Market Wed
Sunday 23rd August – El Mesoncico Artisan Market in the historic Plaza del Castillo with produce, crafts, music, food and demonstrations. Open from 10am-3pm with a carnival atmosphere including drumming groups, mask-making workshops and free chocolate-drenched tortas fritas.
The Archaeological See of Begastri open Saturdays & Sundays for tours: 10am-2pm. A video presentation is followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century BC. 2€ pp.
Eco Park ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ for family activities including zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. They can host any type of event. Campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu – and you can book.
Open weekends 10am-5pm; weekdays prior booking.
Tel 968 069 202 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
Tel 968 780 237 Market Tues
Lovers of art should visit the Saorin Painting Museum, a small museum of works by the local artist, Jesus Lozano Saorin and others from the area. Includes sculptures and canvasses.
Reserve guided visit on 660 959 631.
Check out the Archaeological Museum (tel 968 757 379) and the Ethnography & Natural Sciences Museum (tel 968 780 740) which also offer various workshops for all the family at various times.
Tel 968 730 208 Market Sat
Tours to the Rock Art of Moratalla are available encapsulating prehistoric to medieval styles and worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage status. There are several routes and modes of transport – details on www.turismomoratalla.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or tel 696 807 037
Tel 968 661 501 Market Sat
Sunday 9th August – Artisan Market
El Cigarralejo Museum and Casa Pinatada with relatively new exhibitions may have escaped your attention to-date – info from Tourist Office.
Tel 968 358 749
Tel 968 754 104 Market Wed
Visit Deortegas Almazara to learn about their olive oil production. Limited places – they will try to fit you in with a group or accommodate your group. 8€ pp includes a blind tasting of various oils, a healthy breakfast and a comprehensive guide to the nutritional benefits, origins, production techniques and much more. English-speaking staff has to be pre-booked on request.
Tel 968 969 644