Well, keep calm and carry on perhaps should be the message. Enjoy the natural beauty of your region and the array of events and entertainment available this month. Stay informed online at
www.costacalidachronicle.com and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244
Saturday 5th – Look out for the Ruidismo Festival, part of the annual Fiestas del Vino which runs to 6th October. A celebration of independent music includes artists such as Alondra Bentley, Marcelo Criminal and Soledad Velez and many more. Most performances and subsequent DJ sessions are free. The Centro Joven La Almazara hosts the main events; other performances also take place in the Museo del Vino, the Parque Municipal and the River Café. Info from the Tourist Office and www.ruidismo.com
Sunday 6th – Artisan Market in Plaza Vieja and Plaza del Castillo
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 968 657 211 or the Tourist Office or email
T: 968 745 325
Support the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
New Information Point in the natural park of Cañaverosa will be open at weekends from 10am to 3pm.
The project is part of the tourist resources of Calasparra sponsored by Red Nature 200, Calasparra Town Hall and the Segura Water Board.
Tel 626 055 459
T: 968 702 424
Sunday 20th – 1½hr Free Guided Tour of the medieval quarter. 11am from Castle and Basilica and winding down to the Plaza del Templete. In Spanish, tour is highly visual and there are dual language info boards and leaflets available from Tourist Office. Parking about 15-minute walk from start (pick up a map from Tourist Office). Wear comfy shoes. Reserve at Tourist Office.
Shoe Museum 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. Info cards in English for every exhibit and easy access for those with mobility issues.
Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments will enthral musos. In Barranda, in Calle Pedrera. 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€). English leaflets and assistants speak English. Check opening times with the tourist office.
T: 968 723 550
Saturday 26th – Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of the medieval old quarter of this hilltop town. Guides often speak Spanish and there are English info boards on some buildings. It finishes with a visit to the wine school for sampling and buying. Reserve at Tourist Office. 11.30am from Plaza del Castillo.
An Itinerant Exhibition, La Visita (until 27th October) by Francisco Fernandez Ruiz, is on display at the temporary exhibitions hall of the Archaeological Museum. Organised by the regional culture department, it is open Monday to Friday 10.30am-1.30pm and Saturdays 5pm-7pm.
The Archaeological See of Begastri open 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. They can also host any type of event. Campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu – booking available. Open weekends 10am-5pm; (weekdays prior booking).
For info/bookings tel 968 069 202 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237
Visit historic buildings in the town or the castle and 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 canvasses.
For guided visit tel 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.
Tel 968 757 379
Ethnography & Natural Sciences Museum offers various workshops for all the family at various times.
Tel 968 780740
Ruta del Vino
Wine buffs can contact a choice of 15 bodegas for guided visits in small groups or individuals. Opportunity to buy produce. Liaise with bodegas as most will attempt to coordinate groups and provide a relevant language-guide; or enquire through Tourist Office.
T: 968 730 208
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
Tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501
The 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
Discover the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in the city centre. Tel 968 351 410
Until 17th November – The renowned abstract artist, Luis Gordillo, exhibits in Espacio 2 from 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 1960’s.
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 or tel 968 343 080:
Sunday lunchtime Family Concerts are back!
Performed by the Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra, events are scheduled until March – book early as very popular.
Season tickets for 2019-20 are on sale, featuring 24 concerts and dance performances. Tickets for individual events are also available – booking early is recommended.
Friday 11th – Experience some Uruguayan music and poetry when the OSRM combine with Murcia conductor Diego Naser, singer Silvana Marrero and pianist Carlos Darakjian for a performance of ‘Benedetti Sinfonico’, based on the album ‘Senales’. 8pm. Tickets 20€/25€/30€.
Saturday 12th – Spanish comedy duo Los Morancos from Sevilla hit the stage to celebrate 40 years of success, reprising many of their popular comedy characters. 9.30pm. Tickets 25€- 55€.
Friday 18th/Saturday 19th – The rock musician, Manolo Garcia, former leader of El Ultimo de la Fila, performs a mix of pop rock, flamenco and Arabic music. He’s recorded with several rock bands including Los Rapidos and Los Burros and you can see him in action at 9.30pm. Tickets from 50€.
Sunday 20th – The renowned play Don Juan Tenorio, written in 1844 by Jose Zorrilla which relates to All Saints’ Day, is performed by a company of 33 actors. 7pm (entry from 6.15pm). Tickets 12€.
Thursday 24th – The highly praised flamenco dancer Amador Rojas performs ‘Poseidon’ with Miranda Alonso, singers Luis El Granaino and Miguel de la Tolea, guitarist Eduardo Cortes, violinist Samuel Garcia El Tarraco and percussionist Paco de Mode. 8pm; tickets 18€/24€.
Friday 25th – Percussionist Miguel Angel Aleman is featured with the OSRM and resident conductor Virginia Martinez to showcase music by Dorman, Rodrigo and Turina. 8pm. Tickets 9€-15€.
1strd November – ‘Annie’ the musical with the full original song list; and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ the musical are two events to book early.
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, (until end of 2019). Info from Tourist Office.
T: 968 754 104
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