Due to the Coronavirus, please check with your local Tourist Office or other contacts for up-to-date information on all events in April.
April sets its sights on Easter and the accompanying ceremonies and fiestas. However, the current global situation will determine events and actions. Stay informed online at costacalidachronicle.com and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 Market Tues
Sunday 5th April – Artisan Market
Visit Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla. Guided tours (in English) for only 2 persons (5€ pp) or there is an audio guide system in English. Museo del Vino has a shop with bodega prices. To visit either/info, tel 968 657 211, Tourist Office, or email email@example.com
T: 968 745 325
Support the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
T: 968 702 424 Market Mon
Sunday 19th April – 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.
Tel 968 795 620 for opening times.
The Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments in Barranda is 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 with Tourist Office.
T: 968 723 550 Market Wed
Sunday 26th April –II Feria Antiguedades y Segundo Mano at the Explanada of the old train station starts at 10am. Potential stallholders enquire via Tourist Office.
The Archaeological See of Begastri open Saturdays & 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 BC. 2€ pp.
Eco Park ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ for family activities including zip lines, archery, nature walks and many other organised outdoor activities. They can host any type of event. Campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu – and you can book.
Open weekends 10am-5pm; weekdays prior booking.
Tel 968 069 202 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237 Market Tues
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.
Reserve 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 (tel 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 Tourist Office.
In to arts and crafts? Visit the Casa del Artesano based in the Casa Honda, a 16th century Renaissance building in Calle Rico, 12, 30520 which hosts a variety of cultural and ethnographical events including Workshops and Exhibitions. Open on weekends and public holidays: 10.30am-1.30pm (except Good Friday, Easter Sunday and 1st May).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Sat
Sunday 12th April – Artisan Market
El Cigarralejo Museum and Casa Pinatada with relatively new exhibitions may have escaped your attention to-date – info from Tourist Office.
T: 968 358 749
The Auditorio Victor Villegas hosts the following:
Friday 3rd April – The Corel de Bilbao Choir combine with soloists Maria Jose Montiel (mezzosoprano) and Damian de Castillo (baritone) for the premier of Stabat Mater by the Murcia composer Manuel Moreno-Buendia. 8pm; tickets 12€-20€.
Saturday 4th April – Paloma San Basilio, awarded a lifetime Latin Grammy for excellence in Spanish music, brings her Mas Cerca Tour to the stage. As a world-renowned performer, she also represented Spain at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest. 9pm; tickets 25€-65€.
Friday 17th April – The OSRM welcome Zoo Cabaret with their burlesque show which includes comedy, music, choreography and playbacks. 9.30pm; tickets 18€-25€.
Sunday 19th April – The Film Symphony Orchestra return to delight you with favourite movie scores: an impressive list of music – see if you recognise them without cheating! 7pm; tickets 36€-52€; running-time 2½hrs with 20min interval.
Saturday 25th April – Violinist, Ilya Gingolts, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra entertain with works by Dvorak, Grieg and Paganini, playing a 1742-43 violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ in Cremona. 8pm; tickets 25€-35€.
Sunday 26th April – Relax and enjoy some jazz, pop and bossanova sounds followed by an aperitif and chat with the performers. Alessia Martegiani and Di Fulvio Trio present their show Carinhoso. Begins at midday; tickets 15€.
Tuesday 28th April – Mario Prisuelos plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas 8th, 24th, 26th and 32nd and works by Ligeti and Tomas Marco. 8pm; tickets 10€.
Thursday 30th April – Guest conductor, Isabel Rubio, commands the OSRM in presenting works by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. 8pm; tickets 20€.
T: 968 754 104 Market Wed
Visit Deortegas Almazara to learn about their olive oil production. 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