April has truly blossomed – a fabulous, colourful time of year. Grab your camera and explore the stunning scenery; raise your spirits with the multitude of activities available; absorb the tradition and culture of the towns and markets in the region and look forward to the pageantry and religious significance of Easter.
Check out the Tourist Offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.
T: 968 652 244
Sunday 2nd – the regular El Zacatín Artisan Market celebrates the art of distillation, demonstrating how natural plants such as lavender, rosemary and thyme were distilled for medicinal and cosmetic purpose. This compact and characterful market supports traditional and local crafts for a great selection of produce and hand-made goods. There is easy street parking around Plazas Vieja and Del Castillo for the market which runs 9am-2pm.
Sunday 2nd – Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) of the town to view significant historical houses and the renowned clock tower, the Torre del Reloj. There are 3 tours: 11am/12pm and 1pm – collect tickets from the tourist office in the market place 15 mins before each start time. Some guides speak English and it's still a good way to explore the town.
T: 968 745 325
Wednesday 19th April – MARA Dog Charity Lunch @ Restaurante Santuario Virgin de la Esperanza 2pm. Price 12€. Tel 602 848 769/693 447 614
T: 968 702 424
Easter week runs from 7th-14th April with processions and religious services to enjoy and proclaim your faith. As one of five recognised Holy Cities, and 2017 being a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, the week of celebration culminates on Good Friday 14th April with processions morning and evening.
Art Exhibition until 28th May in the Antigua Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús exhibiting works by some of the most important sculptors in the Murcia region with a focus on master sculptor Francisco Salzillo. Tues-Sat 10am-2pm & 5pm-7pm, Sun and religious holidays 10am-2pm. Free guided tours daily 10.30am/12.30am/5.30pm in Spanish. Book on 868 175 188
CEIZA 968 453 500
Sunday 2nd April – Artisan Market in Plaza de España - 10am-2pn
T: 968 723 550
The Archaeological See of Begastri is opened for tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm - 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 B.C. The guided tour in English will be on demand.
Sunday 2nd – Cehegin hosts the XVIII National Mass Gathering of Drums and Cornet Bands – if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Cehegin celebrates Easter with processions in which hundreds of penitents follow and carry religious and artistic statues. These processions take place on Friday of Pain (7th April), Palm Sunday (9th April), Friday morning and night 14th April and Resurrection Sunday April 16th.
Good Friday 14th April Los Pasodobles del Casino 12pm. Different musical bands in the morning procession play a pasodoble in the street outside the Casino in la Calle Mayor in the Old Town. A tradition which reflects the joy and happiness felt by the enemies of Jesus after his death.
Saturday 22nd April - Free Tour in Spanish (guides often speak English) will introduce you to the wealth of history and heritage showcased by impressive architectural wonders of palace, churches, mansions, coats of arms and the Museo Arqueológico. There are English info boards. After the tour, visit the school of wine to learn about the D.O. Bullas wines. Departs Plaza del Castillo 11.30am. Contact Tourist Office for full details and booking (sturdy footwear required for this hilltop town).
Sunday 23rd April – Car Boot Sale at park Ginés de Paco. Pitch 2€. Book at Tourist Office.
Saturday 29th April – Free Activities Day @ Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) 'Coto de las Maravillas' - action for all the family; paintballing, horse riding, assault course, Quidditch pitch and other activities for all ages. Campsite with refreshments available in the bar. Park open throughout each weekend. For more info call 691 200 353 or www.cotodelasmaravillas.com
Sunday 30th April - Artisan Market @ Plaza del Castillo. April's theme is ancient craftwork with demonstrations in wood turning, ceramics, wrought-iron, woven grass and spinning.
T: 968 780 23
T: 968 730 208
10th/11th/12th/17th & 18th April mornings - School of Holy Week, sponsored by the Council of Women - promoting family reconciliation, fellowship and teamwork, raising awareness of values of equality and respect, encouraging creativity through play and crafts and creating a space of coexistence between equals. For children between 3 and 10 years. Registration in the Town Hall Registry 15€. More information at Centro de la Mujer 968 730 154
T: 968 661 501
Saturday 1st April – Los Villaricos Roman Villa site is hosting its first I Jornadas del Deporte Olimpico en la Antiguedad combining sport and culture - 10am-1.30pm. Enjoy a free guided tour of the site and educational workshops on Roman culture. Sporting events such as a 180m race, discus and javelin throwing, long jump, and Greco-Roman wrestling exhibition invite participants, limited to a maximum of 40 persons for 5€ pp.
Enjoy the local Tapas Route. Further info on 669 223 908
Sunday 9th April – Free Tour of Casco Antiguo (in Spanish) - 11.30am from Tourist Office appreciate the main historic sites of significant houses, churches, museums and formidable castle.
Sunday 9th April – Artisan Market in the heart of the historic town.
T: 968 358 749
Wednesday 5th April - Mediterranean Cartagena Tours offer an English language Tour Of a Renowned Town Market to sample products and visit a specialist bakery to appreciate how the popular Murcian meat pie, the pastel de carne, is made. The tour also visits some of the Islamic remains of the city followed by tapas tasting of some of the local favourites. 10am from Verónicas Market's Main Entrance (Murcia). 25€ pp incl food. Booking essential on 650 017 327/968 259 155
Sun 9th/Mon 10th/Tues 11th April - Choirs at the Auditorium @ The Auditorio Victor Villegas featuring the Orpheus Choir, the Ars Nova Choir and the Kodaly Choir on the respective dates. 7pm/8pm/8.30pm respectively. Tickets 10€ pp.
A third "Moon Bike" season is underway for 2017. Ten guided itineraries will each start in the Glorieta de Espana (in front of Murcia Town Hall) by the River Segura; between 10K and 15K (no steep climbs). 8.30pm start (no pre-registration is required). Cycles should have adequate lighting and 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 at all times. Municipal bikes are available two days prior on 968 200 293. The tourist office has a full list of routes and start times.
Monday 24th April – the precocious talent of prize-winning pianist Jorge Nava sparks into life @ Auditorio Victor Villegas with a piano concert performing Beethoven's sonatas. Tickets 12€ from the Box Office 8pm.
Friday 28th April - El Cello en España Concert - programme of eighteenth century pieces written for the cello @ the Conjunto Monumental de San Juan de Dios (behind the Cathedral in Murcia City). Tickets 10€ (6€ for students/retirees/unemployed) from Filmoteca in Murcia (Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm/Sun 6pm-8pm) Tel: 968 902 201, or 30 mins before start at venue at 8pm.
T: 968 754 104
Saturday 8th April – Free Guided Tour (in Spanish) - Starting from the sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo with stunning views over the town relating to the demise of the castle and concluding with a visit to the museum of the fiestas and opportunity to sample local wines - 11am – booking from Tourist Office essential.
Sunday 30th – Free Guided Walk 'From Bud to Bottle' - through the Yecla vineyards as the vines start to bud followed with the chance to sample local wines and buy direct from a local bodega. 9am (meeting point will be advised by the tourist office when you book). Sensible shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.