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.
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.