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The Intriguing Story of Medieval Caravaca de la Cruz

December 1st, 2017|Caravaca de la Cruz|

[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] The famous Caravaca Cross is composed of a vertical arm and the defining two unequal length horizontal arms giving the ‘double’ cross shape.  According to tradition, it belonged to the Patriarch Robert of Jerusalem, the first bishop following the end of the First Crusade in 1099.  How then [...]

History and Caravaca de la Cruz to the Romans

November 1st, 2017|Caravaca de la Cruz, COSTA CALIDA BLOG|

[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Caravaca de la Cruz (literally ‘Caravaca of the Cross’) is one of a number of delightful small towns in Northwest Murcia, some 40 miles from the City of Murcia itself.  While the town can boast a long history of settlement, the modern town has developed around its castle, [...]

A history of Mazarrón to Modern Times

October 25th, 2017|COSTA CALIDA BLOG, FROM TOWN TO TOWN, Mazarrón|

[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Coming to the 18th Century, we arrive at times of war (the War of Spanish Succession), when, during the earliest years of the century Murcia was, once again, dangerous frontier land with nearby areas under enemy, Hapsburg, control. The direction of Murcia's support for the Bourbon cause came [...]

A history of Mazarrón in the 16th & 17th Centuries

August 29th, 2017|Mazarrón|

By the middle of the 16th Century moves for Mazarrón to gain its independence from Lorca were strongly afoot with the Marquises of Vélez and Villena and the Genoese who were directing the profitable alum trade, at the helm. […]

A history of Mazarrón from the Romans to the late Middle Ages

July 29th, 2017|Mazarrón|

After the Romans, things appear to have dropped into a relatively quiet period – at least in terms of remains still to be seen – during the times of Visigoth and Byzantine settlers. […]

A history of Mazarrón from Prehistoric to Roman Times

June 26th, 2017|Mazarrón|

Mazarrón is a relatively small town comprising several distinct areas. There is the Port of Mazarrón, in past times concentrating on fishing, but more recently, a favoured seaside location for local people and visitors alike. […]