Including: Bullas, Calasparra, Caravaca, Cehegin, Jumilla, Moratalla, Mula, Murcia & Yecla
Check at your local Tourist Office for full details of Events
The Via Verde is a Green Way for walkers and cyclists.
Tel: 968 652 244 Tues Market
Sunday 7th May – El Zacatan Artisan/Medieval Market 9am-2pm
Salto del Usero, in Bullas, is the 5th Natural Monument in the Region of Murcia. It includes 1.7-hectares of beauty and rarity with geological formations, making this area deserving of special protection. Other Natural Monuments include: Las Gredas de Bolnuevo, Mazarrón; the Black Cape, Caravaca de la Cruz; Mount Arabí, Yecla and the Sima de la Higuera, Pliego.
Visit Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla. Guided tours (in English) for only 2 people (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
Tel: 968 745 325 Fri Market
Saturday 6th May – XVIII Half Marathon
6pm – Half Marathon
6.30pm – 10.5km
More information at www.clubalpinocalasparra.com
Monday 8th May – MABS CalasparraRace Day @ La Plaza Restaurant, Calasparra 2.30pm
Tickets 20€ to include tickets for the races, meal with beer, wine or soft drinks to enjoy during the meal.
Saturday 27th May – MABS Calasparra Music Mix Night @ Alandalus, Valle del Sol 8pm-midnight.
Tickets 5€ (children under 10 years 3€)
Department of Sport
Various activities have been organised by the Town Hall at 19€/month
Tennis – Beginners, Medium and Advanced (from 16 years) Maintenance Gym Yoga Functional Training
Gym For Older People (9.50€ for pensioners)
There will also be sessions at the OAPs Club on Mon, Tues & Thurs
For more information and registering, go to the Town Hall for a copy of the full programme, the Ayuntamiento de Calasparra Facebook page, or Calasparra.org webpage
3km Walk of Calasparra begins at the Casa Granero Building which 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.
Underground Caves – 700 metres of accessible areas and 9km of areas of stalactites and stalagmites made from the Upper Cretaceous Period. The 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 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.
Tel: 968 702 424 Mon Market
Monday 1st May – Wednesday 3rd May – Caravaca Wine Horse Festival
Legend has it that the Castle of Caravaca was besieged by Muslim troops.
Food began to be scarce and they decided to go in search of food finding wine near Lorca. Upon arrival at the Sanctuary they found a large Muslim fence, avoiding the enemy defences by running up the wineskins loaded on a horse.
The first documentary references appear in the 17th Century. Since then they have evolved to the point where they are currently a 3 day contest full of strength, beauty and emotion: the bareback horse, the harnessing and the race. The spectacular aspect of the wine horses is their harnesses, dressed in pieces embroidered with silk, precious stones and gold and silver beads, made to measure for each horse.
The party begins on May 1st with the bareback contest when the equine morphology is rewarded in its pure state.
May 2nd is the big day of the Wine Horse Festival. At noon, on the way up to the castle, the legendary Wine Horse Race takes place.
The participation of the young ones takes place on May 3rd. This constitutes one of the most emotional and friendly moments of this unique festival.
Sunday 21st May – Artisan Market
(check date because of local elections)
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 has 5% of a 4,000-piece collection which rotates in the space available. 3€ (reduced 2€/child 1€). Check opening times with Tourist Office.
Tel: 968 723 550 Wed Market
Friday 12th May – Concert by El Arrebato @ Plaza de Toros.
More information and tickets from Tourist Office or online at https://www.geventosmurcia.com/info-arrebato
The monthly Artisan Market is cancelled due to voting in local elections.
The Archaeological Site of Begastri opens 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
Tel: 968 780 237 Tues Market
Wine Exhibition @ Wine Museum (until end of May)
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 the 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.
Tel: 968 730 208 Sat Market
Sunday 21st May – XXIV Sierras de Moratalla – Northwest Region of Murcia 2023
The Sierras de Moratalla Northwest Cycling Race in the Region of Murcia is one of the most demanding cycling events on the sports calendar in the Region of Murcia and at the same time one of the most attractive due to the environment in which it takes place. Go to the yosoyciclista.com website to register.
Tours to the Rock Art of Moratalla are available encapsulating prehistoric to medieval styles and is 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
Tel: 968 661 501 Sat Market
Sunday 14th May – Artisan Market
El Cigarralejo Museum and Casa Pinatada with relatively new exhibitions may have escaped your attention to-date – info from Tourist Office.
Tel: 968 358 749
The Largest Ice Rink In Murcia Opens All Year Round!
Enjoy fun on ice at the Thader Shopping Centre, Murcia. The rink is open every day from 5.15pm-9.15pm. On Saturdays and fiesta days it will be open from 12noon-9.15pm.
30 minutes for 8€
It is obligatory to wear gloves.
Discover the contemporary arts centre Centro Parraga in the city centre.
Tel 968 351 410
Tel: 968 754 104 Wed Market
Monday 22nd May – 9km Walk & Visit Bodegas Casetaño 9am
5€ to include snack and wine at end of tour.
Book at Tourist Office