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WHAT YOU
SHOULDN'T MISS
BULLAS
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MUSEO DEL VINO -WINE MUSEUM

The Bullas Wine Museum came into being as a response to the area's wine-growing tradition. It is designed to be a centre for services and activities related to the promotion of tourism and culture in Bullas and its wine-producing area. The exhibition presents all the processes involved in wine making in an educational way, clearly differentiating between traditional and present-day methods.

It is located in a former 19th Century bodega, the primitive facilities of which still remain, and which originally used to belong to one of the richest and most influential families in the district: the Melgares de Aguilar. Its more than 1400 square metres offer visitors ample opportunity to spend time enjoying the wine-related cultural milieu. It also features a shop selling wine-related products, various wine-tasting rooms, temporary exhibitions, courses and seminars.
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Visits: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 to 14:00.

Address: Avda. de Murcia, nº 75. 30180 Bullas.
Tel: +34 968 657 211
museodelvino@bullas.es
www.museodelvino.bullas.es
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CASA-MUSEO D. PEPE MARSILLA -D. PEPE MARSILLA HOUSE MUSEUM- 'Bullas 1900'

On Calle Rosario, behind the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Parish Church, you will find an old nobleman's mansion that is now home to the Don Pepe Marsilla House and Museum, which recreates the way of life in Bullas in the late 19th Century. Inside, both the modernist style décor of the residential part of the property and the various rooms that made up the working area, are in a perfect state of conservation.

In the wine cellar, the area used for the production of wine for sale and that set aside for storing the finest vintages for personal consumption can be seen. In total, there are 57 vats with a capacity for over 140,000 litres of wine.
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Visits: By appointment.

Address: C/ Rosario, nº1. 30180 Bullas.
Tel: +34 968 657 211
casamuseodonpepe@bullas.es
www.casamuseodonpepe.bullas.es
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A TOUR OF BULLAS

In the town centre of Bullas alone, there are more than 200 fully- or partly-conserved traditional bodegas, the majority of which were built between the 18th and 19th Centuries. Evidence of this can be found right in the heart of the town, in the Plaza de España, with the Monumento al Viticultor or Monument to the Wine Grower, an imposing bronze sculpture by Rafael Pi Belda, which represents the noble art of grape-treading and serves as homage to all those who have contributed to forging the culture of wine in this area. This passion for everything wine-related is transmitted, in part, thanks to the Wine Museum, which is located in one of the old Kingdom of Murcia's largest and most productive wineries, and is one of the most important visitor attractions in this remarkable town.
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The Plaza de España is the perfect place to start your journey and to discover some of the most interesting and picturesque attractions the town has in store. Just behind the Grape-Treader is the easily recognisable Casa de los Melgares with its blue, art nouveau style façade. The house was built in 1925 by the Melgares, one of the richest and most powerful families in Bullas. Years later, the building was acquired by the Town Council, who converted it into a Cultural Centre, which currently houses the Public Library and Historical Archive amongst other services.

Another of the architectural treasures in the centre of Bullas is, without a doubt, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Parish Church, a beautiful example of 18th Century Murcian Baroque architecture. Inside, visitors can delight in images such as St. John the Evangelist, from the Salzillo school. Behind the church, in Calle Rosario, there is another very popular nobleman's mansion that is very dear to the people of Bullas, the Don Pepe Marsilla House & Museum. Built in 1900, today it is home to an interesting ethnographic collection that will take you back to the way of life at the end of the 19th Century, using state-of-the-art scenographic techniques.

Very close by is the Plaza Vieja, the town's historical social hub, and the Plaza del Castillo, where the town's mediaeval fortress, of which there are still some remains, used to be located. Nowadays, on the first Sunday in each month, the two Plazas are the setting for the famous 'El Zacatín' street market, the Region of Murcia's leading craft market, where visitors are sure to find exquisite souvenirs. From the Plaza de España, the Camino Real (Royal Road), along which there are several noble mansions, will take you to the Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower), which was built at the beginning of the 20th Century to regulate irrigation shifts amongst the farmers. Together, the tower of the Parish Church and the Clock Tower give Bullas its distinctive skyline.
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LIVING NATURE

But Bullas is much more than just good wine and offers a wide variety of leisure options. From the old town to the surrounding valleys, visitors can walk to their heart's content, enjoying the exuberant countryside that naturally embellishes these mythical surroundings.

Highlights include the Paraje de La Rafa, a countryside area that was once a silk-farming station. As well as being the point of origin for several short-distance footpaths, it is also the starting point for the El Romero ecotourism trail, which forms part of the Region of Murcia's network of walking routes. La Rafa offers numerous services for all types of visitor: a camp site, restaurants, a swimming pool, sports facilities... Worthy of special mention are the bioclimatic apartments at the Centre for Agroecology and the Environment (CEAMA) which are located here and are, themselves, a model of sustainable architecture.
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Another example of the area's huge natural wealth can be found at the Paraje del Carrascalejo, a beautiful wood that is home to the Rambla de la Regidora stream and through which the El Romero ecotourism trail also passes before joining up with the North-West Green Route. In addition to the evergreen oaks, there is a dense copse of willow and poplar trees growing along the banks of the stream, as well as a tangle of brambles, wild roses, hawthorn, rushes and oleander. Hidden in the midst of the thicket is the Cristo del Carrascalejo (Christ of El Carrascalejo). Many are the miracles and legends attributed to this figure of marble-like appearance, which is the reason why it is common for visitors to find flowers and candles at his feet.

Continuing along the course of the River Mula, there is more vibrant scenery to be enjoyed, linked to the wealth of water, with places of great environmental value. The area around the river offers endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits in natural surroundings. Spots such as the Salto del Usero or the Pasico Ucenda are sure to tempt visitors to take a cool dip in their crystal-clear waters. All along the river, there are numerous vestiges of old flour mills, with highlights including the Molino de Arriba and the Molino de Abajo, the latter of which has been converted into a guesthouse and restaurant.

One of the prettiest times of year in Bullas, and a real treat for visitors, is when the almond trees are in bloom. An unprecedented display that covers the surroundings in hues of white and pink, offering an unrivalled attraction for nature lovers. Very close by, further riches can found on El Castellar, a hill noted for its archaeological remains and environmental value.

Picking up the area's spirit once again and getting back to its wine-growing origins, the scenic natural interest of the Aceniche Valley is also worthy of mention, as is the Paraje de la Venta del Pino, where vines grow capriciously to later be reincarnated, following a painstaking production process, as the most select of red wines. Here, travellers will find more abrupt terrain, with uplands such as La Lavia and Los Cuchillos forming an exceptionally attractive landscape, where there are several different trekking routes and wineries to visit on the Bullas Wine Route, which has been accredited by the National Department of Tourism (Turespaña) as a 'Wine Route of Spain'.
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WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS


A LOCAL HIGHLIGHT...

EL SALTO DEL USERO

Located on the course of the River Mula, this is an exceptionally beautiful spot, of great hydrological, geomorphological and sedimentological interest. The erosion of the river bed has given rise to an unusual vault-like structure, with water plunging down to the bottom in a 3- to 4-metre-high cascade. Because of the environmental value of the surroundings and its crystalline waters, the Salto del Usero is generally very popular with visitors and local people in summer.


'EL ZACATÍN' CRAFT MARKET...

'EL ZACATÍN'

The first Sunday each month, the heart of the town of Bullas bustles with life at the traditional 'El Zacatín' street market. Between the Plaza Vieja and the Plaza del Castillo, you can find all manner of crafts and natural products: pottery, embroidery, sausages, sweets, aromatic herbs, organic food... As well as being able to sample the most exquisite food and enjoy street entertainment, visitors can also take a step back into the past and discover how these products are made through demonstrations of ancient crafts.


AN ACTIVITY...

TREKKING IN EL ROMERO

The El Romero Nature Trail has been designed to be followed on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. The trail starts at the La Rafa' tourist and recreational complex, and runs through vineyards and forested areas of great environmental value close to the Sierra de Burete and Sierra de Lavia. Along the way, you can see the Paraje del Carrascalejo, where Bullas' oldest working winery, which has been producing wine since the mid 19th Century, is located.


A CELEBRATION...

FIESTA DEL VINO

Taking place over the last weekend in September, this is the forerunner to the fiestas in honour of the town's patron, Our Lady of the Rosary. Over the weekend, a large number of activities related to the district's star product take place. These include the appointment of the Master of the Wine, the Treading of the Grapes and the Blessing of the First Must, the inauguration of the Wine Fountain and guided visits to the town's wine facilities, to name but a few. At the same time the Feria de la Tapa or Tapas Fair also takes place, where local people and visitors can enjoy the tastiest creations from local restaurants in a festive atmosphere. ESTE TEXTO HA CAMBIADO EN ESPAÑOL
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