How to book and navigate the Bullas Wine Routes, the Rutas del Vino
Practical information to help you enjoy a visit to Bullas The wine installations and attractions of the Rutas del Vino of Bullas can be enjoyed and visited in a number of ways, either by individuals or groups of any size. There are five Bodegas registered with the route, two of which are in the urban town and sell wine directly from their premises and three in the countryside which only receive visitors by prior arrangement. The bodegas..

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Mercadillo El Zacatín, Bullas artisan market
The monthly artisan market of El Zacatin in Bullas The artisan market of El Zacatín is held throughout the year on the first Sunday of each month between 10.00 and 14.00. El Zacatín is an atmospheric and popular artisan market, taking place in the centre of town in the Plazas Vieja and Castillo and was one of the early pioneers amongst the artisan markets of the region. It has a practical blend of local food goods, including wine..

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Hospitals, Region of Murcia
All major hospitals have A&E Emergency Departments Listed below are all the public hospitals in the Region of Murcia which have full Emergency services cover, plus two of the more widely used private hospitals, to which expats are often referred for tests. Click on the links for full details and maps. Doctors and medical centres are also posted in the Business Directory, located at the top of the advertising column on every page. Cartagena..

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Casa de la Cultura, Bullas
Casa de la Cultura, Bullas houses the library, municipal archive, auditorio and offices The Casa de la Cultura is housed inside one of the buildings which dominate the Plaza de España in Bullas, the Casa Melgares.This distinctive blue and white building was built around 1925 by Don Pedro Melgares and was restored for public use by the Town hall in 1994. The building contains an eclectic combination of styles, as while the façade shows clear..

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The small church of Monte Calvario in La Copa de Bullas
The church receives pilgrims visiting the figure of San Anton every January In the outlying district of La Copa, which lies some three kilometres to the north of the town of Bullas, there are two churches. One of these is the main building dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, which stands in the middle of the small town, and the other is the relatively recently reconstructed church of Monte Calvario, in the Calvario district of the..

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3rd February 2019 El Zacatín artisan market Bullas goes mediaeval
Bullas returns to the Mediaeval in the second month of the year This month there is a mediaeval theme with street entertainers and live demonstrations Bullas is hosting its monthly artisan market, El Zacatín on Sunday the 3rd February, between the hours of 9am and 2pm in the squares around the Plazas Vieja and Castillo, along Calle San Antón, taking a step back in time to the Mediaeval. Each month the market has a theme and this time..

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Bullas Bodegas: Bodega San Isidro
Bodega San Isidro is a Co-operative from which wine can be purchased directly Over a million litres of Cepas del Zorro wine is produced at the Bodega San Isidro every year The Bodega San Isidro in Bullas is a cooperative winery located just outside the town of Bullas itself, and uses state-of-the-art production technology to produce wine which is mostly sold in bulk within the domestic Spanish market. Grapes are delivered to the winery..

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Friday 22nd February 2019 ENGLISH language guided Bullas wine tour (Bodegas Monastrell)
Includes return trip in a minibus, lunch, wine tastings and guided tour, pick-up from Los Alcázares and Torre Pacheco Mediterranean Cartagena tours specialise in English language guided tours of the Region of Murcia, using a fully qualified and legal official tour guide. The Murcia Region has a number of wine-producing areas, and although Jumilla is well-known, some of the best wines produced here are actually from the D. O Bullas Designation..

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Plants to be aware of if you are prone to allergies and hay fever
Spanish gardening problems, Olives and conifers have surprisingly high pollen counts Many of those moving out here and gardening for the first time in Spain may not be aware of the increased risks of allergies and hay fever when planting certain types of plants in their domestic environments. The southern regions and provinces of Spain have particularly high pollen counts, and the highest allergy rates in Spain, and Murcia tops the league table..

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Bullas wine route: Bodegas del Rosario
Bullas Ruta del Vino: the winery and shop of Bodegas del Rosario are both in the town of Bullas The “Bodegas del Rosario” cooperative is the largest wine producer in the Bullas Denomination of Origin, and has been at the forefront of production in not only the municipality of Bullas, but also in the north-west of the Murcia region since it was the first venture of its kind to be founded in Bullas in 1950 by 37 individual producers. Bullas..

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Beware toxic fumes from faulty braziers and log burners!
Two families inhaled harmful fumes in the Region of Murcia at the weekend The emergency services advise that a door or window be left open to guard against faulty heating devices The 112 emergency services call centre in the Region of Murcia has reiterated its warning concerning the use of faulty braziers following incidents in Totana and Bullas this weekend in which two families inhaled toxic fumes caused defective devices. One of the..

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The Plaza de España, the main square in the centre of Bullas
The Plaza de España in Bullas has changed its name frequently over the last 200 years The Plaza de España is one of the focal points of activity in the wine-making municipality of Bullas in the north-west of the Region of Murcia, and is home to various of the most important and impressive buildings in the town. These include the Town Hall, the parish church dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the palatial Casa de los Melgares..

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23rd February free guided tour of Cehegín bodega and wine school
Cehegín is a hilltop town in the north-west of the Murcia Region and forms part of the D.O Bullas The distinctive silhouette of the old quarter of Cehegín is full of towers and spikes, reflecting the monnumental nature of the old quarter of this north-westerly hilltop town. But the municipality of Cehegín is also a wine producing area and is part of the Bullas D.O. This guided tour visits Bodegas Carreño in order to show visitors..

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Weekly markets north and north-west Murcia
Regular markets in the north and north-west of Murcia Not all weekly markets are set in stone, and if they coincide with public holidays they may be cancelled or postponed. In addition, days can change, so if you're not sure a call to the relevant tourist office is advisable to avoid a wasted trip (click tourist offices in the region of Murcia for more information). As a general rule the weekly markets are open from 9.00 to 14.00. The..

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Bullas wine route: The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla
A step back in time on the Ruta del Vino to Bullas around the year 1900 The Casa-Museo Don Pepe Marsilla in Bullas occupies a house which was originally built in the year 1723, but was remodeled in the late 19th century by one of the town’s most illustrious and forward-thinking residents, who did a great deal to drag local wine-making and other aspects of daily life into the 20th century. José Marsilla Melgares de Aguilar (1854-1930)..

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The history of Bullas
Wine-making and agriculture have shaped the history of Bullas for 2,000 years Evidence of human habitation in the municipality of Bullas has been found dating back as far as the Neolithic (this period broadly dates to 4,800 to 3,000 BC across southern Spain) and the time of the Argaric culture (2200BC to around 1550BC), and later eras saw the Roman, Visigoth and Moorish cultures appear in the area.  However, the name of the town is first..

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The Town Hall or Ayuntamiento of Bullas
The Town Hall is located in the Plaza de España in the centre of Bullas The main Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) building in Bullas is in the Plaza de España, the main square which is in the old town centre and which is also home to the church dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Rosario and the Casa de Cultura, which is inside the palatial modernist building of Casa Melgares. The Bullas Town Hall offices are open to the public on weekdays (except..

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Weekly street market in Bullas
Tuesday is market day in Bullas: fresh fruit and veg and a range of other goods For many expats and visitors, one of the great joys of shopping in Spain is the opportunity to buy fresh products and bargain clothes in the weekly local markets, which are awash with colour and noise as shoppers jostle for space, queue to be served, stand and chat, get in each other’s way and generally socialize as they go about the business of stocking up on..

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EHIC, TSE, SIP, S1
Vital documents to obtain healthcare cover in Spain EHICs, SIPs and TSEs Ensuring you have access to health care is one of the most important priorities for anyone moving to, or even visiting Spain. There is a lot of confusion around entitlements to cards and what can be accessed with which card. There are two different issues: temporary care for holidaymakers, be they English nationals now resident in Spain and travelling back to the UK for..

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Bullas wine route: Bodega Monastrell
Bullas Ruta del Vino: the Monastrell winery specializes in organic and vegan wine production In the highly competitive world of wine production the small winery of Bodega Monastrell in Bullas has carved out a niche for itself in the field of organic and even vegan wines, having developed a range of products derived from the grapes grown at its picturesque vineyards in the Aceniche valley. The company was formed by Alfonso and Mavi, a..

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Torre del Reloj the clock tower of Bullas
The tower was built to regulate irrigation times in the farmland around Bullas Visitors viewing the town of Bullas in the north-west of the Region of Murcia will see two distinct towers in the skyline, and although at first sight this may appear to indicate two churches, one of these is in fact a clock tower, the Torre del Reloj. The imposing clock tower which stands at one of the highest points of the town of Bullas was built in 1900, after..

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The parish church of Bullas, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario
The main church of Bullas was built in the 18th and 19th centuries The parish church of Bullas dominates the Plaza de España in the centre of the town, and has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in the municipality ever since its construction. It was awarded the status of National Monument in 1982 and is one of the most recognisable buildings in the municipality. The building of the church was started in the final years of the..

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Bullas: Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants and bars included as part of the Rutas del Vino in Bullas Bullas has a wide range of restaurants, bars and tapas bars where refreshments can be taken. The establishments listed here are part of the group of businesses which form the Ruta del Vino and are recommended partners of the Bodegas themselves, all serving Bullas wines and local produce. For assistance if planning a group visit to Bullas, contact the Tourist Office or the..

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Five minor earthquakes in the west of the Region of Murcia on Thursday
The tremors were recorded in the municipalities of Aledo and Bullas A series of five minor earthquakes were registered in the west of the Region of Murcia on Thursday, the highest intensity being one of 2.3 mbLg (similar at low levels to the Richter scale) which was recorded at 9.20 at a depth of 8 kilometres in the municipality of Aledo, close to the boundary with Lorca and the village of La Paca. This was preceded and followed by two..

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The Order of Santiago in Murcia
The Order of Santiago (1243-1856) Santiago is the Patron Saint of Spain, and is known as Saint James in English. The Order of Santiago is associated with a red cross, its tail displayed as a sword, the heraldic term for this being a fleury fitchy, and a scallop shell, the symbol of pilgrimage associated with Saint James. Their legacy can be found throughout the Region of Murcia, in the areas they controlled; on church doors, in statues, in..

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Fuel price comparison site
Fuel price comparison site, Spain Fuel prices continue to creep slowly upwards, so it´s worth checking around for the best buys. If ever you want to check how much fuel is costing locally, there´s a very useful national site which searches fuel prices garage by garage. For the site, click Fuel prices regionwide.  You´ll be asked to select type of fuel, then province and location from the drop down box, then press Buscar to compare prices..

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The Salto del Usero in Bullas
The Bullas waterfall and rock pools offer an inland bathing alternative in the north-west of the Murcia Region The Salto del Usero is one of the most widely enjoyed natural beauty spots in the Region of Murcia, and during the summer is used as an inland beach by many of those who live in the municipality of Bullas and the surrounding area.  The Salto is a spot just outside the town of Bullas where the cold water of the natural springs which..

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Museo del Vino, the wine museum of Bullas
The history of Bullas is inextricably linked with wine production Grapes and wine are an intrinsic part of the history, economy and entire way of life of the town of Bullas in the north-west of the Region of Murcia, to the extent where it is very difficult to talk about Bullas without mentioning wine and very difficult to talk about wine in Murcia without mentioning Bullas.  One of the fruits of this relationship between the town and its..

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Registering on the Padrón
Region of Murcia, Registering on the Padrón What is the padrón? Empadronamiento (or Padrón) - a list of all the people who live in a certain town Empadronarse - the act of registering yourself on this list with your local town hall.  Who should register? Officially all residents in Spain are required by law to register on the padrón, yet many British ex-pats still have not done so. Perhaps some view the padrón as a means of vigilance..

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The Casa de los Melgares, home to the Casa de Cultura in Bullas
The palace of the Melgares family in Bullas was built in 1925 The Casa de los Melgares is a striking palatial home which was built on the northern side of the main square of Bullas, now known as the Plaza de España, in 1925, and such is its size and its appearance that it competes for dominance of the square with the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The palace was built on a site which was previously occupied by an inn on the..

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The Roman villa of Los Cantos in Bullas
Wine production was already a feature of the Bullas economy in Roman times The Roman villa of Los Cantos, just outside the town of Bullas in the north-west of the Region of Murcia, is located close to the MU-503 road which leaves the town and heads for Zarzadilla de Totana, and is in many ways typical of the numerous villas which marked the colonization of rural areas in the south-east of Spain during the centuries around the birth of Christ..

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Bullas Wine Route: Bodega Balcona
Bullas Ruta del Vino: Bodega Balcona can be visited by prior appointment Bodega Balcona is a family-run company which produces three wine labels from the grapes harvested on land in the Valle del Aceniche, and every effort is made to maintain the local viticultural and vinicultural traditions while at the same time incorporating state-of-the art technology into the production process.  The land on which the vineyards of Bodega Balcona..

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24 hour pharmacies rota, Region of Murcia
24 hour pharmacy rotas Costa Cálida Useful websites  A situation in which some of us may find ourselves is needing urgent medication in the middle of the night. The College of Pharmacists in the Region of Murcia posts "Pharmacias de Guardia" overnight pharmacies on its website. To use, select the municipality or specific town in which you are looking, ie Torre Pacheco, or Cartagena. ( Elija municipio) To only see the overnight..

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Sports facilities in Bullas: tennis and basketball courts
Three tennis and basketball courts on Paseo de la Murta in the south of Bullas As well as the varied sports facilities which are available at the La Rafa campsite and sports complex outside the southern end of Bullas, there are also tennis and basketball courts at the “Ródenas” centre. This can be found on the Paseo de la Murta, almost opposite the Obispos García-Ródenas primary school, at the junction with Calle El Tío de la..

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Bullas: Accommodation
Rural houses, rooms, chalets and rental apartments in Bullas There are a range of accommodation options for those planning a visit to Bullas. These options all form part of the Rutas del Vino offering and can be booked by the night or for longer periods. For further assistance contact the Tourist Office in Bullas. Alojamientos Turísticos La Rafa Located in the picturesque countryside by the River Mula, the site of La Rafa is named..

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Plaza Vieja in Bullas, officially named Plaza del Teniente Flomesta Moya
The name of the square comes from a Bullas-born Rif War hero One of the most popular squares in Bullas is far from being the largest, but has its own character and plenty of establishments which make it one of the most picturesque and interesting parts of the town to visit.  This is the Plaza del Teniente Flomesta Moya, which is unofficially known as the “Plaza Vieja” (the old square), reflecting the fact that it was replaced as the..

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Bullas Tourist Information Office
Oficina de turismo de Bullas The Tourist information office which covers the municipality of Bullas is part of the same complex  housing the Museo del Vino, the Wine Museum, focusing on one of the principal activities in the area of Bullas: wine production. The tourist office can offer details of Bodegas which can be visited by the general public, as well as provide a map of the town, along with information about local accommodation and restaurants..

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La Rafa campsite and sports complex in Bullas
Campers and visitors can enjoy the restaurant and open-air pool at La Rafa The La Rafa campsite and sports and tourism complex is located just outside the southern end of the built-up area of the town of Bullas, and is also within walking distance of the Salto del Usero beauty spot where bathers take a dip in the cold water of the River Mula during the summer.  Sports facilities at La Rafa include an open-air swimming pool (with café-bar..

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Policia Local, Addresses and Phone Numbers
Policía Local, Region of Murcia Abanilla 968 68 00 16 968 68 06 35 policiamunicipal@abanilla.es 30640 Pza. de la Constitución, 1 Abarán 968 77 00 66 968 77 04 51 Sj_pl_abaran@yahoo.es 30550 Pza. de la Zarzuela, 1 Aguilas 968 41 32 55 968 44 74 28 lorenes@hotmail.com 30880 Juan Pablo I, 1 Albudeite 968 66 75 05 968 66 76 09 albudeite2@eresmas.net 30190 Paseo de la Constitución, 2 Alcantarilla 968 80 15 00 968 89 80 09 policia@ayto-alcantarilla..

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3rd February Bullas: FREE guided route to uncover Modernist Bullas c.1900
The visit includes the most interesting elements of the wine making heritage of the town and the clock tower This guided visit co-incides with the monthly artisan market. Bullas, in the north-west of the Murcia Region, is participating in a series of free guided walks and routes being run by the tourist offices in the Region of Murcia designed to show visitors some of the historic towns and natural attractions of the Region. All the..

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Bullas Wine Route: Bodegas Lavia
Bodegas Lavia, a picturesque vineyard and winery on the Bullas Ruta del Vino This D.O. Bullas vineyard is located at 800 metres above sea level Bodegas Lavia is one of the wineries on the Bullas wine route, offering visitors an opportunity to see the vineyards where the grapes are grown and the production plant where the wines of Lavia, Lavia + and Finca Paso Malo are produced, as well as tasting the end result. Bodegas Lavia is..

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San Antón in the Murcia Region on 17th January
The 17th January is the day of Saint Antón Abad, usually associated with the protection of animals. The key activity related to San Antón is a blessing of the animals, which usually takes place following mass. This is a popular, family activity in which participants bring along their pets, and in some areas, horses, donkeys, goats and chickens are present, along with the more conventional goldfish, canaries and puppies. You'll find a blessing..

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