December marks the end of a volatile year in more ways than one! As you reflect on your personal year, appreciate where you are and the beauty around you – and make plans to engage with it in 2020. Look forward to a bright New Year! Stay informed online with the Costa Cálida Chronicle website and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.

BULLAS 

www.bullas.es  

T: 968 652 244 Market Sat

Sunday 1st December – Artisan Market

Wine heritage info: The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla has authentic interiors. Guided tours (in English) for only 2 persons (5€ pp) or there is an audio guide system in English. The Museo del Vino has a shop with bodega prices. To visit either/info, tel 968 657211 or the Tourist Office or email casamuseodonpepe@bullas.es

CALASPARRA

www.turismocalasparra.es  

T: 968 745 325 Market Fri

Support the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra. Murcia.secretary.rbl@gmail.com

Sunday 1st December – Building Nesting Boxes for Kestrels

The Real Madrid Fan Club are inviting volunteers to take part in an environmental project which includes building nesting boxes for Kestrels.
Everyone is welcome to take part in this project, which aims to preserve steppe land birds in Cagitan, but particularly kestrels. Tasks will include building the nesting boxes, environmental clearing and replanting trees.
Meet 9.30am at Era de Ürsulo. The route goes onto to La Piñera and the Fuente Morcillo. Almuerzo (brunch) will be provided.

Sunday 15th December – Artisan Market @ Sanctuary de la Esperanza, Calasparra 10am-6pm

CARAVACA

www.turismocaravaca.org  

T: 968 702 424 Market Mon

Friday 6th/7th/8th December – A medieval market comprising approx. 200 stalls greet you in the old quarter over the bank holiday weekend. Artisan gifts and produce to buy, medieval music, costumed artisans, jugglers and BBQs. Workshops and demonstrations and children’s areas; many stalls close for lunch so time your visit accordingly.

Sunday 15th December – 1½hr Free Guided Tour of medieval quarter. 11am from Castle and Basilica and winding down to the Plaza del Templete. In Spanish, but it is highly visual and there are dual language info boards and leaflets available from Tourist Office. Wear comfy shoes. Reservations at Tourist Office. 

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 79 5620 for opening times. 

The Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments in Barranda, is well 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 at Tourist Office.

CEHEGÍN

www.turismocehegin.es  

T: 968 723 550 Market Wed

Saturday 7th December – The streets of Cehegin host the Falcotrail Race – promo, half-marathon, marathon and ultra-race. More details at http://www.clubdeportivoquipar.es/falco-trail/ 

Saturday 21st December – 2hr Free Spanish Language Tour of the old town baroque buildings and finishes at the wine school for sampling and buying local wines. 11am from the Plaza del Castillo. Reservations at Tourist Office or bit.ly/33M5R1v

Sunday 22nd DecemberEl Mesoncico Artisan Market in Plaza del Castillo – Christmas with children’s activities, stories and workshop of sweets and nougat (turrón).

The Archaeological See of Begastri on Saturdays and 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 B.C. 2€.

The Eco Park ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ has family activities which includes zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. Campsite, BBQ and kiosk-bar offering a great menu. Open weekends 10am-5pm; (weekdays prior booking). For info/bookings tel 968 069 202 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm. Email info@conexioncultura.es or visit www.cotodelasmaravillas.com 

JUMILLA

www.jumilla.org  

T: 968 780 237 Market Tue

Sunday 8th December – 90 min Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of Archaeological Museum and old quarter. 10.30am from Teatro Vico. 

Sunday 15th December – Spanish language tours to the restored medieval castle 10.15am & 11.30am from Tourist Office. 2.10€ incl IVA. You need your own transport to the restored walkway to access the castle. English leaflets available at Tourist Office assist this visual tour.

In addition to the historic town buildings or the castle, don’t miss the popular area of beauty behind the castle hill, Charco del Zorro, part of the Rambla de la Alqueria.

Exhibition Los Suenos del Vino by Juan Miguel Ortuno (until 31st December) @ Municipal Archaeological Museum, Jeronimo Molina. 

Open Tues-Sat 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm

Sun and fiesta days 11am-2pm.

Lovers of art should visit the Saorin Painting Museum, a small museum of works by local artist, Jesus Lozano Saorin and others from the area. Includes sculptures and canvasses. Reserve a guided visit on 660 959 631.

MORATALLA 

www.ayuntamientomoratalla.net  

T: 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; request information via info@turismomoratalla.com or tel: 696 807 037

MULA

www.mula.es  

T: 968 661 501 Market Sat

Sunday December 8thArtisan Market

MURCIA

www.turismodemurcia.es  

T: 968 358 749

Through to December jump on board the Murcia Wine Bus for a day trip to Bullas, Jumilla or Yecla, (in Spanish). Includes tour of bodegas and tasting, lunch and visiting historical or natural attractions. 59€ pp. Contact relevant Tourist Office – possible to join the tour en route.

Until Tuesday 10th DecemberFree 45-mins Guided Visits (in Spanish) to the San Esteban 12th century Moorish archaeological dig in the town centre every weekday at midday. Book at https://www.estrategiamurcia.es/proyectos-estrategicos/san-esteban/visitar-el-yacimiento/ 

Discover the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in Murcia City. Contact 968 351 410 or info@centroparraga.com 

Exhibition – the artist Angel Haro from Valencia exhibits abstract paintings and sculptures: ‘Escenografias’ contains stage designs for works such as La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Antigone, La Folie, Sleeping Beauty and El Sueno de la Razon. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. Until 12th January.

Exhibition – Conjuntos de Union exhibition explores the crossover between language, music, dance and mathematics. Free. Mon-Fri 9am-8pm. Until 31st December

Thursday 26th – 27th December & 30th, 2nd & 3rd January – 5-Day Workshop of dance, meditation, improvisation and yoga offered by Trinidad Martinez with Ingo Reulecke and Selu Herraiz, aimed at people with artistic and corporal arts experience. Maximum 25 participants. 260€ pp. More info at 

www.entre-lineas.net/en/reflexion-en/ 

The Auditorio Victor Villegas info/booking available 9am-2pm at box office or tel: 968 343 080

Sunday lunchtime family concerts are back!

Performed by the Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra, 

Monday 2nd DecemberGustavo Diaz-Jerez plays selected Beethoven piano sonatas, Ligeti’s etudes 5 & 14 and his own compositions.  8pm. 10€

Friday 6th December – Songwriter and guitarist, Ricardo Ruiperez of Murcia rock group M Clan, performs songs from his album, ‘En la distancia..’. 9.30pm. 18€

Saturday 7th December – The OSRM welcomes three prize winning international pianists from Ukraine, Russia and China with Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Brahms’ 1st piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s 3rd. 7pm. 10€-20€

Tuesday 10th DecemberIndia Martinez with Flamenco Pop Fusion. She found prominence aged 16 at a Calasparra festival as a flamenco artiste. 9.30pm. 10€-60€

Wednesday 11th DecemberThe Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet open the Grand Concerts cycle with guest Spanish clarinettist Miquel Angel Tamarit. 8pm. 15€-20€

Friday 13th December – The OSRM welcomes violinist Lina Tur and conductor Nuno Coelho. 8pm. 9€-15€

Friday 20th DecemberThe Film Symphony Orchestra returns with a new selection of movie music covering a wide span of years. 8.30pm. 36€-52€

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December – The OSRM is joined by Cuban singer and actress Lucrecia in a family performance geared to youngsters, recounting her life story to Latino rhythms. 6pm on Sat & 11.15am on Sun when performers explain their involvement and daily activities followed by the midday concert. 10€

Monday 23rd December – The Saravasti Quartet Christmas Concert with friends. 8pm in the Sala Miguel Angel Clares. 12€ (6€ students).

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th December – Christmas dance gala ‘Estrellas de la Danza’. Features soloist dancers Lucia Lacarra, Matthew Golding and Sergio Bernal, directed by Jose Carlos Martinez. 8pm on Sat & 7pm on Sun. 25€-55€ 

Visit the Palacio de San Esteban to see an Andalusian garden in the Moorish style. Open to the end of 2019. Info from Tourist Office.

YECLA

www.turismo.yecla.es  

T: 968 754 104 Market Wed

Saturday 7th DecemberFree Guided Tour of Yecla taking in the day of the bajada of the Virgen de la Purisima. The Virgen del Castillo is carried down from her sanctuary. 11am from the Basilica de la Purisima once she reaches there.

Friday 20th to 23rd December – Christmas Market with seasonal items, gifts, decorations and tasty treats.

Sunday 22nd & Saturday 28th DecemberFree Guided pre- and post-Christmas Tour (in Spanish) visiting some of the Belens (nativity scenes) and to enjoy the atmosphere of decorations and traditional Murcian carols. 7pm. Book via Tourist Office and for meeting point info.