Jumilla is a municipality located to North-east in Murcia Region. Its population is about 25,000 inhabitants. Its weather is little rainy and sunny, with very cold winters. Covering an area of 972 km2 and bordering with Castilla La Mancha and Community of Valencia.
The original core of Jumilla what was the top of the Cerro del Castillo, where traces were already Bronze Age, with successive occupation of Iberians and Romans. In Andalusian period Jumalla city, in the thirteenth century was taken by Christians and passed to the Crown of Aragon appears. However, the 1358 is definitely integrated into the crown of Castile, including in 1445 the Lordship of Villena. The suburbs of the old walled city was the germ of the present city, which began to take shape in the fifteenth century, with significant urban development in the next century.
A walk in our history…
The Castle, from Arabic origin, is the most noteworthy monument in Jumilla, influenced by the mixture of cultures over the centuries, dominating the Town from Its hill. The fortress as one sees it today was constructed in 1461 by the Marquis of Villena. After several restorations, today it displays all its splendor.
As a Site of Historical and Artistic Interest, the Iglesia Mayor de Santiago (Great Church of Santiago), from the fifteenth century deserves special mention, with a Gothic dome and a magnificent sixteenth century altarpiece; In the Upper Square area, where the political and economic life was developed in the sixteenth century, we find the Antiguo Palacio del Concejo (Old Council Palace),from sixteenth century, built in Renaissance style, home to the Municipal Archaeological Museum “Jerónimo Molina” and the private Museum of the Jesus Nazareno brotherhood. Moreover, in the Ethnography and Natural Sciences Museum, we can see a wide collection of ethnography, minerals, fossils, paleontology and entomology. Also the Vico Theatre (nineteenth century) stands out.
Following our tour, we find The Casón, a late-Roman funeral edifice, the best preserved in Europe, a little Museum of Holy Week housed in the San Anton Hermitage, as well as gardens and nobles houses in the main street.
In Pedanía de la Estacada, there is a botanical garden. And in Pedanías of La Alquería, Fuente del Pino, Román, Zarza, Raja, Cañada del Trigo y Torre del Rico, there are interesting landscapes.