Travels Murcia in southeastern Spain, which is known for its diversity of landscapes, mountains, cliffs, sandy beaches kilometers long and small hidden bays. With an ideal year for cycling climate par excellence, an adequate network of lonely roads where one breathes tranquility away from the bustle of the city and the people.
On the routes of Alejandro Valverde
Travellet with us training routes cyclist “Alejandro Valverde” and enjoy unique landscapes of sea and mountains.
Sierra Espuña Natural Park
Sierra Espuña, where there is biodiversity
The Regional Park Sierra Spain is a natural area of great beauty and interest.
The natural wealth of Sierra Espuña is unquestionable, since in this beautiful corner of Queen geography Murcia biodiversity. 8 species of amphibians, 17 reptiles, among which vipers, 123 birds such as kestrels, owls and golden eagles and 18 mammals, a subspecies of the environment itself, squirrel Espuña There surveyed. Other mammals that abound are the Barbary sheep, wild boar and lynx. Sometimes be seen. But the most famous are the birds. Their presence has allowed the establishment of special protection areas of European importance of flora and fauna in danger of extinction.
As for the flora, Sierra Espuña also has a varied landscape, with 1,000 native species of vegetation that make it a unique place that should not be missed.
The Regional Park of the Sierra de la Pila
The Regional Park of the Sierra de la Pila, is part of the Network of Protected Natural Areas in the Region of Murcia.
The Sierra de la Pila has a great interest not only for the great value of its biotic ecosystem and of great environmental diversity, but also for its tectonic and paleontological wealth.
It is noteworthy for its scenic, botanical and faunal values near the Fuente de la Higuera and the Cenajos Umbria.
Among the protected species of fauna inhabiting interest in the park, they include raptors such as golden eagle, eagle, peregrine falcon, eagle owl or that are in the projections and recesses of the steep slopes numerous places to nest.
Carrascoy Valley Natural Park
(Cresta de Gallo)
Carrascoy Valley Natural Parkis located in the central eastern portion of the region of Murcia. Geographically delimited Segura Valley and the Cuenca del Mar Menor, and could be understood as a natural and historic border between the Huerta de Murcia and Campo de Cartagena. In addition, the promenade of Puerto de la Cadena, passage area of the first civilizations to the present, the Regional Park divided into two sectors Carrascoy Valley Natural Park.
This natural area is part of the Natura 2000 network as it is considered as a Site of Community Interest and shares part of territory ZEPA (Special Protection Area) by the presence of eagle owl (Bubo bubo), coat protection for other raptors such as Bonelli’s eagle (Hierastus fasciatus) or the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).
From the botanical point of view, it highlights its great biodiversity since it around 600 different species of higher plants, some of great uniqueness and beauty as rock orejilla (Lafuentea rotundifolia) or giant orchid (Barlia robertiana)
la Unión -Batteries of the Ashes
We start the route in the village of La Union, a town southeast of the region, including the beaches of Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea enjoys a unique and different landscape.
His Sierra Minera, declared of cultural interest, gives the landscape a distinctive style, strongly marked by the footprint that the mining industry has left over centuries of activity.
Obligatory stop in “BATERIAS DE LAS CENIZAS” Mount of Ashes, located inside the Natural Park of Calblanque, an area of great ecological reserve. On top of it some batteries were constructed as part of the defense plan Ashes 1923. The battery was built in 1931 on a previous building of the eighteenth century.
Travel and viewpoint give us a view of a spectacular coastal scenery on the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Portman, a strategic enclave of great importance during Roman times in the Mediterranean where ships were loaded with minerals, amphorae, salted, oil, etc en route to other parts of the Empire. the Mar Menor and the coast Calblanque.
Witness to this are the presence of a village in the vicinity, the Roman villa and a Roman road Paturro that today has been restored and converted into a nice paved hiking trail.
Mazarrón – Bolnuevo
The 35 km of beach that has this core are one of the main natural attractions of this area, due to its special features. Outstanding beaches are: La Isla, Bahia, Nares or El Castellar Bolnuevo. Within these beaches there are numerous coves
Erosions Bolnuevo. The wind and sea erosion, along with the special characteristics of the sand instead, white and thin, and have created a characteristic landscape Bolnuevo area, which is set within the Puerto de Mazarron. These special circumstances have given the name to the place of “The Enchanted City”.
Caravaca de la Cruz
From the Middle Ages, the urban center of Caravaca became a crossroads for its strategic location between the Kingdom of Granada and the Castilian Kingdom of Murcia, as well as the proximity of the Crown of Aragon. The capitulation of the taifa of Murcia through the Treaty of Alcaraz in 1243 consolidated the domain of the Crown of Castile and Caravaca became a Christian frontier enclave against Al-Andalus, which made after the Mudejar uprising of 1264 his fortress was entrusted to the Order of the Temple until 1312.
In addition to being known for the Christian relic and its beautiful Old Town of medieval origin, it is also for the festivities, held between May 1 and 5 of each year, declared of International Tourist Interest in 2004. Along with the processions and parades of Moors and Christians, is especially relevant the celebration of the Horses of the Wine, which at present aspires to be declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.