November is the calm before the storm of Christmas and New Year, so take the opportunity to visit the cultural and entertainment attractions outstanding in your diary – don’t miss out!
Stay informed online at www.costacalidachronicle.com and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 Market Tues
Sunday 4th November – El Zacatin Artisan Market from 9am-2pm in the central squares of Plazas Vieja and Castillo and Calle San Anton.
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 info point in the market place15 mins before each tour: 11am/12pm/1pm.
The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla has authentic furnishings and décor and guided tours (in English) for only 2 persons are available on 968 657 211 (around 5€ pp), or there is an audio guide system in English to explain each room. Wine cannot be bought here, but you can visit one of the two urban bodegas or one of the bodegas in the nearby countryside.
The Museo del Vino has a shop with prices to match the bodegas. Contact the Tourist Office or email email@example.com for more information.
T: 968 745 325 Market Fri
There is a monthly Sunday Artisan Market at the Sanctuary of La Esperanza – check online for the date/time.
Bladerunners – until June 2019
They train on Tuesday and Thursday, from 5pm-6.30pm, working with children, offering encouragement and satisfying sports education for them. Available for children from the age of 5. Fernando Vázquez, is the coordinator-monitor of the school.
The monthly fee is 17€.
Tapas and Cocktail Route – Friday 9th November-Saturday 2nd December
15 bars and restaurants will take part in the route, offering a small beer or cocktail and a tapa for 2.50€. There will also be a prize draw with a 500€ prize and five Christmas hampers.
T: 968 702 424 Market Mon
Sunday 18th November – Explore the beauty of Caravaca’s history on a Free Guided Tour (in Spanish). 1.5 hour walk, winding down through the medieval centre. 11am from the Castle and Basilica. Start in the old quarter and finish at the Plaza del Templete. There are info boards in English, some guides may speak English and this highly visual tour is a great precursor to your own future explorations. Park outside the old quarter, pick up a map from the Tourist Office and enjoy a short 15-minute walk to the start. Wear comfy shoes. Book through Tourist Office.
Art Exhibition @ the former church of the Compania de Jesus until 6th January 2019. The culture trail continues with a prominent exhibition tracing 500 years of religious mysticism through works of art. The renowned sculptor Francisco Salzillo exhibits his restored figure of the Virgen del Carmen and Santiago Ydanez displays an impressive 14-metre canvas painting.
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 @ Calle Puentecilla No 3, Bajo.
Tel 968 795 620
Usually open every day.
Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments – Barranda, in Calle Pedrera
This is 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€ (2€ disc/child 1€). English leaflets and assistants speak English. Check opening times at Tourist Office.
T: 968 723 550 Market Wed
Sunday 18th November – Car Boot Sale @ Ginés de Paco Park at the bottom of Gran Vía. 1€ per metre – book at Tourist Office.
Saturday 24th November – Explore the wealth of history on view on a Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) in the old quarter. See its churches and visit the wine school for a chance to sample and buy wines from the D.O. Bullas. Guides often speak some English and there are info boards in English. Wear comfy shoes. 11.15am from the Plaza del Castillo. Book at Tourist Office.
The Archaeological See of Begastri is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays in November 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 – campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu. Open each weekend 10am-5pm (week days prior booking required).
Tel 968 069 202 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237 Market Tues
Sunday 11th November – Free Theatrical Guided Tour of the old quarter (in Spanish). 11am from the Teatro Vico.
Saturday 24th November – Guided Tour of religious heritage of Jumilla viewing a selected collection of artworks. 5.30pm from Plaza de Arriba and takes in the Iglesia Mayor de Santiago to view artwork before moving on to the Museo de Jesus Nazareno, HQ of the Cofradia, to enjoy the art collection. The tour is in Spanish and costs 3€.
The grape harvest is now underway for all wineries affiliated to the Jumilla Wine Route and many offer special activities for all the family until early December. Events are usually in Spanish, but activities in English can be arranged if you contact the bodega. Grape picking will be over, but there’s still the opportunity to enjoy wine tasting, creative art and craft workshops and learn about wine produce. More info from the bodegas or 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. For more info and cost, contact www.turismomoratalla.com
Tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Sat
Sunday 11th November – 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.
Every Sunday – 45 min Free Guided Tour of the Roman Villa site of Villaricos, one of the best preserved agricultural villas from the Roman province of Hispania. 10.30am near the motorway exit in the Carretera del Embalse de la Cierva. Tours are in Spanish, but info boards are in English and some group members may translate. English-speaking guides are available for advance group bookings of 20 plus through Tourist Office.
T: 968 358 749
Saturday 3rd & 10th November – 2hr Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) introducing the significant monuments, structures, streets and wonderful plazas in the city centre. There are some English leaflets and maps from the Tourist Office. 10.30am from Tourist Office in the Plaza de Belluga. Prior booking essential.
Art Exhibition @ The Centro Cultural Las Claras focusing on 20th and 21st centuries, demonstrating new procedures and techniques until 25th November.
Mon-Sat 11am-2pm & 6.30pm-9pm
Sun & public holidays 11am-2pm.
Guided tours in Spanish are available every Wednesday 11am/1pm/7pm – prior booking on 968 234 647
The Auditorio Victor Villegas hosts the following and more info/ booking is available between 9am-2pm at the box office or tel 968 343 080:
Thursday 1st November – This traditional autumn fund-raiser for charity features the Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra and resident conductor Virginia Martinez performing such renowned pieces as Balakirev’s Overture, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussogsky and Ravel’s Bolero. Funds from ticket sales will be donated directly to the AECC Cancer Research charity. 7.30pm. Tickets 15€/18€/20€
Saturday 3rd – A lunchtime Classical & Jazz Concert features pianist Jose Vicente Riquelme performing pieces by Liszt and Prokofiev and then the group Oh Brother who favour an American folk music style. Performances start at 12pm, with jazz at 1.15pm. Tickets 15€.
Saturday 3rd November – The Russian National Ballet performs Cinderella, under the artistic direction of Sergey Radchenko with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Elena Radchenko.
Sunday 4th November – Children’s classical Concert of El Moldava. Composed by Smetana and Dvorak and including scenes of a peasant wedding and the changing seasons viewed from a hot air balloon, the focus is on fun and audience participation. At 11.15am the performers explain a little about their day-to-day lives and the upcoming music. Tickets 10€
Friday 16th November – Diego El Cigala is on tour celebrating the acclaimed Lagrimas Negras album of 2003 which featured veteran pianist Bebo Valdes, Israel Porrina on cajon drum and Javier Colina on double bass. 9.30pm. Tickets 25€-50€
Saturday 17th November – The OSRM treat you to symphonies by Tchaikovsky and features flautist, composer and conductor, Salvador Brotons. 8pm. Tickets 8€/11€/13€.
Several cycles of musical events are held at the Auditorio throughout the year: for only 36€ you can enjoy six fun musical events – one per month on a Sunday at midday which started 14th October. Detailed ticket information from the box office or tel 968 343 080
T: 968 754 104
Saturday 3rd November – 1½hr Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) through the historic old quarter builds on the festivals of All Saints and All Souls. 7.30pm from Plaza Mayor. The tour informs of the urban tapestry of legend and mystery with which the town identifies. Pre-book at Tourist Office.