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HISTORY AND CULTURE

BULLAS WINE ROUTE

Since ancient times, the lands of Bullas have been given over to wine growing, as we can see from the sculpture of the Child with Grapes in the Roman villa at Los Cantos and the abundant documentation that has come down to us. In the town centre alone you can still find the buildings or traces of over 200 traditional wineries, most built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Wine Route of Bullas lets you explore the wealth of its culture, with wine as the main influence on the area’s environment, heritage and personality, encouraging respect for its historic values and helping consolidate a model of sustainable development in the area.

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Home of the Monastrell grape variety

Since ancient times, the lands of Bullas have been given over to wine growing, as we can see from the sculpture of the Child with Grapes in the Roman villa at Los Cantos and the abundant documentation that has come down to us. In the town centre alone you can still find the buildings or traces of over 200 traditional wineries, most built in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Wine Route of Bullas lets you explore the wealth of its culture, with wine as the main influence on the area’s environment, heritage and personality, encouraging respect for its historic values and helping consolidate a model of sustainable development in the area.

RESOURCES

Bullas, a veritable “natural winery”

The Wine Route of Bullas involves around 20 companies and associated organisations, among them wineries, restaurants, accommodation and specialist shops. As well as these, the museums, monuments, natural landscapes and craft displays along the Route give it a special and inspiring feel, and you can see for yourself the long wine-growing traditions of the “tierras altas” of the Region of Murcia.

HERITAGE

Bullas offers a wealth of heritage related to the culture of wine-growing

The Museum of Wine is the main point of reference. Installed in a former traditional winery, this large museum has two floors: one with the old presses and the winery, one feature of which is its perfectly preserved ogive vaults.

Apart from that, the historic centre of Bullas has several points of interest, like the Plaza de España, the square where you will find the Parish Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (eighteenth-nineteenth centuries), the Arts Centre and the Monument to the Winegrower. The area around Plaza Vieja square is characterised by its colourful façades and you can still see the remains of the ancient mediaeval fortress of Bullas. Another visit you must not miss is the Bodega de la Balsa (an old rehabilitated press), the Clock Tower and the House-Museum of Don Pepe Marsilla which recreates the way of life in the town in the late nineteenth century.

Lastly, among its natural beauty spots is the emblematic Salto del Usero on the upper reaches of the River Mula, the Monte Castellar hill, and the wide sweeps of the vineyards of Valle de Aceniche and Venta del Pino.

FESTIVALS

The Patron Saint’s Day of the Virgin of the Rosary and Saint Mark are the main festive events

The saint’s day in honour of the Virgin of the Rosary is the first Sunday of October, preceded in the last week of September by the popular Wine Festival.

The popular Festival of Saint Mark at the end of April celebrates the rural world with a huge procession of carriages decked out in the most traditional decorations.

Other interesting festivals are those of Saint Antony in January and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in December, both held in La Copa.

GASTRONOMY

Typical Bullas cuisine reflects the geographical, climatic and cultural features of the area

Typical Bullas dishes reflect the geographical, climatic and cultural features of the area. There is a huge variety of traditional dishes, among them “ajoharina” (potatoes in garlic sauce), “empedrao” (rice with beans, sweet peppers and cod), rice with rabbit, fried breadcrumbs and “patatas en llanda” (roast potatoes).

Among the aperitifs and salads you must try “rin ran”, “minchirones” and “pimpirrana”. And among the desserts, “torrijas de Bullas” (French toast), unique of its kind.

ACTIVITIES

The whole of October is given over to wine

If you decide to follow a Route you can choose to sample the best wines either in the wineries on the route itself, or at the Museum of Wine. The El Zacatín street market of traditional products is held on the first Sunday of the month in Bullas’ historic centre and always has demonstrations by different craftsmen. The month of October is given over to wine.

HOW TO GET THERE

Bullas lies in the north-west region of Murcia, 53 km from the capital

Bullas lies in the north-west region of Murcia, 53 km from the capital. The best way to get there is by the North-WestRiver Mula dual carriageway (the former C-415), which runs between Murcia and Caravaca de la Cruz. If you’re arriving from outside Murcia you can link up with this dual carriageway at Murcia where you will easily find the way to Bullas (from the A-7 if you’re coming from Andalusia or Levante, or from the A-30 if arriving from La Mancha).

CONTACT:

Telephone: 968 657 211

Email: rutadelvino@bullas.es

Adress: Tader, Av. de Murcia, 85, 81, 30180 Bullas, Murcia

WINE TOURISM IN BULLAS WINE ROUTE