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The Festival starts, so get ready. Spring is in the air, and Murcian people know it, so just after the Holy Week finishes, we do not waste our time and celebrate the biggest festivity of the capital.

Coming to Murcia and participating in the Fiestas de Primavera (Spring Festival) is the best way of giving free rein to all the energy accumulated during winter and which is now gushing.

If you do not know yet too much about how it works, you will have a whole week in order to discover it; to experience the best of Murcia and its inhabitants and, especially, to have fun as never before.


If you have answered in the Bando de la Huerta (a procession where thousands of people dressed in typical orchard costumes, parade and dance their way through the streets), you know what suits you best. The day of the Bando de la Huerta is one of the greatest days in the Fiestas de Primavera and an unforgettable experience for travellers. "I had never seen anything like this", it is usually said while people get over the surprise. This happens because they are not used to this, and they become open-mouthed when they see thousands and thousands of people dressed with the typical Murcian costume.
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Party starts early in the morning with a Misa Huertana (Mass of the "huerta") in front of the baroque façade of the cathedral where the Virgin of the Fuensanta, saint patron of the city, marches. Streets start being full of Murcian people and visitors completely dressed with typical costumes, or just with some accessories, but all of them sharing a common aim: enjoying a day outdoors, from garden to garden, from square to square and from "barraca" (typical hut imitating the ones of the Market Garden in Murcia) to "barraca".

In the afternoon, the parade of the Bando de la Huerta goes over the streets with dancing groups, horse-drawn carriages, "gigantes" and "cabezudos" (giants and big-heads) or picture cards of the "huerta" lifestyle. During the parade there is also room for "soflamas panochas", satirical texts written in the vernacular of the "huerta". Tens of floats, which give out gifts, typical food and drinks to the assistants, close the parade.
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This makes reference to any person easily identified by the "zaragüeles" (baggy trousers part of the traditional dress of Murcia), the jacket and the strip. Other typical varieties are: the "huertana de recado y de lujo" (errand and luxury "huertana"), a woman dressed with shawl and bodice included; but nowadays a new variety is starting to appear, the "huertano" of the 21st century, with sunglasses and a rucksack. All of them have the same ancestors, but also an extremely party-loving DNA.

One of the most typical situations of this day is that, even if you know who you start the party with, you will never know who you will finish the day with. What is sure is that you will know many new people, you will meet with people you did not expect to and, you will follow the crowd.
If you come to these festivals, you have to have lunch in the "barracas" sooner or later. There are everywhere! And they become a temptation so intense that it is impossible to resist it. Smells of the most traditional gastronomy attract people on a large scale to these constructions, "barracas" , made of reed thatches, planks or adobe, that simulate being classic houses of the Murcian "huerta".

Ask for "migas" (fried breadcrumbs), "zarangollo" (a type of ratatouille with courgettes and onions), "patatas con ajo" (boiled potatoes with garlic); "longanizas" (long, spicy pork sausage), black puddings, "michirones" (Fava bean stew with bacon, Serrano ham, chorizo and garlic), "guiso de trigo" (stew made with wheat, cheakpeas, French beans, potatoes and other legumes) or "paparajotes" (battered lemon leaves), all of them always served with a handful of fava beans, beer and a good wine. Notice for beginners: the entry is free, so in order to avoid huge queues it is better to book in advance.


It is sure you do not know any other city which stops its normal activity to bury a sardine, do you? In Murcia it happens. Main streets are blocked by charanga bands and troupes that go out after Lent so as to bid farewell to this humble fish. This event is known as the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine).

It is a pagan festival, of mythology and fire, which lasts several days and ends with a huge parade which makes Murcia be topsy-turvy.Whistles, music, sparklers and gifts characterise days with much more fantasy than carnival itself.
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During the previous days to the Entierro (Burial), celebrations of the Velatorio (riotous mock funeral) and the Testamento (a mock reading of the sardine will) live up the streets. During the Testamento, Miss Sardina (Sardine) reads her last will from the balcony of the City Council, mocking current events and situations of the public life.

On Saturday morning, the Avenida Alfonso X el Sabio and the most central squares of the capital will be full of people, what will create an amazing festive atmosphere. "Grupos sardineros" (typical groups of people usually dressed up) go along the area on foot, giving out objects among which the whistle, life of the party, stands out..
More than a million people meet on Saturday night to see the parade of the Entierro de la Sardina, which is surely one of the most colouring and splendid of Spain. Heading the parade you will find the charanga bands, giants, big-heads and animation groups with thousands of participants coming from all around the world. They are followed by floats which represent Olympus Gods, from which "sardineros" (people who is part of the "grupos sardineros") give out thousands of toys for the little ones, to the cry of: "¡Echa algo, Pepe, echa algo!" (Give me something Pepe, give me something!)

The highlight of the event is the fabulous Quema de la Sardina (Burning of the Sardine), during which our beloved fish died in a huge bonfire. At the same time, one of the most thunderous and magical spectacles of fireworks of the year take place.
"Tunos" and "tunantes". When this time comes, distinguished gentlemen, nocturnal and restless, take the streets of the city with their string instruments like real jongleurs of the 21st century. Welcome to the Certamen Internacional de Tunas (International Competition of Tunas), where the show offered reaches unbelievable standards of excellence.

Parade of flowers. On Thursday takes place "Murcia en Primavera" (Murcia in Spring), a parade with dozens of floats decorated with natural flowers which march along the streets of the city, and fill them up with petals. Music bands and animation groups complete the festival.

Tapeo. During these days, bar terraces of the capital are full at any time, with people who make the most of it and meet, "tapea", recharge their batteries and taste the typical dishes of this period.

Museums. Being all the day out of home is the perfect excuse to use your time and visit the most interesting museums that the city has, such as the Salzillo museum, the Cathedral museum, the Santa Clara museum, the Gaya museum or the Museum of Fine Arts.
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