March puts a spring into everyone's step and perhaps even a twinkle in the eye. Seize upon the feel-good factor and make the most of what's happening in Northwest Murcia this month.
There is culture, music, activities and fun waiting to educate and entertain you – but it won't come to you – you have to get out there and find it; so hey, you – get going!
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244
Sunday 5th March – Artisan Market
T: 968 745 325
Saturday 25th March 9am-1pm & 4pm-8pm & Sunday 26th March 9am-1pm – Course on Using a Defibrillator – 90€ - contact Red Cross on 620 405 108
T: 968 702 424
T: 968 723 550
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm at 2€ per person. The tour begins with a video presentation followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian culture before the IV century BC. Tour in English will be 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. Campsite within the park & refreshments available in the bar. The park open each weekend. For entry at other time please telephone 691 200 353
Carnival Time continues to the 5th March: the largest in the north-west - a full programme of parades and parties! Contact the tourist office for details.
Saturday 18th March – 2hr tour in Spanish of history of the Old Quarter including the Archaeological Museum, Main Street, the Church of La Concepción and the Casa Jaspe. There are English info boards. After tour visit school of wine in Palacio de la Tercia. Contact the tourist office for full details.
Sunday 26th March Artisan Market in Plaza del Castillo. March's theme celebrates Easter.
This is the time of year to visit this quaint town in Northwest Murcia. The show of the trees in full blossom is famous throughout Spain.
Sunday 5th March – 8th Subida al Portazgo – 25km (25€/30€) mountain running race (14km (20€/25€) for juniors). 9am from Football Ground.
Sunday 5th March – Mercadillo de los Frailes in Plaza de España 10am-2pm.
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th – Gastronomic Fair, Saborarte – 25 restaurants offering food/drink tastings & music
Saturday 11th March –Free Concert - The Ladies @ Plaza de España 10pm-11.50pm
T: 968 780 23
The first weekend in March is the last chance to enjoy the Tapas Route 'Vino y Queso Sabe a Beso'. 24 bars and restaurants are participating; a tapa and glass of wine for 3€.
Saturday 18th March – Lovers of art can enjoy a Spanish Language Tour of the sacred art of Jumilla, located in the 15th century Iglesia de Santiago and the Museum run by the Nazareno Cofradia. 2€ 5.30pm.
Saturday 25th – Teatro Vico will be rocking to the sounds of Revolver, performing songs from their latest album Capitol Tour with their early 90s top hits. 8€/10€/12€ 9pm
The Teatro Vico also hosts a variety of Cultural Events in March, musical and theatrical, for audiences skilled in the Spanish language – details from the box office.
T: 968 730 208
Each weekend until the 26th March, the Sala de Exposiciones in the Convento de San Francisco hosts an exhibition entitled Tradiciones, showcasing traditional pastimes and activities. Fridays 7pm-10pm; Saturdays 11am-2pm and 6pm-10pm; Sundays 11am-2pm.
Friday 3rd March – Singer Vincente Paolo & Guitarist Eduardo Piqueras @ Teatro Trieta 8pm
T: 968 661 501
Each Sunday Free Guided Tour Of The Roman Villa Site Of Villaricos, in Spanish - one of the best preserved agricultural villas from the Roman province of Hispania. Info boards in English. The covered structures can be seen from the motorway. 10.30am start and 45 mins (book through the tourist office). For groups of about 20 an English-speaking guide is possible.
Sunday 12th March – Artisan Market
T: 968 358 749
Saturday 11th March– 3rd "Moon Bike" season is underway. Ten guided itineraries will start in the Glorieta de Espana (in front of Murcia Town Hall) by the River Segura. 10km-15km and no steep climbs. 8.30pm (no pre-registration required). Cycles should have adequate lighting, bell and you should wear light coloured, or reflective, clothing and a cycle helmet in urban areas. Those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Municipal bikes are available two days prior on 968 200 293. Tourist office has a full list of routes and start times for this season.
T: 968 754 104
Saturday 25th March – Free Guided Tour Of Historical Yecla (in Spanish). 11am from the Basilica de la Purisma (sometimes an English speaker on the tour or guides may speak English). The visuals, however, need few words and to increase the pleasure. Booking at Tourist Office.
Annual Tapas Route on at the same time, also bodegas in the town to tempt your palate. Tip: try the local Yeclan sweet Libricos.