South East Murcia News October 2016

Local Fiestas

Los Alcazares - Fiesta del Caldero
Held during the second week of October, with the main fiesta day being the 12th October, which is also a national holiday, Hispanic Day.

For Los Alcazares the fiesta signifies the gaining of municipal independence when it was segregated from the municipalities of San Javier and Torre Pacheco, on 13th October 1983. Hence, Los Alcazares has a week-long celebration of the town's municipal autonomy, during which there are firework displays, processions and most notable, the 'Caldero' Festival, where the local fishermen light fires on the beach and cook their catch in hanging cauldrons (12th October). Typical dishes of the Mar Menor, whose recipes are mainly based on rice and fish, are cooked on the beaches throughout the day and the public is encouraged to join in the celebrations and gastronomy presented by this historically important fishing town.

Sucina - Fiesta del Virgin del Rosario
Sucina started its fiesta on 23rd September and it will continue until 10th October in honour of their patron saint, the Virgen del Rosario. The fiesta includes concerts, a paella competition, crazy car race, magic show and fireworks. The highlights for October events are:

Saturday 1st October – 10pm Pandora Future Music Festival

Sunday 2nd October – 11am Vintage Motorbike Exhibition & 10pm Procession of Statue of the Virgen del Rosario

Friday 7th October – 10pm Concert with Tina Turner & ABBA Tribute bands

Saturday 8th October – 4.30pm 4th Crazy Car Race & 10pm Concert by the band La Hungara

Sunday 9th October – 10am 9th Romeria with Horses and Carriages, 2pm Paella Competition, 5pm Flavours of Great Britain & 10pm 7th Sucina Gala Evening

Monday 10th October – 1pm Migas, 5pm Ribbon Race & 10pm Awards Ceremony

Balsicas/Torre Pacheco
Balsicas and Torre Pacheco will be enjoying fiestas during the second and third weeks of October with lots of events to enjoy. Take a wander into the respective tourist information offices for more details on timetables for events.

Tel 968 128 800 – Market Mon

La Union
Tel 868 049 941/692 925 970 – Market Tues
8th & 22nd October – Free Guided Tour to Condado De Roche De La Unión. Enjoy discovering the history of La Union; their songs, traditions, emblematic buildings, museums and mining remains, highlighting the landscape of the Sierra Minera and its valuable industrial heritage. Depart 10am from Ethnographic Museum-Roche.

8th, 22nd & 29th October – Tour of the Mining Park of La Union to discover the old underground mining industry of the 19th & 20th centuries, from ore extraction to washing and concentration and the subsequent acquisition of metal. Experience the unforgettable experience of traveling along more than 4,000 m2 of galleries and perceive how the miners lived. 10am from Mining Park 7€

8th, 22nd & 29th October – Free Guided Tour of Old La Union. 12pm from the old public market in La Union.

15th October – Free Guided Tour of Portus Magnus, La Union a natural harbour, a strategic enclave in Roman times. There are numerous remains from the era of mining and smelting facilities. 10am from the entrance to the village supermarket.

29th October – Free Guided Tour of the Cemetery of Nuestra Señora Del Rosario. 10am.

San Javier
Tel 968 172 041 – Market Thurs
8th October - Free Cycling Tour 10am from Municipal Polideportivo of Alcázares. Comfortable shoes are recommended. When booking please specify if you need to borrow a bike.

8th October - Free Guided Boat Trip from La Manga del Mar Menor In English. Discover La Manga del Mar Menor and its surroundings, history and peculiarities on a guided boat trip from Tomás Maestre Marina in La Manga del Mar Menor to Santiago de la Ribera and back. 12.15pm. Essential to book at Tourist Office.

8th October – Free Guided Tour of Santiago de La Ribera in 1000 Steps, Tour In Spanish and English. 11am from Tourist Office in Santiago de la Ribera. Booking essential.

San Pedro del Pinatar
Tel 968 182 301 – Market Thurs
15th October – Artisan Market on the seafront at Lo Pagan. 10am-2pm

16th October – Free Bird Observation – see numerous species of birds that live and visit this enclave, including Flamingos (Phonicopterus roseus). 6pm from the Flamingos Roundabout, opposite Visitor Centre "Las Salinas". Essential equipment – binoculars, comfortable shoes, nondescript clothes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, snack and water. About 2hrs and 3km. Book at Tourist Office

Free Guided Cycle Route - Sunday 25th Sept
10am from El Molino de Quintín. Distance 9km. Explore the southern part of the Regional Park, pedaling between the salt ponds and waters of the Mar Menor, overlooking the salt mills, salt mountains and Las Encañizadas. Registration at Tourist Office.