As we step boldly into February will we be leaving footprints in snow, slush or sand? Whichever it is – there is a marked beauty to Northwest Murcia and you need to discover and enjoy all on offer. Explore with a sense of adventure, grab hold of the fun, and make some memories.
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244 – Market Saturday
The Museum of Wine (Museo del Vino de Bullas) is always worth a visit, but it's even more of a treat until 16th February as the museum is graced with an art exhibition by Gloria Rodriguez. Combine this with an interesting display of wine-related materials and the well-stocked shop with wine priced the same as you'll find in local bodegas.
T: 968 745 325 – Market Friday
T: 968 702 424 – Market Monday
T: 968 723 550 – Market Wednesday
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm. 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 is on demand.
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 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
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th – San Sebastian with torch-lit parade and bonfires
Saturday 18th February – Free Guided Tour in Spanish of about 2 hours will introduce you to the history of the Old Quarter including the Archaeological Museum, Main Street, the Church of La Concepción and the Casa Jaspe. It's a good way to explore (there are English info boards), and not least after the tour, a visit to the school of wine in the Palacio de la Tercia. Contact the tourist office for full details.
Sunday 19th February – the Car Boot Sale will be in the Ginés de Paco at the bottom of Gran Via with easy parking. Those wishing to book a site for a stall need to contact the tourist office – 1€ per metre.
Sunday 26th February– Artisan Market (the last Sunday of each month until May), situated in the Plaza del Castillo above the town. Each market "El Mesoncico" has a different theme with more than 30 craftsmen to tempt you with produce and goods. February's theme celebrates the Carnival in an atmosphere of costumes, music and humour; speaking of which:
Sunday 26th February - start of Carnival which runs until 5th March: the largest in Northwest Murcia - a full programme of parades and parties! Programme details will be released closer to the start date – definitely one for your diary.
T: 968 780 23 – Market Tuesday
Sunday 12th February – Free Guided Tour of a route through the old quarter takes in the 19th century Teatro Vico and the Casa Honda/Casa del Artesano, built in the 16th century. 11am from Teatro Vico. Oh yes; and there are more than a few wine bodegas which can also be visited on the day!
T: 968 730 208 – Market Saturday
T: 968 661 501 – Market Saturday
Each Sunday during February Free Guided Tour of the Roman Villa site of Villaricos, one of the best preserved agricultural villas from the Roman province of Hispania. You'll find the site outside the town near the motorway exit on the Carretera del Embalse de la Cierva. From the RM-15, take the turning for Mula and go immediately right at the roundabout. The Roman Villa site is just a short distance up the lane. The covered structures can be seen from the motorway. 10.30am for about 45 mins (book through the Tourist Office). Tours in Spanish, but info boards in English and often some multi-lingual group members. If you can form a group of about 20 then an advanced booking with an English-speaking guide is possible through the Tourist Office.
Sunday 12th February, combine the fun of a monthly Artisan Market with a Free Tour Of The Historic Centre of Mula which includes the imposing castle. Tour is in Spanish - 11.30am from Tourist Office. Leaflets available in English. The market is in the historic area, the Mercadillo de los 4 Plazas.
T: 968 358 749
www.turismo.yecla.es T: 968 754 104