Upcoming events in Jumilla

Miniferia del Vino – April 8th

Every year since moving to Jumilla in 2008 we have been to the “Miniferia de los vinos de Jumilla”, which is held  in the Plaza Rey Don Pedro on the first Saturday of Semana Santa. This year it will take place on Saturday 8 April between 12 and 3, so put it in your diaries now! Entry to the Miniferia costs only 5€ and for this princely sum you will be given a wineglass so that you can taste the best wines from the many D.O Jumilla bodegas. Your only problem will be deciding who can taste all the wines and who will have to restrict their intake as they have been nominated as the driver! John and I are fortunate as we live on the outskirts of Jumilla, so we can both walk there and stagger home afterwards.

If you would like to enjoy the drama and passion of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Jumilla, these are some of the key dates.

Tamborada de la Burrica – April 8th

Drumming is a very important part of Semana Santa in Jumilla, with three processions. The first one starts at 19.00 at Iglesia de San Juan, going along Calle Cánovas to Plaza de Arriba.

The children’s Tamborada is on Monday 10 April, starting from Plaza de Arriba at 17.30 and finishing on the Paseo Poeta Lorenzo Guardiola. Even the youngest participants seem able to keep to the rhythm of the drums. If you like late nights, the Tamborada de Gloria on Saturday 15 April starts at 23.45 in Plaza de Arriba, marching along Calle Cánovas and then drumming until the early hours of the morning in the car park behind the Mercado de Abastos. We usually miss that one!

Domingo de Ramos – April 9th

Palm Sunday, where the local children carry palm leaves,  is one of my favourite processions. It starts at approximately 12.00 from the Iglesia de San Juan and goes along Calle Pio XII, crossing the main road (which will be closed off), then continuing along Calle Cánovas del Rollo and finishing at the Iglesia de Santiago.

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It’s very difficult to know how long the procession will take, as proud parents hand over babies and small children to have their photo taken with Jesus on his donkey, which obviously delays his journey.

Procesión del Silencio – April 11th

Another procession for those of you who like late nights and also who aren’t afraid of the dark. This procession starts at midnight from the southern door of Iglesia de Santiago and takes place in darkness (apart from bonfires in the street) and silence (apart from the drum beats and the sound of the penitents’ chains) – it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

Visita a los Monumentos “Las Manolos” – April 13th.

This is a popular procession as the participants visit several monuments in Jumilla, accompanied by local bands. Members of four brotherhoods parade along Calle Cánovas, starting at Jardín del Rollo at 17.30 with others joining the procession at different places along the route. I’m always in awe at the way the señoras can walk along the cobbled streets on their staggeringly high heels!

Domingo Resurección – April 16th

The highlight of the week is on Easter Sunday, when the Resurrected Christ appears at 12.00 in Plaza del Rollo. Following this, there is a procession along Calle Cánovas, where sweets are shared out to the eagerly awaiting children in the Caramelada.

If you don’t know Jumilla and plan to come along on any of these days, you can find a street map of Jumilla by clicking on this link. If you would like to enjoy a free guided tour of Jumilla during the Easter holidays, click on the link for Walkers Tours of Jumilla at the top of this page.

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