Check at your local Tourist Office for full details of Events
The use of masks, complying with safety distances and the use of hydroalcoholic gel is mandatory.
T: 968 652 244 Market Tues
Sunday 5th December – El Zacatan Artisan Market 9am-2pm
Saturday 11th December – Festival for Solidarity – Bullas con La Palma 5€ – 10pm @ H Centro Juvenil Almazara
Tablacho – Dielectra – Maria Mulero & Womo
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 968 745 325
After the closure of the railway station just outside Calasparra, the now defunct railway line will become a Via Verde. This is a Green Way for walkers and cyclists. There are other Via Verde in the area which are mainly flat and this new one will take in some of the most emblematic and stunning landscapes in the area.
3km Walk of Calasparra
The route begins at the Casa Granero Building, a neoclassical-inspired construction from the early 19th century. It was originally the house of the family of the Counts of the San Juan Valley, but later became a cereal barn, from which it owes its current name. This easy route takes you through the old town where you can learn about the history of Calasparra through its streets, buildings and museums.
The underground caves consist of 700 metres of accessible areas and 9km of areas of stalactites and stalagmites made from the Upper Cretaceous. These take 100 years to grow one centimetre! The rooms and spectacular rock formations can be seen in 3 fantastic audiovisual shows with voice-over and synchronized lighting with LED technology.
Specialist guides can show groups round this spectacular sight.
The Cueva del Puerto de Calasparra reception centre has a café, a multipurpose room for conferences, an interpretive room, terraces for activities, parking and a caving centre.
Jota Casinello Open Theatre
This is located next to the Castle of Calasparra and it offers wonderful views of the town and the rice fields. You can wander round the gardens and in summer it becomes the scene of night concerts. It’s classified as a Site of Cultural Interest and has the capacity for 600 people. There is a semi-circular stage behind which is located a building with an extraordinary viewpoint with a cafeteria and changing rooms and views of the rice fields and the valley of the Segura. It is accessed through a landscaped walk that surrounds the San José hill with viewpoints of great scenic interest.
T: 968 702 424 Market Mon
Sunday 19th December – Artisan Market
Saturday 4th-Wednesday 8th December – Medieval Market 9am-10pm in Calle Pabellón behind Salones Castillo.
December 4th 5th 6th – 10am-9.30pm
December 7th – 10am-9pm
December 8th – 10am-6pm
For a full programme go to eventoscaravacadelacruz.es
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 has 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 December – Artisan Market @ Plaza del Castillo
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; week days 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 And 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.
Saturdays – Free Night Visit to Castle
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, or tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Sat
Saturday 4th December – Free Guided Route through the Islamic area of Mula 12pm
Sunday 12th December – Artisan Market
El Cigarralejo Museum and Casa Pinatada with relatively new exhibitions may have escaped your attention to-date – info from Tourist Office.
MURCIA – www.turismodemurcia.es T: 968 358 749
Discover the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in the city centre.
Tel 968 351 410
Saturday 4th December – Follow Your Star with lights, sounds and images. From 6.30pm
Sunday 5th December – Christmas Lights Ceremony – events from 6.30pm. Lights will be on from 6pm-11pm every night
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