One of the most intriguing figures in the history of Murcia City is a sculptor, Francisco Salzillo, whose life covered much of the 18th Century. Salzillo's father, Nicolás, arrived in Murcia from Naples (which was, at that time, part of Spain) at the end of the 17th Century and his son, Francisco, was born on 12th May 1707.
At last, the hot weather has arrived and it's time to dig out the BBQ and do what the Spanish do best – dining outside. I don't think a steak tastes better than when cooked on a BBQ and we have noticed a lot of wood-fire-cooking restaurants appearing, so it seems others agree.
There are more fiestas to celebrate in the area this month:
El Escobar: Village Fiesta runs from 22nd to 25th June.
Hello June, where are we going this month; when are we going; and will we wonder why we've left it so long? Below is a taster of what's on around the region – there's something to whet your appetite even if you're on a budget or pressed for time. Events range in price from free to very affordable – how can you resist?
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244
Sunday 4th – the monthly El Zacatín Artisan Market flies back in time to 1690 with a Baroque theme focused on the story of Bullas' independence from the municipality of Cehegin.
Cyclist Protection Plans Revealed
The Traffic Safety Committee of the General Traffic Department (DGT) had a meeting to study the problems facing cyclists and all road users relating to their safe movement. Some of these measures are already being implemented "as a result of the Plan of Urgent Measures" launched by the Ministry of the Interior and the General Directorate of Traffic a few months ago.
Tel 968 493 285 – Sat Market
Housing Plan for First-Time Buyers and Struggling Tenants
Help is finally at hand to get young adults onto the housing ladder with grants of up to €10,800 available to anyone up to the age of 35 inclusive to use as a deposit and fees. Where the property is particularly cheap, however, the grant will be capped at 20% of the sale price.
This month I would like to give details of a cruise I have recently taken. It was reasonably priced, even allowing for the controversial fact that travelling alone attracts a single supplement which though less on this particular cruise, can add up to 50% of the advertised cost.
Regular walking has been shown to reduce your risk of many diseases including heart disease, dementia and stroke, plus lowering the bad LDL cholesterol, while increasing the good HDL cholesterol levels.