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WHAT YOU
SHOULDN'T MISS
JUMILLA
HOME > WHAT TO DO > WINE TOURISM > WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS JUMILLA

A TOUR OF JUMILLA

As well as being famous for its wines, Jumilla is also home to many other treasures that are well worth discovering. Centuries ago, the town was famous for being a geographical and cultural crossroads and, as such, you will find historical and artistic vestiges of all the Mediterranean civilizations. It is not without reason that this is a prosperous area full of contrasts, which the Arabs called 'the beautiful'. Thanks to its monuments, museums and other visitor and cultural attractions, in 1981 the town was declared a site of historical and artistic interest.

The El Salvador Church is one of the great symbols of Jumilla. Its façade is in the Murcian Baroque style, flanked by two ashlar and brick towers. This magnificent temple is home to the 18th Century image of Christ of Good Health, which is brought out in procession on Good Friday.
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Also located in the centre is the Vico Theatre.Following refurbishment in 1991, today the building combines its original appearance with more modern facilities and resources, offering a wide-ranging selection of plays and shows.

Another of the highlights of Jumilla's urban landscape is the Casa Modernista -Modernist House-. Popularly known as "Doña Pepita", its enclosed balcony and the wrought-iron grilles that adorn its façade are particularly striking. From here, visitors can go on to the Town Hall and admire its regal wrought-iron balcony or wander around its picturesque courtyard, and to the Municipal Museum of Ethnography and Natural Sciences, with its extensive display of traditional crafts (esparto, earthenware, glass) and major collection of minerals from around the world, fossils and prehistoric animal prints.

The route will continue to delight visitors with the architectural wealth of this beautiful town with the Casa del Artesano craft centre where, as well as buying all manner of crafts, you can also discover some interesting facets of this generous land, and the "Pérez de los Cobos" mansion, the only example of private Renaissance architecture in the Region of Murcia.

But if you really want to find out about the city's history, there is no better way than taking a stroll around the Plaza de Arriba and immersing yourself in its most deep-rooted traditions. This symbolic area is home to the San José Chapel, another example of Murcian Baroque architecture; the old Inn; and the Council Palace and Exchange building. Following refurbishment in the late 90s, the building reopened as the Jerónimo Molina Archaeological Museum, housing a large collection of material and relics from the Palaeolithic and Iberian period through until Roman times.

From this square, visitors can continue along their way to the Main Parish Church of Santiago, another of the great symbols of this town. Late Gothic in style, it houses a magnificent 16th Century altarpiece, representing St. James the Apostle's pilgrimage to the Iberian Peninsula.

Other highlights include the San Antón Chapel, Santa Ana del Monte Monastery and San Roque Chapel, better known as the Granada Gate, which in centuries past provided access to the town. Worthy of separate mention is the San Agustín Chapel, which is home to the image of the town's patron, Our Lady of the Assumption.

By this point, visitors will probably already have heard of El Casón, a late Roman mausoleum that was declared a National Monument in 1931. It is well worth visiting as it is the best-preserved funerary monument from the period in Spain and one of the best in Europe.

Jumilla's present is also closely linked to its Moorish past. Palpable evidence of this can be found in the town's oldest street, the Callejón del Fiscal. Built between the 12th and 13th century, it finishes at the Santa María del Arrabal Parish Church, which was built upon an Islamic necropolis in 1430.

In the distance, at the top of the town, you can see Jumilla Castle, an ancient fortress and Muslim alcazar which, even today, seems to watch over the town. In 1461, the Marquis of Villena had the Keep built, as we know it today, with its three storeys, basement and terrace, emblazoning it with his coat of arms. The Castle has recently been restored and now houses several exhibition galleries. To get to the castle, you have to take the Camino del Subidor, a spectacular viewpoint that will treat you to unrivalled panoramic views of this emblematic enclave.

Complementing and completing this extraordinary artistic heritage, marked by museums, heraldic streets and archaeological remains, are two very special gardens that are very dear to the local people: the "La Estacada" Botanical Garden, which features more than 150 species of ornamental trees, shrubs and other native plant species; and the Rey Don Pedro Garden, whose centuries-old pine trees invite visitors to spend an enjoyable day in their shade. Another local highlight here is the Paseo Poeta Lorenzo Guardiola, an avenue running from the Plaza Rey Don Pedro to the railway station, which is sure to pleasantly surprise walkers.

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A tour of Jumilla

LEGENDARY LANDSCAPES

Leaving parks and gardens behind, you can continue your journey by heading up into the natural beauty spots that surround the town. The Sierra de La Cingla, a mountainous area of great natural beauty and environmental value, is a great starting point for an excursion. Amongst the highlights here are the World Heritage listed rock paintings in the Abrigos del Barranco del Buen Aire rock shelters, which have been declared of Cultural Interest, and the Sierra de Los Gavilanes, an almost obligatory meeting point for adventure-loving trekking enthusiasts.

Another of the highly exceptional routes in this legendary landscape is that running across the Sierra de La Pedrera. Famous for its environmental, geological and historical wealth, here you can see the Miraflores aqueduct, which is Roman in origin, and the El Pontón aqueduct, as well as the Cantera de Santiago, a quarry from which numerous stone blocks were extracted for the construction of the Church of Santiago. But you can also discover other archaeological treasures of great value, such as the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bronze Age rock paintings and engravings and the fossilised remains at Hoya de la Sima. The mines at La Celia are also worthy of mention, with their exceptional deposits of apatite in 'jumillita' type volcanic rock, which are of global interest.
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The Sierra de El Carche Regional Park is home to a multitude of trails, ravines and areas of Mediterranean vegetation where you can take part in all manner of outdoor sports. Highlights include paragliding, climbing, hang-gliding, caving and, of course, trekking, thanks to the long distance footpath running through the area. The route also has a Municipal Refuge, which is available free of charge to groups of walkers. Along the way, visitors will find some unusual buildings such as the Pozo de la Nieve (17th Century snow well) and the Cuco de la Alberquilla (19th Century). Amongst the places of greatest interest are the Madama del Carche peak, the Barranco de la Guarafía ravine, the Fuente de la Sanguijuela spring and the Salinas de la Rosa salt ponds.

Another of the most popular routes with walkers is the route across the Sierra de Santa Ana. En route you will come across sites of historical interest such as the Pasico de San Pascual.
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Legenday Landscapes Jumilla

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

SANTA ANA DEL MONTE MONASTERY

This Franciscan convent, founded in 1573, is located in the middle of a pine wood in the Sierra de Santa Ana, an emblematic natural setting conducive to meditation and inner peace.

In the 17th Century, a figure of Christ crucified known as 'Cristo de la Reja' or Christ of the Railing was hung from the vault and, according to legend, when the friars were praying, unnailed his right hand and blessed the community three times.

In the chapel, you can see the image of Christ tied to the Column, a magnificent sculpture in cypress wood, commissioned by the friars from Francisco Salzillo. Since the 19th Century, the image has been taken out in pilgrimage for the Easter Week and Palm Sunday processions.

The Marquis of Villena, a devout follower of Santa Ana, sent many of the relics that still remain at the convent from Italy, making it the third most important reliquary in Spain. Another highlight of the monastery is the museum, set up with items brought back from around the world and donated by the friars.


LAS FIESTAS DE LA VENDIMIA -GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL-

Declared of Regional Tourist Interest, this festival takes place around the 15th of August, when Jumilla honours its patron, Our Lady of the Assumption. It also coincides with two other major celebrations in the town, the Moors and Christians festival and the National Folklore Festival.

The Fiestas de la Vendimia came about on the initiative of a group of local bodega owners until, a few years ago, groups and associations of agriculturists began to take part, resulting in the formation of a number of 'peñas' or festival clubs, united under the umbrella of the 'Federación de Peñas de la Fiesta de la Vendimia'.

All the festival activities revolve around wine and wine-related culture, depicting all the tasks involved in wine-making, such as grape-picking, treading, wine-making and tasting. The numerous organised events ensure fun for all ages and include the inauguration of the wine fountain, the offering of grapes and the first must to the image of Child Jesus with the Grapes, a children's parade, wine parade, etc.


JUMILLA'S TYPICAL CUISINE

El gazpacho jumillano. Of Jewish origin, prepared with pieces of unleavened wheat flour pastry, a variety of game hare, partridge, rabbit etc and mountain snails.

La gachamiga. A calorie-laden winter dish with a deep-rooted popular tradition due to its simplicity. The ingredients are flour, oil, garlic, water and salt.

Relleno o pelotas. A typical Christmas Day dish, although now made at any time of year. Made using bread crumbs soaked in water or milk, minced liver or pork, eggs, garlic and parsley, seasoned to taste and made into meatballs that are cooked in the broth from the typical 'cocido' stew.

Empanadas de patata. Very common at Easter, these pasties are prepared with pastry made with flour, oil, water and salt, filled with fried potatoes, tuna, hard-boiled egg, pepper, pine nuts and parsley.

Queso de cabra frito con tomate. Fresh goat's cheese made using milk from the indigenous Murciano-Granadina breed. The cheese is fried in olive oil and served with a tomato sauce.

Queso de Murcia al Vino. A speciality cheese with its own Protected Designation of Origin, made with pasteurised Murciano-Granadina goat's milk and then steeped in red wine, producing a creamy and elastic textured cheese with a pleasantly sharp taste, little salt and a mild aroma.


TREKKING

For those who love mountain biking or exploring nature on foot, Jumilla offers endless possibilities. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful wild plant and animal life in the Sierra Larga, the Sierra de El Carche (a Regional Natural Park), the Sierra del Buey and the Sierra de Santa Ana. Another of the attractions is the Botanical Garden in the agricultural town of La Estacada, which is home to more than 150 plant species; "Jumillita", in the La Celia mines, which are of roman origin and global geological interest; or the rock paintings in the Barranco del Buen Aire.
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