THIS weekend Alhama de Murcia is holding a Roman Market in the Plaza de la Constitucion, in front of the town hall.
The market opens on Friday April 27 from 6pm to 10pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm or so on Saturday and until 9pm on Sunday.
As the market has ‘a touch of Asterix and Obelix’, there will be – apart from the Romans – Gauls, druids and slaves as well as a complete Roman market with stalls selling foods and trinkets.
The stalls open on the Friday afternoon at 6 pm. Amata – the same association that was in charge of the Medieval and Roman markets held in previous years – is organising the whole event, so visitors can be sure that all the merchandise is made by hand.
There will be silver, glass, wood, ceramics, leather, fabrics, all beautifully crafted. About 35 real craft people are expected. Jano makes – and sometimes even plays – ‘konkovkas’ and ‘fujaras’, the traditional shepherd’s flutes from the Carpathian Mountains in his native Slovak country.
Chema binds books, using authentic medieval methods, and Pablo makes his own incense.
Local girl María-Luisa makes different cheeses from the milk of her goats.
Several stalls offer design jewellery in macramé, silver, glass and other materials. And then there are stalls with food to suit the most jaded appetite.
Drink from beakers and eat with your fingers; the Romans may have had no table manners, but paper napkins will be provided.
There will also be a man- powered merry-go-round, old fashioned table games and some workshops for the children.
Visitors are encouraged to come draped in a simple toga (use an old bed sheet).
Call the organisers on 639 979 678 for more information or visit www.amata.es.