August shines bright at the height of summer and the fiesta-mood is in full flow, yet the cool of night also has plenty of entertainment to offer so there’s no excuse not to find the right entertainment to make your summer special.
Stay informed online with the Costa Cálida Chronicle website and blog and the relevant tourist office websites.
T: 968 652 244. Market Saturday
Sunday 5th August – Artisan Market 9am-2pm
Friday 24th – Moonlit Walk
This can be delightful in the summer for keen trekkers. A 3hr walk departs from the Plaza de Espana at 10pm and you’ll need suitable clothing and footwear, torch, snack and water. Pre-registration is required through Informa Joven Bullas Tel 968 654 868. Free for members of the group which includes insurance, 3€ for those registered with the regional walking federation and 5€ for others.
Bullas is renowned for its heritage of wine production and The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla has authentic furnishings and décor and guided tours (in English). (3€ or 2€ for large groups).
Tel 968 657 211
There is an audio guide system in English to explain each room.
T: 968 745 325. Market Friday
There is a monthly Sunday Artisan Market at the Sanctuary of La Esperanza – check online for the date/time.
Municipal Swimming Pool
Swimming lessons: Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri at 11am, 1pm & 2pm. 24€.
Aguagym: Mon, Tue & Thur at 10am and 8pm. 24€.
Gymn for pregnant women: Tue at 10am & Thur at 11am. 19€
Swimming for babies: Thur at 11am. 10€.
Pilates in the water: Wed & Thur at 8pm. 19€.
Book 10am-12pm or 5pm-7pm at the Box Office at the Pool or at Sporttia.com
Saturday 25th August – Guided 42km Walk
Organised by The Blade Runners and Calasparra Town Hall this walk is up and around the Sierra del Puerta on the night of the shooting stars, known as the “Tears of St Laurence.” 9pm from Calasparra Station. 15€
T: 968 702 424 Market Monday
Sunday 19th August – Free Guided Tour of the historical quarter, rich in history and architectural splendour. 11am from Castle and Basilica. It’s in Spanish but highly visual with leaflets in English and info boards in both languages. The tour concludes at the usual monthly Artisan Market in the Glorieta alongside the Templete. Reserve a place via the tourist office.
T: 968 723 550 Market Wednesday
A choice of summer activities available throughout August – find out all the info on 968 740 606 or pop in to the Tourist Office in front of the Town Hall.
Thursday 2nd-5th August – 16th Begastri Lan Party http://www.begastrilanparty.es with many activities for computer fans at the Local Sport Centre ‘Rosendo Berenguï’.
Party-on at fiestas happening in the districts of El Chaparral (10th-15th August) and Canara (14th-19th August) to honour the Virgen de la Peña: enjoy concerts with live music, dancing if you wish and fair amusements.
Film buffs can enjoy the following screenings at 10.30pm at the cinema in the Patio de la Sala Camelot:
1st August – La La Land
9th August – Thor Ragnarok
16th August – Ratatouille
23rd August – Deadpool
Tuesday 7th & Saturday 25th – Free Moonlit Guided Tour in Spanish explores the history and origin of the town, visiting many significant buildings of historical importance, including palaces, churches, mansions, the archaeological museum and splendid countryside views. Guides often speak some English and it is a great way for an initial exploration of this scenic hilltop town (wear sturdy footwear). 8pm from the Plaza del Castillo. 2.5hrs Prior registration for limited places via the Tourist Office is required.
The Archaeological See of Begastri is open for tours on Saturdays & Sundays in August at 10.10am/11.15am & 12.20pm. 2€ pp. The tour begins with a video presentation followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century BC.
The Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ has activities for all the family and all ages including zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. There is a campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu. Open each weekend 10am-5pm. Weekdays prior booking required.
Tel 968 069 202 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237 Market Tuesday
Thursday 9th August – A celebration of local wines in the evening kicks-off the annual fiestas: a party atmosphere with local wines and food held at Salones Pio XII located on the road leading to the monastery of Santa Ana. Tickets 25€ from Edificio Roque Banos in Plaza Alcoholera de Menor. 9pm until midnight.
10th-19th August – a myriad of fiesta events to entertain you:
11th & 12th August – Cuidad de Jumilla National Folklore Festival
Music in the streets, a parade and a folk music evening in Plaza de Arriba featuring Luar Na Lubre (time and ticket price TBC)
13th, 14th, 16th & 18th August – Grape Harvest Fiesta
Children’s and traditional parades – perhaps the most renowned being on the 18th when thousands of litres of wine showers anyone in range – it’s customary to wear white and embrace the wine showers!
12th to 15th August – Moors and the Christians Fiesta
The procession of the Virgen de la Asuncion, the taking of the castle, and a costume parade.
15th August – Pasion Vega
The extremely popular flamenco-pop singer performs her own fusion-style in concert at the Arzobispo Lozano School. 15€s pp if bought in advance through the Tourist Office.
17th August – 30th Anniversary Tour of the Spanish metal folk band (yes, really!) Mago de Oz.
They perform at the Arzobispo Lozano School. 5€ pp if bought in advance through the Tourist Office (8€ on the gate)
An amazing choice to tempt you to visit Jumilla.
T: 968 730 208 Market Saturday
Saturday 4th August– The fantastic setting of Moratalla Castle is the venue for a concert featuring Marwan with his distinctive voice. 11.30pm and tickets in advance at 20€ from Tourist Office or www.compralaentrada.com
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. For more information and cost, contact www.turismomoratalla.com
Tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Saturday
Sunday 12th August – monthly Artisan Market 10am-2pm in Las 4 Plazas in the centre of the Old Quarter. Browse through local produce, craft goods made from esparto grass, ceramics and antique artefacts.
T: 968 358 749
The archaeological museum in Murcia presents a Prehistoric Rock Art Exhibition until 30th September.
Approximately 100 display items inform on stone-age paintings and findings from caves around Cieza (and Almadenes canyon) and Calasparra. ‘Mas que Cuevas’ at the MAM
Open: Tues to Fri 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sat 11am-2pm and 5pm- 8pm; Sun 10am-2pm.
Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of the classic monuments and buildings in the city, through streets and plazas rich in history. Book through Tourist Office. 10.30am from the Plaza de Belluga. Maps and leaflets in English available. It’s a great way to orientate in the city for future visits.
Free-to-enter Esparto Grass Weaving Exhibition @ The Artisan Centre in Murcia until 31st August reflects the importance and history of this trade to the region. Members of artisan workshops around the region have contributed to the display and their fine work is available to buy. Open: Mon to Fri 10am-2pm & 5pm-8.30pm; Sat 11am-1.30pm.
Tel 968 357 536/537 or 519
T: 968 754 104 Market Wednesday