Old Public Market
Cante de las Minas mining/flamenco festival
The mining industry plays a key role in La Unión’s singular scenery.
La Unión is located in Murcia in south-eastern Spain, between the beaches of the Mar Menor saltwater lagoon and the Mediterranean Sea. This city has long had close ties with mining, and still does to this day. For many years, it was the city’s main industrial activity. Today visitors can learn more about it at the former Workers’ Lyceum, which was built in 1901 and has now been transformed into the Mining Museum, and the La Unión Mining Park. It has 50,000 m² and offers visitors the chance to go down into an old underground mine, and take a ride on a mining train. The city’s historic heritage can also be explored through places such as the Casa del Piñón residence and the old Public Market, as well as in the traditional architecture of buildings like La Cooperativa.
There are two red-letter dates on La Unión’s calendar: the Easter Week celebrations and the Cante de las Minas Festival in August. This is the world’s most important flamenco festival and has been designated a Festival of International Tourist Interest. A visit to the museum dedicated to this festival is also highly recommended.