Due to the Coronavirus, please check with your local Tourist Office or other contacts for up-to-date information on all events in May.
Let us hope that May brings light at the end of this tunnel. However, the current global situation will determine events and actions. Stay informed online at www.costacalidachronicle.com and blog and the relevant Tourist Office websites.
T: 968 652 244 Market Tues
Sunday 3rd May – 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 17th May – 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
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 canvases.
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.
Into 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 to 1.30pm (except 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 10th May – 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 (subject to current situation):
Saturday 9th May – The Murcia Youth Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony (The Leningrad); this internationally-travelled orchestra comprising musicians aged under 23 years. 8pm; tickets 11€-18€.
Monday 11th May – The renowned Concert Pianist Noelia Rodiles plays a selection of Beethoven sonatas and works by Ligeti and Carles Guinovart. 8pm; tickets 10€.
Saturday 16th May – The Malandain Biarritz Ballet perform Marie Antoinette, choreographed by the octogenarian award-winning Thierry Malandain. 8pm; tickets 25€-45€.
Monday 18th May – Il Concerto Accademico, the chamber music orchestra, entertain with pieces by Bach, Dvorak and Vivaldi, led by concert master and leading violinist Margherita Marseglia. 8pm; tickets 15€.
Friday 22nd May – Pastora Soler brings her current tour to the city, performing songs from her new album ‘Sentir’. 9.30pm; tickets 20€-50€.
Saturday 23rd May – Acclaimed countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and The Artaserse Ensemble perform Baroque music by Caldera, Handel, Vivaldi and others. 8pm; tickets 30€-45€.
And a heads-up for Monday 1st June – Pianist Maria Angeles Ayala and the OSRM perform three works by Beethoven. 8pm; tickets 15€.
Season tickets for 2020 are on sale, featuring 24 concerts and dance performances. Tickets for individual events are also available – booking early is recommended.
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