Virgen del Carmen, aerobatic displays, loads of concerts and free things to do this week
This week the Region of Murcia celebrates the festivity of the Virgen del Carmen, the protector of mariners and fishermen.
In coastal resorts along the Mediterranean, images of the Virgen del Carmen will be carried out to sea in a fishing boat, accompanied by vessels decked with bunting and stuffed to the brim with partygoers enjoying the trip out, and flowers cast into the water to commemorate those who have perished at sea.
The actual act of the “marine romería” as it’s generally known, is not the easiest of events for tourists to enjoy unless they can find a place on one of the pleasure boats accompanying the Virgen, although the party atmosphere in the streets surrounding the fishing ports as the image of the Virgen is carried from the church to the boat is well worth going along to, and of course, other events inevitably accompany the fiestas.
Two of our regional municipalities have major celebrations relating to the Virgen del Carmen: San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar.
The biggest is San Pedro del Pinatar, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of this event, and has a large programme of other entertainments relating to the Virgen del Carmen. Expats might like to know that this includes an aerobatics display by the Eagle Patrol over the Mar Menor on the 16th, and although this is NOT a full airshow with other planes, is always something which foreign residents and visitors enjoy watching. In San Pedro del Pinatar the Virgen del Carmen is a big event and the streets are always packed for the procession of the Virgen down to the water.
In San Javier, the Virgen goes out onto the water NEXT weekend, although her festivities begin this weekend, and Águilas also has fiestas linked to this celebration.
Music is the absolute star of the show this week, with stacks of free concerts and events all along the coast. The Mar de Músicas festival in Cartagena takes place this next week, starting this weekend and although the Latino theme this year means many of the acts are not known to non-Spanish speakers, there are lots of free concerts in this programme which are worth going along to and one or two names which will be more familiar to non-Spanish speaking readers including UB40.
San Javier Jazz continues this week, with a programme of both paid and free concerts and the Mar Menor is full of music for the next 6 weeks, thanks to the Mi Mar Menor programme which is providing free cinema, showcooking and lots of musical events.
Along the coast, Águilas has a vast programme of musical entertainment and inland Alhama de Murcia offers lots of free concerts with three programmes in the town, the outlying pedanias and a separate programme for young people and Lorca continues its extensive programme of free music and open-air cinema in the plazas of the city and paid concerts in the atmospheric setting of the castle.
Lorca also has a lot of options for visiting its castle at night, including well-priced packages with tapas supper and English audioguide, starting at just 5 euros for adults and Alhama de Murcia is also offering a guided evening tour of its castle with English speaking guide on the 20th.
Elsewhere, Moratalla is immersed in its annual fiestas and bullrunning until Monday and Totana has its fiestas of Santiago underway.
In addition, we have dozens of other activities to offer, with pilates, tai chi and keep fit on the beaches, free and paid guided walks, nocturnal visits to castles or the Roman Theatre in Cartagena, or observing the stars in Puerto Lumbreras, fun runs, summer carnival in Mazarrón, special deals at the Terra natura waterpark, lots of ways to get wet; so much to choose from!
Have a great week!
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