Murcia City & Calasparra - Thursdays
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Join us for an interesting and varied day out in the Murcia region and at this time of year its especially nice as we get to see the stunning fruit blossom on all the trees as we take a leisurely drive towards Calasparra.
First we stop off in the city of Murcia for either a barter at the weekly market or a visit to the stunning cathedral amongst other attractions that the city has to offer before moving on to the delightful cave Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope, sitting on the banks of the river Segura at Calasparra.
Upon arrival at the Sanctuary we make our way to the restaurant and enjoy a full 3 course meal ( inc wine and water ) and relax in these peaceful surroundings with just the sound of the River Segura flowing by. After our meal there is free time to visit this stunning Sanctuary.
One of the most popular places of interest in the Region of Murcia is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Hope ( and Patron Saint of Calasparra ) . The Sanctuary is located in a cave carved into the rock and houses 2 images of the Virgin of Hope. One small ( La Pequeñita ) and one larger ( el grande ). The small image, its said, was found by a shepherd who kept his cattle in the cave. The residents of the town wished to transfer her to the centre of Calasparra but due to her weight they understood that the Virgin wished to stay in the grotto.
The actual date and reason in which the larger image appeared is currently unknown.
At present the Sanctuary is visited by many people from the Region and beyond, who are attracted by the images with her open arms, welcoming all pilgrims who come to her to share with her their joys and hopes.
Pick up times are generally between 8.00am/9.00am returning between 7.00pm/8.00pm but these will be confirmed the day before travel.
|DESTINATION:||Murcia and Calasparra|
|PRICING||30€ including lunch with wine and water|