Shoot a selfie with a stegosaurus, enjoy early music in the Mediaeval tower of Aledo, get coated with coloured foam or just chill to some free music ..........
It's difficult to know quite where to start this week as there are so many activities and events taking place in Murcia this coming week, and indeed right through the summer months, as the region swings into summer holiday mode.
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 concludes this weekend, with UB40 tonight and more free concerts. Next week the city hosts a festival of metal wind instruments (that's brass to most of us) which offers free concerts in the open-air as part of its masterclasses programme.
Beachgoers along the coast are being spoilt rotten this year; the image shows one of the free concerts enjoyed this week, as over 5,000 people sat on the beach in Santiago de la Ribera to enjoy a free concert given by the regional symphonic orchestra, and there are lots more events like this dotted in amongst the huge programme of free entertainment right along the Mediterranean coast and around the Mar Menor.
The Jazz Festival at San Javier continues, with both free and paid concerts looming; don´t miss the fabulous Lucrecia free on the Explanada Barnuevo in Santiago de la Ribera on Wednesday night, she really is a fabulous artist and the concert is FREE!!!!!!
The Mi Mar Menor programme is also providing free cinema, showcooking and lots more musical events, and these are being supplemented by other events run by the local councils, while in Mazarrón the Muelle Music festival this weekend offers three nights of good contemporary pop.
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 3rd August; book if you want to go as places are limited!
But there's not just music on the coast and this weekend lovers of early music can feast with the Festival of Early Music of the Sierra Espuña, which is bringing early music to the inland areas of Aledo, Totana, Mula, Pliego, Alhama de Murcia and Librilla, with early music in beautiful settings. Tonight the performance is in an open-air setting in a gorge on the outskirts of Aledo, the concerts can be enjoyed amidst the stunning paintings in the chapel of the Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia 7km out of Totana, and next weekend the Early Music Night in the Mediaeval Homage Tower of Aledo includes a series of micro concerts by each of the participating ensembles, together with the gastronomic food trucks in the plaza surrounding the tower, set inside the Mediaeval walls of Aledo. If you love early music, it doesn´t get much better! Most of these concerts operate on a system that you pay what you want to on the way out if you enjoyed the music!
Those who like to shop can do so in Los Alcázares with a Roman-themed event which combines not only artisan stalls, but also tapas with a Roman theme; if ever you've wondered exactly what the attraction of the most famous export of Roman Murcia (Garum salt fish sauce) actually was, then this is your chance to find out. There are also gladiator fights and a Roman street to replace the more normal mediaeval theme of these artisan events.
Águilas has gone back even further in time and its big artisan market this weekend has a Jurassic theme, with dinosaur entertainment for the kids. If you want a selfie with a Stegosaurus then this is your chance!!!!
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, foam covered fun runs; so much to choose from!
Have a great week!
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