Mula Spain

Information on the historic town of Mula, located in the Murcia region of Spain.

Mula - Murcia - Spain

Situated about 34 kilometres to the west of the city of Murcia in the Mula river valley, the charming little town of Mula is overlooked by the Sixteenth Century castle of Marques de los Velez. Mula has a population of approximately 16,000 and is a mostly agricultural town, the formerly arid lands of the Mula RiverValley were irrigated during the Arab occupation of the region. The old quarter of the town is well preserved with a winding maze of narrow streets and alleys and some interesting buildings to visit.

Mula is probably best known for its night-time ‘tamborradas’ (drumming processions) held during Holy Week, when the constant pounding of the drums creates a haunting atmosphere throughout the town. These unique drumming processions take place on the Tuesday night (from midnight) of Holy Week through to Wednesday afternoon and also during the morning on the Friday and the Sunday afternoon. Similar 'tamborrada' processions are held in the towns of Hellín, Tobara and Moratalla.

The now ruined Marques de los Velez castle was constructed on the top of a hill overlooking Mula during the 16th Century and was once an significant fortification in the area.

Mula has two interesting churches to visit - the Iglesia de San Miguel located in the Plaza Mayor and the Iglesia de Santo Domingo built during the Sixteenth Century and is notable for its splendid façade and neoclassical design. The Museo del Cigarralejo exhibits a huge collection of Iberian art which was excavated at the nearby necropolis, this is housed in a baroque mansion in the middle of town. Other places which are worth a visit in Mula are the Ermita del Carmen and the Real Monasterio de la Encarnacion from the Seventeenth Century.

The nearby Baños de Mula thermal baths have been in existence since Roman times and are famous for their healing and medicinal qualities. The Cierva Reservoir (Embalse de la Cierva) is formed by the Mula River and is also close by and worth visitng.

A popular haunt for craftsmen and artisans, Mula is noted for its production of craft items especially pottery and textiles and a regular monthly craft market is held there (second Sunday of the month), where visitors can purchase locally made craft products.

To the south of Mula you will find the beautiful coastline of the Costa Calida with some lovely resorts worth visiting including Aguilas, Calabardina and Puerto Mazarron. You could also consider a spot of hill walking in the nearby Sierra de Espuña, enjoy a trip to the historical town of Lorca or perhaps visit the ceramics factories in the town of Totana.

Mula is situated just off the main C-415 road from Murcia some nearby villages include Pliego, Albudeite and Yechar .

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