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CARAVACA
CIUDAD JUBILAR

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WHAT IS THE JUBILEE YEAR?
The Holy See granted the Vera Cruz -True Cross- devotion, on 9 January 1998, the celebration of a Perpetual Jubilee Year, once every seven years, in the way it was traditionally granted to Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de Liébana. The first Jubilee Year after this granting was celebrated in 2003.

The singularity and relevance of the granting lie in the fact that, thanks to it, the importance of the Cross and its devotion has been reconsidered and highlighted.

No doubt this exceptional fact is to become a milestone in the future of the Christian devotion of the Cross, of its Basilica's renown and of the town of Caravaca de la Cruz. We should highlight, among the reasons for the granting, a religious fact, the significance of which goes many years back in the history of Spain, Región de Murcia and this town: the Stma. y Vera Cruz has been present in this place since the 13th century; its eastern origins have been proved, and both religious tradition and Christian faith consider that there is a splinter of the Lignum Crucis -where Jesus Christ died- in it.

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CONDITIONS TO OBTAIN THE JUBILEE GRACE
The necessary conditions for the pilgrim to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence are the following: Visit to and participation in any celebration within the Stma. y Vera Cruz de Caravaca Sanctuary with devotion and the purpose of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence and praying for the Pope's intentions. If it is not possible to participate in a celebration, a visit to the Sanctuary and the recitation of a prayer for world peace and the Pope's intentions (Lord's Prayer, Creed...) will be enough. Sacramental confession and eucharistic communion. These sacraments do not necessarily have to be received in the Sanctuary or the day of the visit. They can be received a couple of days before or after the pilgrimage to the Temple of the Cross, in another Church or in the pilgrim's Parish Church.

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CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ

Caravaca de La Cruz is considered to be one of the five holy cities in the world, and a key destination for pilgrims and travellers alike who are looking for an inspiring, different and above all enjoyable place to go.
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PILGRIMAGE
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SPECTACULAR FESTIVALS
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CUADRILLAS DE BARRANDA FESTIVAL
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A CHARMING SPOT
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THE TRAIL OF ORIGINS
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MUSEUMS
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THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
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LA VÍA VERDE (THE GREEN PATHWAY)
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MEDIEVAL MARKET
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A 10/10 GASTRONOMY
PILGRIMAGE
Don't leave until tomorrow what you could visit on a pilgrimage today. It's not every day you're lucky enough to visit one of the five cities in the world that celebrates the Jubileo Perpetuo. Caravaca's Basilica holds the Santísima and the Vera Cruz, worshiped since the 13th Century, which hold fragments of the cross upon which Christ died on inside. This is one of those special places where travellers come to from all over the world with an atmosphere worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime. If you want an even more profound experience, we would suggest El Camino de Vera Cruz, an old route stretching nearly 900km long full of idyllic settings, sentiments and magic that links Camino de Santiago, set at the heights of Roncesvalles, with the Vera Cruz shrine in Murcia. Once there, you will find everything signposted to help you.
SPECTACULAR FESTIVALS
If you're a party person, there are dates and places that you just cannot miss. The patronal festivals of Caravaca de la Cruz, declared of International Tourist Interest, are celebrated from the first until the fifth of May. The two highlights include Moros y Cristianos, and the Caballos Del Vino, which attracts thousands of people and whose spectacular sight exceeds all known limits. You need only watch the thundering horse race down the castle slope for this to be proven. If you don't want to stand out, don't forget to wear a red neck-scarf.
CUADRILLAS DE BARRANDA FESTIVAL
They say that in the small village of Barranda you will find the oldest tradition of folk music in the country, and this is demonstrated on the last Sunday of every January during La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas. Declared a festival of National Tourist Interest, this classic event between all the popular music festivals is capable of gathering thousands of people out onto the streets, turning the town into a huge outdoor stage in which singers, musicians and dancers show off their talent whilst, as always, accompanied by great food and wine.
A CHARMING SPOT
Located a little more than two kilometres from the inner city of Caravaca, one of the prettiest spots in the region awaits you, the Fuentes del Marqués. Here you will find natural springs of pure water, lots of wildlife and an undeniable charm to help you unwind. There is also an old Torreón Templario which according to legends served as an outpost to defend against the Muslims in the Middle Ages, and which now houses the Centro de Interpretación de la Naturaleza.
THE TRAIL OF ORIGINS
The first remains of Caravaca's settlements date back to the Palaeolithic era. From then on and up until now, many archaeology sites still serve as a testimony to Caravaca's past. Out of all of them, the must-see is the Archaeological Complex of La Encarnación, which holds prehistoric, Iberian, Roman and Medieval remains - a paradise for archaeology lovers.
MUSEUMS
At this rate, we suggest you have a break from all that walking and go visit one of the city's museums. One of the most original is the Música Étnica de Barranda Museum, where around 1,000 musical instruments from all eras and continents are exhibited. Located in a district with less than 900 inhabitants and built upon the remains of a 14th Century flour mill, this museum would be enjoyable in any capital city in the world. Other recommended stops are the Vera Cruz Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Fiesta Museum, the Carrilero Museum and the Ángel Reinón Miniature Museum.
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
Caravaca has some of the best religious architecture in the whole Region of Murcia. A fabulous network of churches, convents and other places of worship form almost a labyrinth in which it would be easy to lose yourself... although to get lost in these narrow streets, plateaus and dead-end alleys would not be too bad. The Iglesia de la Soledad, the Iglesia del Salvador, the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, the Templete, the Santa Clara monastery, the Santa Elena, San Sebastian, Reja chapels and the magnificent Santísima and Vera Cruz Basilica are all must-sees.
LA VÍA VERDE (THE GREEN PATHWAY)
If you like trekking or biking then we have good news for you. Here can also be found the former railway track that joined Caravaca with Murcia and is now more commonly known as Vía Verde, which everyone can enjoy. You will find a 78 km long natural walkway with 7 hostels along the way in case you need a rest or any refreshments. Caravaca also has a large number of smaller walking trails, Eco tourist pathways and diverse pilgrimage routes that that all join up here from different places all across Spain and the Region of Murcia. Are you ready to go?
MEDIEVAL MARKET
A must see for curious treasure seekers. On the third Sunday of each month the Peregrino Market is held, the best place to buy hand crafted and typical products of the area. If you're still looking for more, during La Constitución public holiday, a huge area of the old town is transformed and crowds of craftsmen come out onto the street to show off the fruits of their work, whilst demonstrations, food tasting, and fun performances take place for both the young and old.
A 10/10 GASTRONOMY
In this neck of the woods, you'll find typical dishes such as migas ruleras, stews and tartera, a lamb and potato roast accompanied by an aioli sauce. You'll also find an ample variety of typical rice dishes with rabbit, chicken, chickpeas, snails or cod. In terms of confectionary, it would be a real shame if you left without trying alfajor or the incredibly famous yemas -egg-yolk based sweets made with sugar, and smothered in caramel or chocolate. Even in the most holy of cities there's still room for temptation - they are just scrumptious! To digest all this food, guests traditionally try the house drinks such as la mistela and the licor café.
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