Let’s hope November conjures up some Autumnal sparkle for us all. Stay informed online with the Costa Cálida Chronicle website and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 Market Tues
Wine heritage info:
The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla has authentic interiors. Guided tours (in English) for only 2 persons (5 euros 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 Tourist Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 16th November – Murcia Wine Bus visits Ruta del Vino, Bullas 10am
T: 968 745 325 Market Fri
Support the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
Have you just two hours spare to help the RBL? Please volunteer to mind a stand for poppies and poppy memorabilia.
They Need You at:
Consum, Camposol B (x 2) – 10am-12pm and/or 12-2pm 4th and/or 8th Nov;
CCC Trade Exhibition, Fuente Alamo between 11am-5pm;
Condado for a morning or two – times to suit.
Contact either Billie on email@example.com or Lynn on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 17th November – Artisan Market @ Sanctuary de la Esperanza, Calasparra 10am-6pm
T: 968 702 424 Market Mon
Sunday 17th November – Free Guided Tour of the medieval quarter, starting at the Castle and Basilica and winding down to the Plaza del Templete. In Spanish, but the tour is highly visual and there are dual language info boards and leaflets available from the tourist office. Wear comfy shoes. Reserve at Tourist Office. 11am for 1.5 hours.
Sunday 17th November – 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. Info cards in English for every exhibit and easy access for those with mobility issues.
Tel 968 795 620 for opening times.
The Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments in Barranda. Signposted and easy access for mobility issues. 5% of his 4,000-piece collection rotates in the space available. 3€ (reduced 2€/child 1€). English leaflets and assistants speak English. Check opening times with Tourist Office.
T: 968 723 550 Market Wed
Sunday 24th November – Spanish Language Tour of Archaeological See Of Begastricombines with a visit to the old town and finishes at the wine school for sampling and buying local wines. Prior to the tour there is an info video with English subtitles about the hilltop fortress town and the guide does speak some English. 11am at the on-site museum (Begastri is approx. 3km outside town); 2€ pp.
Reservations at https://bit.ly/32q90n4 or by calling 968 723 550
Sunday 24th November – Artisan Market, El Mesoncico, in Plaza del Castillo, the highest point in the old town. This month the theme is the different forms of gender-based violence.
Archaeological See of Begastri is open on Saturdays and Sundays for tours at 9.30am/10.30am/11.30am. A video presentation is followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century B.C. 2€ pp.
The Eco Park ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ has family activities including zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. Campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu. Open weekends 10am-5pm; weekdays prior booking.
Tel 968 069 202 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237 Market Tues
Foodie-fest alert! Throughout November to 1st December you have the chance to savour a special set price meal with accompanying wines for only 30€ pp at nine restaurants: Reyes Catolicos, San Agustin, Casa Sebastian, Duque de Lerma, De Loreto, La Macarena, Los Tres Soles, Nuestro Bar and Venecia. Jornados Gastronomicas can be combined with a visit to enjoy the Free Guided Routes offered by the Tourist Office and also visit one of many local bodegas. Book directly with a restaurant and/or a bodega.
Sunday 10th November – Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of the Archaeological Museum and old quarter. 10.30am from Teatro Vico (about 90 mins).
Sunday 17th November – English Language Tour of restored Medieval Castle. 10.15am from Tourist Office. 2.10€ incl IVA. You will need your own transport to the restored walkway to access the castle.
Sunday 24th November – Spanish Language Tour of Medieval Castle (as above); 10.15am & 11.30am.
When visiting the historic buildings in the town 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.
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 canvases. Reserve a guided visit on 660 959 631.
The Convent of Santa Ana del Monte in the mountains south of Jumilla is worth a visit for the history and stunning views over town and landscape. Follow the RM-714 south-west and signposted – 5km from town centre. Check with Tourist Office for opening times.
Check out the Archaeological Museum (tel: 968 757 379) and the Ethnography & Natural Sciences Museum (968 780 740) which also offer various workshops for all the family at various times.
Wine buffs can contact a choice of 15 bodegas affiliated to the Ruta del Vino for guided visits for small groups or individuals, and to buy produce. Liaise with bodegas as most will attempt to coordinate groups and provide a relevant language-guide; or enquire through the tourist office.
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; email@example.com
Tel: 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Sat
Sunday 10th November – Artisan Market
El Cigarralejo Museum and the Casa Pinatada with relatively new exhibitions may have escaped your attention to-date – info from Tourist Office.
T: 968 358 749
Through to December jump on board the Murcia Wine Bus which offers a day trip to either Bullas, Jumilla or Yecla, (in Spanish) and includes a tour of bodegas and tasting, lunch and visiting historical or natural attractions for 59€ pp. For more info contact the relevant Tourist Office; it’s also possible to join the tour en route.
Discover the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in the city centre. Tel 968 351 410
Catch the following in November:
Art Exhibition (until 17th November) – The renowned abstract artist, Luis Gordillo, exhibits in Espacio 2 Monday to Friday 9am-8pm; free admission. Best known for his involvement in forming the ‘informalism’ movement and embracing the pop art culture of the 1960s.
Thursday 28th November (until 12th January) – Art 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 entry Monday to Friday 9am-8pm.
Art Exhibition (until 10th November) – The Palacio Almudi presents the Paris Vivant exhibition of works by over forty artists living in Paris from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.
The Auditorio Victor Villegas hosts the following and more info/booking is available 9am-2pm at the box office.
Tel 968 343 080
Sunday Lunchtime Family Concerts are back!
Performed by the Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra, six events are scheduled between September and March – book early as very popular.
Season tickets for 2019-20 are on sale, featuring 24 concerts and dance performances, and tickets for individual events are also available – booking early is recommended.
1strd November – Annie the musical with the full original song list; and Jekyll and Hyde, the musical, are two events to catch early this month.
Thursday 14th – 17th – The fabulous West Side Story comes to town: this show is created by SOM Produce, masters of others such as Billy Elliot and Cabaret for Spanish audiences. Tickets 30€-65€
Timings: 14th at 8.30pm, 15th/16th at 6pm & 10pm and 17th at 5pm & 8.30pm.
Friday/Saturday 22nd/23rd – Musos take note! A Symphonic Video Game Sound Sensation will wow you. The OSRM will perform music from some of the most popular video games, synchronised with videos, lighting, special effects, electronic percussion and solo performers to astound your senses. Tickets 45€ pp and starts at 9pm on 22nd and 9.30pm on 23rd.
History buffs can visit three venues dedicated to the 12th century Moorish ruler Ibn Mardanis, referred to as ‘El Rey Lobo’ (the Wolf King):
The Museo Arqueologico de Murcia, the Museo de Santa Clara and the San Juan de Dios complex. (until 1st December). Visit the Palacio de San Esteban to see an Andalusian garden in the Moorish style, open until end of 2019. Info from Tourist Office.
T: 968 754 104 Market Wed
Sunday 17th November – Guided Tour (in Spanish) combines a visit of Monte Arabi prehistoric Rock Art and a bodega to sample local wines. Meet in your own transport at the bullring car park at 9.45am to drive (20 mins) to the Bodegas Castano. 7.50€ pp. Wear comfy walking shoes and take water and a snack.
Visit Deortegas Almazara to learn about their olive oil production, and buy. 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