September swings by, hot on the heels of August with no let-up on the variety of opportunities to entertain, inspire and educate you. Whatever your ‘thing’ – get out there and do it!
Stay informed online with the Chronicle website www.costacalidachronicle.com and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 – Market Tuesday
Look out for the monthly El Zacatin Artisan Market on the first Sunday of the month, open from 9am-2pm in the central squares of Plazas Vieja and Castillo, and Calle San Anton. There is easy parking in the surrounding streets.
The market often coincides with a Free Guided Route to reveal modernist Bullas c. 1900. The tour is in Spanish, but guides do speak some English and the route is highly visual. Tickets available from the Tourist Information point in the market place – 15 mins before each tour: 11am/12pm/1pm.
Bullas is renowned for its heritage of wine production and there are a couple of museums which illustrate and inform the development over the years.
The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla has authentic furnishings and décor and guided tours (in English) are available on 968 657 211 (3€ pp or 2€ for large groups). Wine cannot be bought here, but you can visit to one of the two urban bodegas or a choice of bodegas in the nearby countryside.
The Museo del Vino has a shop with prices to match the bodegas. To visit either, telephone the above number or the Tourist Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2nd – 8th September – Fiesta in honour of the Patron of Calasparra, Our Lady of Hope.
There are many organised events during the fiestas:
The Feria Taurina del Arroz, with bull fighting (Trofeo Espiga de Oro – Sprig of Gold Trophy) and the traditional Bull Runs.
Performances by musical groups and soloists.
Festivals such as the International Folklore Festival “The River of Music” or the Music Band’s Festival.
Cultural Exhibitions with bull fighting themes.
Procession of Floats.
Friday 7th September – Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope.
Saturday 8th September – Concert by Association Band of Music of Calasparra.
Live Music @ Cine Rosales. Tickets 10€ from Town Hall or various bars in the town.
Sunday 2nd September – Canijo de Jerez y el Kanka 10.30pm
Thursday 6th September – Andy & Lucas 11pm
Sunday 9th September – Los Secretos 10.30pm
T: 968 702 424 – Market Monday
For those keen on history, there’s a gem of a museum eager to reward your curiosity through skilled craftsmanship and remarkable engineering. Angel Reinon Sanchez is the creator of an amazing collection of miniatures which reveal the ethnographic history of Caravaca: how the trades and crafts people carried out their work, including Caravaca’s then biggest export trade – the manufacture of espadrilles, hemp shoes. Angel Reinon, born in 1924, takes you through to the modern age when life became much easier; this, his retirement project, after 50 years as a blacksmith. You’ll find the museum just before the entrance to the Old Quarter in Calle Puentecilla No 3, Bajo. Tel: 968 795 620. Usually open every day but check the times; there are info cards in English for every exhibit and easy access for those with mobility issues.
If you’re a ‘muso’ have you checked out the Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments yet? It’s hidden away in the village of Barranda, in Calle Pedrera, clearly signposted and with easy access for those with mobility issues. Space limits the display to 5% of his 4,000-piece collection yet still conveys a fascinating variety and history of musical instruments. 3€ (reduced 2€/child 1€). English leaflets and assistants speak English. Check opening times with the Tourist Office.
T: 968 723 550 – Market Wednesday
Fiesta Virgen de las Maravillas 8th-14th September
Concerts, children’s activities, exhibitions, dancing, bullfighting, electro music festival, bands, religious acts and more than 150 private rented marquees in ‘Recinto Ferial’.
Wednesday 5th September – Opening Speech and the procession of the Virgen de las Maravillas.
Saturday 8th September – Juan Valderrama
Monday 10th September – Camela
Thursday 13th September – Los Porretas
Formula V and many more. The itinerary for the whole programme will be published soon on Tourist Office social media.
Saturday 29th – Free 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 includes a visit to the School of Wine. Guides often speak some English and it is a great way for an initial exploration of this scenic hilltop town (wear sturdy footwear). The tour starts at 11.30am. A reservation is required at https://bit.ly/2NS4S8m or by calling 968 723 550
The Archaeological See of Begastri is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays 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 which includes zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. They can also host any type of event. There is a campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu and you can book. The park is open throughout each weekend 10am-5pm; weekdays prior booking required. For info and bookings please telephone 968 069 202 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm, email email@example.com or visit www.cotodelasmaravillas.com
T: 968 780 237 – Market Tuesday
T: 968 730 208 – Market Saturday
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 – Market Saturday
Sunday 9th September – Monthly Artisan Market welcomes you from 10am-2pm, set 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. It’s advisable to park by the Glorieta and walk up to the market.
T: 968 358 749
The Archaeological Museum in Murcia presents a prehistoric rock art exhibition, open 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 is open:
Tues to Fri 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
The Mubam Fine Arts Museum hosts an exhibition of paintings by Joaquin Garcia Fernandez (1892-1956) containing 35 works; some revealed for the first time.
Open until 23rd September
Tue to Fri 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
T: 968 754 104 – Market Wednesday