Caravaca, situated in an inland area of Murcia, is an example of the renaissance architecture of the time and of the dark medieval past where the religious constructions prevailed. Cave paintings have been found that are declared world heritage. It was previously inhabited by the Iberians and Romans, although the proper origin of the city was during the Arab reign.
The past of Caravaca has left us with its architecture, its beautiful Medieval old quarter and its castle, that rises above the houses of the village. Originally Arab, it was extended by the Templar knights and later on passed on to the hands of the Santiago Order. The castle, a great cultural legacy, houses the museum of religious art and history.
Other important places that we can visit are: the Salvador church, the Soledad church (currently an archaeological museum), the Carmelitas convent, founded by San Juan de la Cruz, and the Purisima Concepcion, built during the 16th century.
Caravaca de la Cruz is the fifth holy city in the world after Santiago de Compostela, Santo Toribio de Liebana, Rome and Jerusalem. An essential place to visit for the practicing Catholics and for those lovers of the art and beauty of its streets and its gastronomy.