Cehegín is located in the North-west of the Region of Murcia, with Mula and Bullas to the East, Lorca to the South, Caravaca de la Cruz to the West and Calasparra and Moratalla to the North.
The municipality has just over 16,000 inhabitants (2012) and encompasses rocky, mountainous areas, fertile plains, areas of pine forest and has natural water supplies, a combination of factors which have made it attractive to humans and their prehistoric predecessors for thousands of years.. The Sierra de la Lavia, Sierra de Burete, Sierra de la Puerta and Sierra de Gilico y Cambrones are all important landmarks, as are the rivers Argos and Quípar.
Inhabited by the Argarics, Iberians, Romans, Btzantines, Visigoths, Arabs and finally the Christian forces of the Reconquist, it has a fascinating history.
Today it has a growing tourism industry, being an ideal location from which to explore the North-west, with a number of tourism attractions of it's own, including the late Roman and Visigoth city of Begastri, an atmospheric Old Quarter, filled with historic buildings, as well being located on the Vía Verde, a former railway track which is now a major walking, cycling and pilgrimage route, linking Murcia and Caravaca.
The Peña Rubia houses important prehistoric rock paintings, now protected by Unesco, and other archaeological remains from this, and other prehistoric sites within Cehegín can be seen in the Municipal Archaeological museum located in the Casa del Concejo and Palacio de los Fajardos, high up in the town centre in the Plaza del Castillo.
The old quarter is filled with important family houses dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, including the Palacio de Jaspe, the Casino, la Casa del Conde de Campillos, the Hospital de la Real Piedad, as well as important churches : the Iglesia de Santa María, the Ermita de la Concepción, Ermita de la Sangre de Cristo and Santuario de las Maravillas
Cehegín celebrates a number of Fiestas throughout the year, including the Fiestas of San Sebastian in January, Carnival, Semana Santa, the Feria of San Roque which includes bullrunning, and its Fiestas patronales in September. It also hosts an atmospheric monthly artesan market, El Mesoncico
Cehegín also maximises its natural resources with its Parque Ecológico and monthly free guided walks to show off the beauty spots of the municipality
Click for map, Cehegín
Its pedanías are : Campillo de los Jiménez, Algezares y El Cabezo, Canara, Cañada de Canara, Valentín, El Chaparral and La Carrasquilla.