This is a new Romería which started in Calasparra during 2002 following the restoration of the Ermita, the little hermitage , which looks out over the Sierra. A good number of people participate in this activity, the number growing each year as the tradition establishes itself.
This activity takes place on the last Sunday of September.
The route is about 9 km long, and is considered to be of low difficulty, but the hermitage is on top of a Sierra high above the town, so there´s a good amount of uphill walking involved on the way up, and an easier time on the way back down.
The council tourist office have started to include the Romería as part of their annual calendar of walks around the area, and invote participants, both resident and non-resident, to join them in the walk up to the sanctuary.
Stout walking boots are recommended, and it's advisable to carry snack food and water in a light rucksack. Sun cream may also be needed. It is anticipated that the return should be complete by lunchtime. A staff or walking stick is also extremely useful on these occasions as some of the paths can be quite loose underfoot.
Refreshments will be served to all those taking part when they reach the chapel, where mass is celebrated prior to the descent.
Anyone wishing to take part should be in the Plaza Corredera in the centre of town at 9.00 in the morning, as the route sets off from here.
Further information is available from Noelia and Lola in the tourist office, Telephone 968 745325.
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