February hovers between winter and spring with promise in the air – the Valentine month. Love the choice of experiences available to you and indulge in NW Murcia.
Stay informed online with the Chronicle website and blog www.costacalidachronicle.com and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 Market Saturday
Sunday 3rd – Free Guided Route (in Spanish but highly visual) to explore modernist Bullas C. 1900 and its wine making heritage, to coincide with the monthly Artisan Market. Collect a free ticket at the tourist office point in the market, 15 mins before each tour at 11am/12pm/1pm.
T: 968 745 325 Market Friday
Continue your support for the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
T: 968 702 424 Market Monday
Sunday 17th – Artisan Market 10am-2.30pm in Plaza Corredera.
Friday 15th – Free Guided Tour of the old quarter in Spanish, but with leaflets and info boards in English. This visual tour starts at the Castle/Basilica and winds downhill to the Plaza del Templete. Meet for 11am and wear comfy shoes for an approx. 1.5hr walk.
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 takes you through his retirement project, after 50 years as a blacksmith.
Tel 968 795 620. Usually open every day but check the times.
The Carlos Blanco Fadol Museum of Ethnic Instruments is tucked away in Barranda. It 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€ (reduced 2€/child 1€). English leaflets and assistants speak English. Check opening times with Tourist Office.
T: 968 723 550 Market Wednesday
Sunday 17th – Car Boot Sale @ Parque Gines Paco at the end of the Gran Via. 1€ per metre. Book at Tourist Office.
Saturday 23rd – Free Guided Tour of Historic Cehegin with visit to Bodega and Wine School 11.30am from Plaza del Alparagatero (booking essential)
Sunday 24th – in Plaza del Castillo in the old town of Cehegin (Casco Antiguo) there is a craft market El Mesoncico. More than 60 craftsmen of the area display such products as cured meats, hams, pottery, cakes, wines, cheeses, etc.
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 ‘Coto de las Maravillas’ has activities for all the family and all ages; zip lines, archery, nature walks and other outdoor activities. They can also host any type of event. There is a campsite, BBQ area and kiosk-bar offering a great menu. The park is open throughout each weekend 10am-5pm (weekdays prior booking required). Tel 968 069 202 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm
T: 968 780 237 Market Tuesday
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd February – Tour of Jumilla Old Town & Ethnological Museum 10.30am from Vico Theatre
Saturday 2nd & 9th – Tour of Jumilla Castle 10.15am from Tourist Office
Sunday 10th – Tour of Jumilla Castle (English) 11.30am from Tourist Office)
Saturday 16th – Tour of Convent of Santa Ana 10am English/12pm Spanish
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.
Tel 696 807 037
T: 968 661 501 Market Saturday
Check out the El Cigarralejo museum and the Casa Pinatada which have several new exhibitions – info at the Tourist Office.
Sunday 10th February – Artisan Market & Free Guided Tour of Historic Mula (11.30am from Tourist Office)
T: 968 358 749
Have you discovered the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in the city centre?
Tel 968 351 410
Friday 1st – The School of Dramatic Art presents Narc is So Loved performed by final year students, free entry for a 9pm start – check for seats.
(until 3rd) – Experimental landscape paintings
(until 24th) – Challenging our perceptions of images
(until 24th) – Photographic studies focused on the colour green.
Free Monthly Organ Recitals in selected cathedrals and churches to June 2019; all start at 8.30pm.
The Iglesia de San Juan de Dios hosts Medieval Music on Thursday 21st.
The Auditorio Victor Villegas hosts the following:
(more info/booking 9am-2pm at the box office or Tel: 968 343 080)
Friday 1st – 3rd Rock to the Musical ‘Abba Live TV’ where a special show of hits is to be filmed. 1st – 9pm; 2nd – 6pm & 10pm; 3rd – 5pm; ticket price info on enquiry.
Sunday 3rd – A lunchtime Classical and Jazz Concert features La Tempestad and Baboon Blues County, performing Haydn’s London Symphonies and American Jazz and R&B 50/60s classics respectively. Starts 12pm. Tickets 15€ and includes aperitivo and tapas.
Monday 4th – Enjoy Il Concerto Accademico performing music by Mozart, Corelli, Nielsen and Skalkotas. 8pm. 12€
Friday 8th – Renowned TV comedians Dani Mateo, Raul Cimas and JJ Vaquero combine on stage in a show ‘Nunca os Olvidaremos’ in Spanish. 9pm; 20€/22€/24€
Saturday 9th – Sara Baras explores the majesty and grace of Flamenco in her latest show ‘Sombras’ with her own dance company and guest artistes Jose Serrano and Tim Ries. 9pm; 30€/40€/50€
Wednesday 13th – Immerse yourself in African and South American slave music in the presence of Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI and Capella Reial de Catalunya and musicians from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia Madagascar, Mali and Morocco. 8pm; 25€/30€/35€
Friday 15th – Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cammerata chamber music orchestra that welcomes guest artiste flautist, Magdalena Martinez, to illustrate the flute’s significance in Baroque Music. 8pm; 10€ (students 8€)
Saturday 16th – Award-winning clarinettist Jose Franch-Ballester performs with the OSRM to delight with music by Corigliano, Gershwin and Bernstein. 8pm; 8€/11€/13€
Sunday 17th – Only 3€ for a Midday Concert to enjoy the town bands of Abanilla and Alhama.
Friday 22nd – Carmen Boza performs songs from her recent second album ‘La Caja Negra’, accompanied by Roman Mendez on drums and Estefania Gomez on bass. 9.30pm; 15€ in advance and 18€ on the door.
Saturday 23rd – Spanish Indie music hits town in the form of Antonio Arias and Fernando Alfaro, reviving the 80s and 90s in a show coordinated by Miguel Angel Blanca of Manos de Topo. 9.30pm; 20€.
Sunday 24th – A midday family show, The Ballet Peter Pan, is inclusive in its audience participation, especially for youngsters keen on this genre of entertainment. The Victor Ullate Company and the OSRM include a pre-concert talk at 11.15am about their environment and working day. 10€
Tuesday 26th – The Camerata Virtuosi Ensemble, featuring lead violinist Joaquin Palomares and viola soloist D. Beluffi, treat you to music by Mozart, Rossini, Atterberg and Piazzolla. 8pm; 12€
Several cycles of musical events are held at the Auditorio throughout the year: for only 36€ pp you can enjoy six fun musical events for the family; one per month on a Sunday at midday which started in October 2018. Detailed information from box office or tel 968 343 080
T: 968 754 104