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Map of Murcia City and region

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Murcia is both a region and a city. Its historical and cultural traditions are both Muslim dating from year 825 and then Christian after being retaken by the Christian monarchs it belonged first of all to The Kingdom of  Aragon then Castile.


  Festivities in Murcia
The Holy Week processions in the city of Murcia are famous throughout Spain. Life-sized sculptures by Francisco Salzillo (1707-1783) are taken out of museums and carried around the city in elegant processions full of flowers and, at night, candles. These finely detailed sculptures portray events leading up to and including the crucifixion.

Possibly the most colourful celebrations are the week after Holy Week, when Murcians dress in traditional huertano clothing to celebrate Bando de la Huerta (Huerta Parade) and, a week later, fill the streets for the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine Parade).

Festivities in Murcia
Caravaca de la Cruz
Fiestas de la Santísima y Vera Cruz
Declarada de Interés Turístico Internacional
This festival commemorates the appearance, in the 13th century, of the Holy Cross in the ancient fortress of Moorish king Abu-Zayt. The first day begins with a Reveille, in which there is no shortage of gunpowder, and this is followed by the big day of the fiestas with parades of Moors and Christians and the running of the Wine Horses (Caballos del Vino) up the castle ramp laden with heavy hogsheads of wine and richly embroidered mantles. Also celebrated is the Bathing of the Cross (Baño de la Cruz) in the baroque shrine, in memory of the miracle of 1384 when the holy waters ended a plague of locusts.
Declared of International Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: May



Festivities in Murcia
Cartagena
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Internacional
Cartagena lives its Passion Week with such abandon that it rubs off onto locals and outsiders alike. The Confraternities of Marrajos and Californios are proud of their secular past, and their early-morning processions are marked by the perfect synchrony of the cortèges, the sumptuousness of the robes, and the quality of the carved images, produced in the finest workshops. Both confraternities stage a number of processions over the seven days, among which the most striking are on Holy Wednesday (Californios) and the encounter on early Friday morning between the Christ of the Fishermen and his mother, the Virgin Mary, in the Plaza del Lago (Marrajos). On the Friday before Easter the Confraternity of Christ our Helper (Cristo del Socorro) bring out their image of the same name from the Old Cathedral of Santa María.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Entierro de la Sardina
Declarada de Interés Turístico Internacional
The Burial of the Sardine, the climax of the Spring Festival, is Murcia's wackiest night of the year. On this April Saturday, a crazy cavalcade of "giants" and "big-heads" (gigantes and cabezudos), torch-bearers and entertainers, demons and Brazilian samba groups will escort a fleet of some twenty floats, one for each Sardinero association, which, in honour of the most diverse Gods of Olympus, will throw hundreds of thousands of euros worth of toys to the crowd in the space of just a few hours. Over the days previously, these same associations march through the streets with their brass bands. On the night of the eve of the Burial, the Testament of Doña Sardina (Ms Sardine) is read from the balcony of the Town Hall. The fiesta ends in the early hours of the morning, when, once the last float has finished its round, a papier-mâché effigy of the Lenten sardine is burnt in Plano de San Francisco amid public rejoicing.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Águilas
Carnavales
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
Although parades continue until Shrove Tuesday, the big day is Sunday, when the carnival groups (comparsas) present their new costumes. That same night is when the peñas open, carnival associations where for three days food, drink and good humour will be the order of the day. The Saturday before Quinquagesima Sunday is the pregón, or proclamation, together with a paper costume competition. Also on the Saturday is the speech that takes place between Don Carnal (Mr Carnal) and Doña Cuaresma (Ms Lent), which ends, inevitably, in a battle of confetti-filled eggs.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: February



Festivities  in Murcia
Cartagena
Fiestas de Carthagineses y Romanos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
A disembarkation commemorates the capture of the city in 209 BC by the Roman troops of Scipio, which leads into a festive week with alternate days devoted to either side. The marriage of Hannibal and Himilco or the day of the Roman Circus, with gladiators and wild beasts, is followed by the great parade on Saturday, the big day of the fiesta, when all the troops and legions march on the city.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: September



Festivities  in Murcia
Jumilla
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
Of note is the welcoming of Christ at the Column, on Palm Sunday evening, and the Christ of Life, on Tuesday. On Holy Wednesday is an enactment of the Capture.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April

Festivities  in Murcia
La Unión
Festival del Cante de las Minas
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
Competition held in the mining town of La Unión. For a week, in the incomparable modernist setting of the Public Market (turned into a forum for cante jondo and flamenco), is a succession of performances by aspirant beginners in quest of the coveted trophy - the miner's lamp - together with other singers of renown.
Declared of International Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August



Festivities  in Murcia
Lorca
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
The exceptional originality of Lorca's Holy Week lies in the succession of traditional processions, with their carved images and penitents, together with a Passion procession in which passages from the Old Testament are enacted, all of this with notable reminiscences of the former festivities of Corpus Christi and baroque religious theatres. Notable among the processions is the one organised by the Paso Encarnado on Holy Thursday in the district of San Cristóbal, that of the Paso Morado on the same day, or the Way of the Cross to Calvary. The enacted biblical cortège takes place every Good Friday, and its magnificence and spectacularity are the result of the secular rivalry of the two most charismatic confraternities: the Whites, dedicated to Our Lady of Bitterness, and the Blues, who worship Our Lady of Sorrows.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April

Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
Easter kicks off on the Friday before with the procession of the Most Holy Christ our Refuge (Santísimo Cristo del Amparo), one of the youngest confraternities in the city. Of note are the processions on Holy Monday, with the confraternity of Christ of Forgiveness (Cristo del Perdón); Holy Wednesday, with the popular procession of the coloraos and their Christ of the Blood, and Good Friday morning, when the unmistakeable sculptures of Francisco Salzillo take to the streets. Murcia¿s Holy Week is marked by its baroque character, the huertano-style attire of its penitents, and the traditional custom during the processions of handing out sweets to friends and acquaintances.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Bando de la Huerta
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
The big day of the city's Spring Festival. The day begins early, with a floral offering to Our Lady of the Fuensanta, the patron saint of the city, before the baroque façade of the Cathedral. Thousands and thousands of Murcianos and visitors, dressed in typical huertano costume, accompany the Virgin after a short visit of the city centre; in the afternoon these same crowds will bring life to the grand cavalcade, through the city's streets, of ox-drawn carts, floats from which broad beans, black puddings and bread rolls are thrown to the spectators, and folk bands from each and every one of the huertano associations.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Yecla
Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la Purísima Concepción
Declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional
In commemoration of a former wartime event, when several dozen Yeclano soldiers returned home safe and sound. The townsmen, dressed in frock coats and two-cornered hats, accompany the Virgin up to the castle amid blasts of gunpowder.
Declared of National Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: December
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Abanilla
Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la Stma y Vera Cruz de Abanilla
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
La milagrosa aparición de la Stma y Vera Cruz de Abanilla en la pedanía de Mahoya es el origen de estas fiestas patronales. La fe y devoción marcan el inicio de la tradicional Romería que, hoy en día, es una de las más importantes del Levante español. A través de una subasta se accede a los puestos de "Capitanes", "Tenientes", "Sargentos" y "Pajes", figuras de vital importancia dentro de estas fiestas. A los actos en honor a la Cruz se unen las celebraciones de Moros y Cristianos completando así unas fiestas que bien merecen una visita.
Dates to be held: May
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Abanilla
Moros y Cristianos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
A succession of marching brass bands and parades heralding the two armies, who for a week will rival each other in their splendorous costumes and military discipline. All of this seasoned with the ever-present smell of gunpowder.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: May




Festivities  in Murcia
Alcantarilla
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Six processions take to the streets on the Friday before Easter, Holy Tuesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Alcantarilla
Fiestas Patronales
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Also known as the Festival of the Witch, a popular, noisy celebration in honour of the town's patron saint combining cavalcades, open-air parties, music concerts and marching brass bands.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: May
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Alhama de Murcia
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Three confraternities take charge of the parades on the Friday before Easter, Holy Tuesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday morning and night. All the confraternities coincide again on Easter Sunday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Alhama de Murcia
Fiesta de los Mayos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
From early on the local citizens set up mayos in their doorways-rag dolls stuffed with sawdust and dressed in old clothes, each with a satirical explanation written in verse on its meaning. The fiesta is animated by grotesquely dressed May-runners.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: May
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Archena
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The town's five processions begin on Holy Wednesday, to continue through Thursday and Good Friday, morning and night, to finish with the Procession of the Resurrected One on Sunday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April




Festivities  in Murcia
Blanca
Encierro
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Running of the bulls in the town's streets in honour of San Roque.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August



Festivities  in Murcia
Calasparra
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Of note are the enactment of the Capture, on Holy Wednesday; the transfer of the Ecce Homo from his shrine on Palm Sunday; the procession on Holy Thursday; and the Way of the Cross on Friday before Easter.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Calasparra
Romería de la Santísima Virgen de la Esperanza
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The Calasparreños accompany their patron saint to the famous Santuario de la Esperanza in a beautiful setting beside the Segura river.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: From the 07th to the 08th of september

Festivities  in Murcia
Fiesta de las Cuadrillas de Barranda
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
This festival was first held in 1979 and has already become a classic among local fiestas, bringing together thousands of people lured by the chance to spend a whole day enjoying traditional folk music. The streets of this little town are turned into an enormous stage for people to play music, dance and indulge in local food and wine.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: January
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Cartagena
Carnavales
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Marching brass bands, satirical song groups (chirigotas), fancy-dress competitions and open-air parties keep their rendezvous from Sunday to Tuesday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: February



Festivities  in Murcia
Cieza
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Eighteen confraternities take charge of imbuing the streets of Cieza with fervour and passion on Palm Sunday, Holy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Good Friday morning and evening, and finally Easter Sunday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April

Festivities  in Murcia
Fortuna
Fiestas de Sodales Ibero-romanos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Fiestas with a historical significance held in the town of Fortuna, not only in the town centre and various squares and avenues but also in the "Cueva Negra" shrine, which dates back to Roman times. The fiestas commemorate the visit made every year by the Romans to the Hot Springs of Fortuna, as well as the cult, pilgrimage and poetic offerings to their divinities in the "Cueva Negra"
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August




Festivities  in Murcia
Fortuna
Fiestas de Sodales Ibero-romanos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Fiestas with a historical significance held in the town of Fortuna, not only in the town centre and various squares and avenues but also in the "Cueva Negra" shrine, which dates back to Roman times. The fiestas commemorate the visit made every year by the Romans to the Hot Springs of Fortuna, as well as the cult, pilgrimage and poetic offerings to their divinities in the "Cueva Negra".
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August



Festivities  in Murcia
Jumilla
Fiestas de la Vendimia
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The fiestas begin with the treading of the first grapes in Jumilla¿s Plaza Mayor, which then gives way to a week of festivities and open-air parties, all related to the town's main industrial activity; wine-tasting competition; wine cavalcade, offering of the first must, and parades of Moors and Christians.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August




Festivities  in Murcia
La Unión
Procesión Cristo de los Mineros
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The mining town of La Unión is famous for this procession on the evening of Holy Thursday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April




Festivities  in Murcia
Lorca
Fiestas de San Clemente
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Fiestas to commemorate the capture of the city by Alphonsine troops. Battles between Moors and Christians in the fortress and signing of the peace with an enormous paella.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: November



Festivities  in Murcia
Los Alcázares
Semana Internacional de la Huerta
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The park of the Peñas Huertanas, a former watercourse, is filled with huerta-style huts, which apart from offering their excellent traditional fare exhibit regional handicrafts. Throughout the week, the stage presiding over the enclosure features panocho band competitions, ballads, a children¿s folk festival and performances by distinguished folk groups from both Spain and abroad.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August



Festivities  in Murcia
Moratalla
Tamborada
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
This little town in the north-west of the Region celebrates the Passion amid the incessant pounding of drums, which take to the streets on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April


Festivities  in Murcia
Moratalla
Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo del Rayo
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Dedicated to the image of Christ which, in 1622, served as a lightning conductor and saved the town from catastrophe. For a week there are noisy encierros (bull-running) through the streets of the town. Each encierro lasts some three hours.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: July




Festivities  in Murcia
Mula
Tamborada
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
This town in the north-west of the Region celebrates the Passion amid the incessant pounding of drums. In Mula they are played from twelve o'clock midnight on Tuesday to four o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, to continue on Friday morning and Easter Sunday from twelve o'clock midday to nine o'clock at night.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Certamen Internacional de Tunas Costa Cálida
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
This contest has been held since 1988, with the participation of tunas (student music groups) from such diverse places as Colombia, Holland, Puerto Rico and, of course, Spain. Night performances and parallel activities such as street concerts, serenading, etc. which give the city a student atmosphere.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April 


Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The Moorish and Christian camps and the parades by the two armies and their brass bands lend a note of historical colour during these festivities, which culminate in the Bullfighting Festival, where corridas in the Condomina bullring by top Spanish fighters are always a sell-out.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: September




Festivities  in Murcia
Murcia
Festival Internacional del Folklore
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
The city's September Fair includes a classic among Murcian festivals, the Folk Festival, with performances by groups from all over the world.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: September



Festivities  in Murcia
Romería de San Blas de Santiago de la Ribera (San Javier)
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
La romería de San Blas se ha convertido en los últimos años en una de las más concurridas de la comarca. La remota devoción a San Blas se conjuga con unos actos eminentemente lúdicos y festivos. Una excelente muestra del folklore, gastronomía y tradiciones murcianas que ponen de manifiesto los valores culturales de nuestra Región.
Dates to be held:  February

Festivities  in Murcia
San Javier
Festival Internacional de Jazz de San Javier
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
El festival se celebra durante los viernes, sábados y domingos del mes de julio y constituye uno de los acontecimientos culturales de la Región de Murcia con más proyección nacional e internacional. Su excelente programación y la relevancia de los artistas participantes le han llevado a convertirse en uno de los mejores festivales de Jazz en España.
Dates to be held: July
 



Festivities  in Murcia
San Javier
Festival de Teatro, Música y Danza
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
One of the most important summer festivals in the Murcia Region, which, here on the shores of the Mar Menor, combines classical and avant-garde theatre, ethnic music, prestigious soloists and classical and modern dance troupes from all over the world.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: August



Festivities  in Murcia
San Pedro del Pinatar
Semana Santa de San Pedro del Pinatar en el Mar Menor
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Processions with a maritime flavour in San Pedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagán.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April
 



Festivities  in Murcia
San Pedro del Pinatar
Fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Land and sea procession with the Virgin on board a boat.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: July
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Santomera
Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Camps, open-air parties and parades through the streets of the town by the Moorish and Christian armies.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: October
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Torre Pacheco
Festival del Cante Flamenco de Lo Ferro
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
A finales de agosto, desde hace más de 25 años, se celebra en la pequeña localidad de Lo Ferro en Torre Pacheco uno de los festivales flamencos de más hondo sabor popular.
Dates to be held: August
 



Festivities  in Murcia
Yecla
Semana Santa
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
A total of eight processions take to the streets: four on Holy Thursday, three on Friday, and the last on Easter Sunday.
Declared of Regional Tourist Interest
Dates to be held: April



Festivities  in Murcia
Yecla
Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador
Declarada de Interés Turístico Regional
Estas fiestas rememoran la tradicional devoción a San Isidro y los festejos de la primavera, poniendo de manifiesto el acervo cultural de la localidad. Su principal acto lo constituye el numeroso y colorista Desfile de Carrozas, elaboradas de modo completamente artesanal con miles de papelillos de seda.
Dates to be held: May


 Flamenco Festival La Unión [Murica]
Cante de las Minas.

August
Possibly the  worlds most important flamenco festival, it remembers and celebrates the traditions of mining with song, dance and guitar.






 










 









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