Northwest Murcia News May 2017

May heralds the turning point from Spring to Summer – when heat waves goodbye to cool. The mercury's rising but don't let it dampen your enthusiasm to engage in the culture and tradition on offer; and fun of course!

Whatever your passion: art, music, history, crafts, nature or sporting activities – there's something to suit you.
Check out the tourist offices regularly for the latest information using the contact details as shown.

T: 968 652 244
Sunday 7th May – the monthly El Zacatín Artisan Market in May focuses on the traditions of weaving esparto grass, but there will also be the regular selection of produce and crafted goods. The market is set in the streets of Plazas Vieja and Del Castillo 9am-2pm.

Sunday 7th May – the market coincides with a Free Guided Tour of Bullas c. 1900, in Spanish, yet it's a great way to explore the town for future visits; often guides do speak some English. 11am/midday/1pm. Pre-book at Tourist Office.

T: 968 745 325
Lest We Forget: there is now a branch of the Royal British Legion established in Calasparra.
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Sunday 14th May – not for the faint-hearted, this 41km Guided Route celebrates the 2017 Caravaca de la Cruz Holy Year. This route from the Santuario de la Virgen de la Esperanza in Calasparra to the basilica in Caravaca de la Cruz follows the official Camino de la Veracruz trail. All participants must download a documento de Descarga de Responsabilidad, to verify their physical capacity to undertake the route and full acceptance of any mishaps. Without completing and signing this document you will not be permitted to undertake the route. Start time is 8am, price 7€, info and booking via the Tourist Office – a minibus will return you to Calasparra.

Saturday 27th May – XIV Mountain Half Marathon 6.30pm from Gran Via

T: 968 702 424
Wine Horse Festival
Monday 1st May – kicks off five days of Fiestas of la Santisima y Vera Cruz: a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, music and theatre infused with passion and talent.

Tuesday 2nd May – The Running of the Wine Horses - approx 60 horses are paraded in their richly embroidered mantels in the morning and then race against the clock up the hill to the Basilica.

Sunday 21st May – Free Guided Tour of the historical quarter in Spanish (English info boards abound) starts in front of the Castle and Basilica at 11.15am and lasts about 1.5 hours. Guides often speak English and leaflets in English also available. Pre-book via the Tourist Office.

Exhibition until 28th May
Art lovers will be drawn to the Antigua Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús where works of some of the most important sculptors in the Murcia region are on display, with a focus on master sculptor Francisco Salzillo. Open Tues-Sat 10am-2pm and 5pm-7pm & Sundays and religious holidays 10am-2pm (closed Mon). Free guided tours offered daily at 10.30am/12.30pm/5.30pm in Spanish. Reservations required by calling 868 175 188

T: 968 723 550
Archaeological See of Begastri open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm - 2€ pp. 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. Tour in English on demand.

The Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) 'Coto de las Maravillas' has activities for all the family with a choice of paintballing, horse riding, an assault course, a Quidditch pitch as well as much more for all ages. Campsite within the park and refreshments available in the bar. Open every weekend. For more info and entry at other times please call 691 200 353 or access

Saturday 20th May – Free Tour in Spanish (guides often speak English) of about 2 hours to see the town's wealth of history and heritage. It's a good way to explore (there are English info boards), and not least after the tour, enjoy a visit to the school of wine in the Palacio de la Tercia. Contact Tourist Office for full details and to reserve a place (sturdy footwear required for this hilltop town).

Sunday 21st May – Car Boot Sale at Park Ginés de Paco with plenty of parking. Booking a site at Cehegín Tourist Office – 1€ per metre.

Sunday 28th May – Artisan Market in Plaza del Castillo. "El Mesoncico" has a different theme with more than 30 craftsmen to tempt you with produce and goods: this month is all about fresh local fruit and vegetables.

T: 968 780 237

T: 968 730 208

Saturday 20th May – Free Guided Walk in Cañaveros Nature Reserve, Moratalla 10.30am. Booking essential. Tel 968 847 510

T: 968 661 501
Saturday 13th May - Free Guided Tour in Spanish of the centre of this historic town, with leaflets in English available from the tourist office. 11.30am from Tourist Office in Convento de San Francisco. The tour coincides with the monthly Artisan Market conveniently set in the Mercadillo de los 4 Plazas.

T: 968 358 749
Terra Natural Wildlife Park is celebrating its 10th anniversary and offers flat rate 10€ tickets for all ages until 19th May. Located just outside the city from the A7 and A30 motorways, the park hosts exotic species and beautiful animals, workshops, shows and interactive events. Tel: 902 505 560

Exhibition until 9th July
The Museo de Bellas Artes hosts an exhibition containing urban art works by 85 renowned graffiti artists from around the world including Spain at the Mubam. Open Tues-Fri 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sun and public holidays 11am-2pm.

Thursday 4th May - Who knew the Silk Industry was so predominant in the development of Murcia? Find out more at the Filmoteca Francisco Rabal in Plaza Fontes, a one-minute walk from the Cathedral. The first showing of a new six-part documentary, starting at 8pm. Free entry plus a presentation from the producers and a free DVD.

Sunday 14th May – as part of the recognition that the silk industry there is a Free Workshop for children (ages 5 to 12) on the cultivation of silkworms, evolution of the moth, and how to obtain the silk thread from the cocoons.

Tuesday/Wednesday 16th/17th May – Workshops - adults can discover more about silk production past and future, from traditional use to the potential in the fields of bio-medicine and bio-technology. From 6pm-7.30pm.

Registration and more info for child and adult workshops at the Museo Arqueológico de Murcia or phone 968 234 602

Friday 19th May – Traditional Music and Dancing by the Peña La Seda folklore group at the archaeological museum starts to celebrate Murcia's silk industry heritage. 8pm

Exhibition until 28th May
Learn about the history of silk production at the Museo Arqueológico de Murcia. Open Tues-Friday 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sat 11am-2pm & 5pm-8pm; Sun & public holidays 11am-2pm.

Saturday 6th May – 3rd "Moon Bike" season is underway which start in the Glorieta de Espana (in front of Murcia Town Hall) by the River Segura; between 10K and 15K and no steep climbs involved. Starting at 8.30pm, no pre-registration is required. Your 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 at all times. Municipal bikes are available two days prior on 968 200 293; adjustments to your bike is available if you arrive an hour before the start. The tourist office has a full list of routes and start times.

Saturday 13th May – let your kids add a splash of colour to the Jardin de la Seda where experts will guide your children in Designing and Decorating T-Shirts to take home. There are three sessions scheduled, the first starting at 10am and the last ending at 1.30pm.

Saturday 20th May – the Jardín del Malecón on the north bank of the River Segura hosts a Giant Mural Painting for children: 10 metres in length and 2.5 metres high, once complete the mural will be donated to the Centro Cardenal Belluga. There are three sessions scheduled, the first starting at 10am and the last ending at 1pm.

Register your children via the Town Hall website and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 25th May - Free Concert in the Cloisters of the Palacio de San Esteban, the fourth and last in a cycle of period music. Features Paloma Gutiérrez del Arroyo (vocals) and Manuel Vilas (medieval harp) - the concert entitled 'Chantador del mal d'amor', a rendition of works by Bernart de Ventadorn, is considered one of the great troubadours of Medieval France.

Sunday 28th May – 2nd Let's Go Crazy In Murcia
1,500 places available for this urban obstacle race which benefits AFAMUR to assist the families of those suffering from Alzheimers in the city. It's a 6km course with 30 obstacles en-route including the largest toboggan in Spain, the 'human wall', several obstacles involving the river Segura and the 'wet road'. At the end of the road a Fun Park will be set up in the Plaza Cruz Roja where a giant paella will help recovery. There are classes for seniors (18 to 35 year olds), veterans (over 35) and teams. Registration on Race starts at 10am and all competitors must complete by 1pm.

T: 968 754 104
Saturday 13th May – Grand Parade of impressive paper carriages and floats for San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers and agriculture.

Sunday 28th May– an early start at 9am for Free Guided Vineyards Walk and Wine Tasting (and buying) event. An educational way to enjoy a family day out – sensible shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended. Book at Tourist Office.