The year marches on into November yet there's still time for you to explore and enjoy the delights of North-West Murcia that have escaped your attention so far.
Or probably, many are so good that you wish to return! Fabulous countryside, intriguing history, clever craft-work and rousing music events jostle for your attention.
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244 Market - Tuesday
Sunday 13th – Artisan Fayre
T: 968 745 325 Market – Friday
4th – 27th Ruta de Tapas – on Fridays and Saturdays - 2€ for small beer and tapa.
T: 968 702 424 Market – Monday
Sunday 20th – Artisan Fayre
Sunday 20th – Free 1.5 Hour Tour of this Holy City starting in front of the Castle and Basilica at 11.15am (in Spanish). The route winds down through the mediaeval quarter and is extremely visual, accompanied with leaflets in English and info boards in Spanish and English for most of the significant sights; tour participants often can speak both languages. You do need to pre-book via the tourist office sited at the edge of the old quarter and where parking is easiest. Wear comfy shoes for the 15-minute walk up to the castle to start the tour.
T: 968 723 550 Market - Wednesday
Saturday 19th – Take a Tour Of The Old Quarter to absorb the history and a wealth of information, visiting the Archaeological Museum, the Main Street, the Church of La Concepción and the Casa Jaspe. And there's more...afterward, a visit to the school of wine in the Palacio de la Tercia, to learn and appreciate. The tour is in Spanish, for approx. 2 hours and you should wear suitable walking shoes.
Sunday 20th - hunt for a bargain at the Car Boot Sale in the park Ginés de Paco at the bottom of Gran Via where there is plenty of parking space. The town hall no longer provides stalls; the charge remains 1€ per metre – to book a site, contact the tourist office.
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.10am, 11.15am and 12.20am. 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 B.C. The guided tour in English will be on demand.
Sunday 27th - Artisan Market, "El Mesoncico" in the old town, from 10am-3pm. Each market has a different theme and more than 50 craftspeople will tempt you with traditional and unique fare. This month there is the chance to enjoy the traditional music from the country group, Cuadrillas. Free parking is available at the Marble Technology Centre situated in Carrete Murcia, approached from the west.
The Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) 'Coto de las Maravillas' is action-packed for all the family with a choice of paintballing, horse riding, an assault course, a Quidditch pitch as well as many others activities for all ages. There is also a campsite within the park and refreshments are available in the bar. The park is open throughout each weekend. For entry at other time please telephone 691 200 353 for more information. More info at www.cotodelasmaravillas.com
Sunday 27th – Free Family Nature Walk (the last Sunday of each month) takes you this month to the River Argos. The walk is only 5km, classed as easy and takes about 2.5 hours. The meeting point is Explanada Centro Tecnológico del Mármol close to the motorway west exit at 9am. From there, you will drive in your own car to the start of the walk. Maximum 2 children under 14 years of age accompanied per adult. Bring own drinks and snacks; the tour is in Spanish.
www.jumilla.org T: 968 780 23 – Market Tuesday
T: 968 730 208 – Market Saturday
Saturday 5th – Guided Tour of Castle – 2€ 12.30pm 45mins
Saturday 5th – Free Guided Tour of Moratalla and Villa Santiaguista – 11.30am from Tourist Office – 1hr – Pre-booking required
Moratalla City Council together with the Department of Housing has approved the creation of a stock of rental housing. The purpose is to facilitate the temporary access of citizens to rental housing privately owned, unoccupied and good living conditions. Temporary housing in rental housing is a low-cost means to prevent and avoid situations of social exclusion and to boost the rental of properties in the old town which have been uninhabited. The homes must meet minimum requirements of optimal living conditions; fully fitted kitchen, water and electrical supply and the rental price must not exceed 250 euros.
People who want to access to this housing must prove a minimum financial solvency but must be credited with a guarantor.
Alzheimer/Caretakers in Moratalla and the districts of Benizar and Sabinar were the subject of one of these workshops, sponsored by the Department of Social Policy in Moratalla, was launched with the slogan "Do not forget ... although I do not remember you".
During the workshop many family members told their experience, which was tremendously enriching. In addition to training and information the valuable reason for testimonials, tips and experiences was evident.
T: 968 661 501 Market - Saturday
Sunday 13th – combine the fun of a monthly Artisan Market with a Free Tour Of The Historic Centre of Mula which includes the imposing castle. The tour is in Spanish and starts at 11.30am from Tourist Office. Leaflets available in English from the office. The market is also in the historic area, the Mercadillo de los 4 Plazas.
T: 968 358 749
Friday 4th – The Teatro Circo hosts the Danzad Malditos which recreates the dance marathons of the USA's Great Depression. If you've seen the 1969 Sidney Pollack film, 'They Shoot Horses Don't They?' you get the idea. Boasting a Best New Show award in 2016, it starts at 9pm with admission prices of 10€, 12€ and 15€.
Saturday 12th – enjoy a Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of the historical centre of Murcia. It's a great way to explore the best historical monuments, vibrant plazas, building architecture and street scenes – maps and leaflets in English are available from the tourist office in Plaza de Belluga, from where you'll depart at 10.30am.
Later in the evening, why not take part in a Moon Bike Ride which starts in the Glorieta de Espana (in front of the town hall) by the River Segura at 7pm. A free, gentle route of between 10k and 15k on your own bike or you can arrange to use one of the municipal bikes by calling 968 200 293 2 days in advance.
www.turismo.yecla.es T: 968 754 104
Sunday 20th – discover the rich Baroque heritage of the Old Quarter of Yecla which follows a Free Guided Route taking in such wonders as 16th century church of La Asuncion, the Museum de Semana Santa and La Molineta viewing point. The tour is in Spanish but often there are English-speaking translators or guides (but no guarantees) – leaflets in English are available. Start at the Basilica of La Purisima at 11am for about 1.5 hours – pre-booking via the Tourist Office is essential. It's a great way to orientate with the city for future visits; and to sample local Yeclan sweet pastries!