Alhama de Murcia
This is our closest large town, and it just a 15 minute drive down the mountain. Spend a day exploring the old Roman Baths, and indoor market, then wander up to the old Moorish castle which overlooks the town.
If you're here on a Tuesday the weekly street market offers a true Spanish experience, with piles of local vegetables, stalls of olives, nuts and cheeses, as well as clothes, fabrics and shoes.
The small town also has a packed agenda of festivals and events throughout the year. Drop into the tourist info centre, or check out their site by clicking the link for more info.