The view from the Castle of Santa Cruz turned out to be completely worth almost being trampled to death by a horse which, if you visit the town of Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, during the first five days of May, is something you might just experience too.
Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia
Caravaca de la Cruz is the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity (alongside Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de Liébana) and is best visited during The Santísima Vera Cruz festivities (1st – 5th May) when the Caballos del Vino (Running of the Wine Horses) and Moors and Christians parades take place.
COLOURFUL PARADES AND CLOSE CALLS
Despite the potential danger (helpful tip – don’t get in the way of the horses…or the runners…or the other spectators…or you too might have to fling yourself over a wall!) the atmosphere, colourful parades and seemingly never-ending flow of red wine made this one of the stand-out memories from my time spent in Murcia.
NEED TO KNOW: CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ
WHERE: Located on Murcia’s border with Granada, Caravaca de la Cruz is easily reached by car from Cartagena. Public transport options are also available, see Tourism Caravaca for up-to-date timetables and more information.
WHEN: The Santísima Vera Cruz festivities take place between 1 and 5 May every year, with the colourful Caballos del Vino (Running of the Wine Horses) and Moors and Christians parades taking place during these dates.
COST: You can visit the Castle of Santa Cruz during the festivities and throughout the rest of the year. The castle is open between 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 7pm Monday – Saturday and from 10am – 2pm on Sundays. It costs €3 for an adult ticket and €2 for pensioners/groups.