Completely aware that each season has something different to offer, our company shifts its focus where the action actually is depending on the moment. Then, it’s up to you to stay tuned not to miss anything!
CARTAGENA & MURCIA’S FESTIVITIES
The end of the long hot summer brings back activity to the main cities in the Region. During its first fortnight, Murcia is home for the so called September Fair, while the big Festivities in Cartagena are held during the second half of that same month. The Capital City pays homage to its founders, muslim invaders from Africa, and to its local enemies, spanish Christians, a medieval story you will be told in our Moors & Christians Tour, prior to the parade gathering both sides along the street later in that day’s evening . Cartagena, in turn, revisits ancient history reenacting the foundation of the city by Carthaginian settlers and its further conquest by Roman armies in the late 3rd century b.C. Our Carthaginians and Romans Tour will allow you to have a first-hand ‘ancient’ experience, as it will take you through the main sites related to that fighting story, before dropping you right by the beginning of the Great Parade of Carthaginian Troops and Roman Legions.
EASTER PARADES TOURS
The coming of spring (late march/early april) marks the time for the main religious festivities in the Region, the colourful Easter Processions, actually theatrical parades consisting of a sequence of thrones out in the street telling the story of the Passion of Christ, taking advantage of the beat of the drums, lights, flowers’ sculpturings and really accomplished wooden carvings. We usually offer 3 different tours during the festivities, in all of them our customers are taken to the interior of the churches, where floats for that evening’s parade are being embellished during the whole day long; entering there actually means being transported to a different world with plenty of activity, artistry and devotion. Two of the tours are run in Cartagena during the afternoons of Easter Wednesday and Good Friday, while the remaining one takes place in Murcia City the day in-between, Maundy Thursday. Later on, you are free to watch the parade, if that is your wish, as you will be recommended best places to do so.
During the very late october and early november, both Cartagena & Murcia are home for our quite succesful Halloween Tours, run by the eclectical cemetery of Los Remedios in Cartagena and thru Murcia’s old quarter to tell its most mysterious legends while taking a stroll along its main streets, even entering the venue where actually took place one them, the gorgeous-looking romantic theatre of Romea.
MAR MENOR SAILING TOUR
Lying very close to Cartagena is to be found the main geographical wonder in the area, the so-called Mar Menor, actually a salty lagoon from volcanic origin. Its waters are always calmed and it’s a place with a really beautiful scenery. This lagoon has a quite interesting natural life, mainly birds such as cormorans, and the best way to enjoy it is by means of a sailing trip which departs from the summer resort of La Manga and takes you around all its 5 islands among them the famous Baron Island, once a hunting spot for the Spanish royals and nowadays home for a noble family who built a neomoorish mansion shrouded in mystery.
CARTAGENA BY NIGHT WITH TAPAS
We want to show you Cartagena from a different perspective. Tour will get started by entering the gorgeous-looking Town Hall, to later on welcoming this year’s festivities in the best possible way, as we will be strolling through Cartagena’s old quarter to enjoy its magnificent Christmas lights and its warm atmosphere during these very special days, without forgetting a local Christmas must: its Nativity or Belén! To top the cake, tour will be ended by tasting some delicious tapas & drinks by a really nice bar lying in the old quarter.
MURCIA’S BAROQUE NATIVITIES
This is the right time to wonder at the skills displayed by the 18th century craftsmen from Italy and Spain, that succeeded in creating these small masterpieces that the nativities actually are. For the first time ever, the best baroque nativities from Southern Europe can be beheld in the same museum, the one showing the major works of the so-considered most accomplished murcian sculptor, Francisco Salzillo. Later on we will be strolling through Murcia’s old quarter in order to discover some of the Christmas nativities scattered through the city center.
HARVEST WINE TOURS
When the summer heat begins to grow weak, it’s time for harvest season to get started in the regional Wine Designations of Origin. September is the month to do so in Jumilla wine growing area, and in our special Jumilla Wine Harvest Tour, you will be given the chance of performing a rather amusing wine making related activity: grape treading in wooden barrels, for you to experience the traditional way of obtaining the precious juice from that fruit. Treading will be followed by a tasting with a countryside lunch. By October, our focus moves to the northwest area in the Region, to Bullas, where, instead of treading over them, our Bullas Wine Harvest Tour offers you the opportunity of eating them, after picking the grapes with your own hands directly from the vines where they are being grown: you will be sampling not only Monastrell (main variety in the area), also Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet, provided they are available. All this, followed by a proper tasting with an aperitif including local specialties.