Caravaca de la Cruz is a town (holy city) and municipality of southeastern Spain in the province of Murcia, near the left bank of the River Argos, a tributary of the River Segura. This city is the capital of the northwest Region of Murcia. It has a population of approximately 28,000.
It is the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity, having been granted the privilege to celebrate the jubilee year in perpetuity in 1998 by the then Pope John Paul II, along with Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Camaleno (Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana). It celebrates its jubilee every seven years; the first being in 2003, when it was visited by the then Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI. In 2010 the second jubilee was celebrated, and it surpassed the one million mark of visits received in 2003. In has been included in the Festivities of International Tourist Interest since 2004.
Caravaca is dominated by the medieval Castle of Santa Cruz, and contains several convents and fine churches, with a miraculous cross, celebrated for its healing powers, which is honored in a yearly festival held at the beginning of May. Caravaca is home to many monuments and museums, many of which are important tourist attractions. The hills which extend to the north are rich in marble and iron.
The main fiestas are held from the 1st to 5th May and were declared of International Tourist Interest. Along with processions and parades of Moors and Christians, the presentation of the Santa Cruz (a specially designed Cross holding a piece of Christ’s wooden cross inside) is the spectacular Caballos del Vino (Wine Horses), a horse race to the Sanctuary in the ‘Old Town’ which is recognised by UNESCO for its cultural heritage.
Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of around 44,000. A city where you can walk everywhere and has many cultural places to see and visit and a stunning Cathedral at its centre. Works of art by the famous Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo are seen all around the city and the Fiestas de Primavera (Spring Festival) are a special highlight to see after Easter.
Lorca is home to Lorca Castle and the Collegiate church dedicated to St. Patrick. It offers many cultural opportunities and is latterly famous for having survived a large earthquake, which has allowed the City to be remodeled and modernized. In the Middle Ages Lorca was the frontier town between Christian and Muslim Spain.
Cartagena is a Spanish city and port. A major naval port and visiting point for modern cruise ships from around the world; Cartagena was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and it has a complicated history of Carthage, Roman, Arab and Moorish control. Strong naval history is evident in the city, as is the Roman influence with fine historic sites including an almost complete Roman amphitheatre. The fiestas of the Romans and Carthaginians are world-renowned and continue for several days. The Easter parades are considered some of the most extensive in the region.
Beaches can be found all along the Coast from Vera and Aguillas in the West to San Pedro del Pinatar in the east on the border with Alicante. They are plentiful and very popular with the Spanish from Madrid and Barcelona, where they spend the August holidays.
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