Fiestas are an important part of Spanish life, the most important being the hugely popular Easter week processions, Patron Saints days and the colourful Moors and Christians festival in July, August and September.
Festivities last well into the night and usually finish in dazzling firework displays.
The cuisine of the many restaurants and tapas bars in the area is heavily influenced by the Mediterranean and its fish. The best examples come in the rice and fish dishes, augmented by local tomatoes, peppers, beans and cauliflowers. Compliment this with excellent wines produced locally from Jumilla, Yecla and Rioja regions all of which are well worth trying. A desert of traditional rice pudding made with goats milk lemon rind and cinnamon is followed by coffee and brandy. A truly succulent meal to saviour.