The Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia de Mérida, patron saint of Totana, is one of the most popular places outside of the town. It is situated in a beautiful spot at the foot of Sierra Espuña, 600m above sea level. It’s accessible by a road surrounded by pine groves and orchards where stately houses of the last century are built.
Totana itself is a well-connected municipality in the south-west of the Region of Murcia, 45km from the capital city of Murcia and covering an area of 287.67km2 with around 30,000 inhabitants.
Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Espuña, it includes flat agricultural plains and mountainous pine-clad forests within its borders, creating a variety of natural resources which all contribute to the local economy, and falls within the area known as the Comarca del Bajo Guadalentin..
Totana has an important ceramic tradition, with Alfareros, or potters around the town, and has a strong agricultural base, an established livestock production industry, extensive vineyards producing table grapes and a good deal of salad and vegetable cultivation. It is here you will have free time for lunch and to explore.
Then onto the fascinating Ethnological museum of the Huerta. On the roadside from Murcia, this museum is devoted to rural life in the huerta over the last centuries, through hundreds of objects, arranged by theme: former professions, domestic life, music, chemists, grocer's, clothing, etc. The museum occupies a traditional regional house and pavilions in the garden, where there is a still a working noria, a giant wheel designed by the Moors to bring up water from the irrigation canal.