Travels Murcia in southeastern Spain, which is known for its diversity of landscapes, mountains, cliffs, sandy beaches kilometers long and small hidden bays. Murcia has an ideal climate year around for cycling, and an adequate network of lonely roads where one breathes tranquility away from the bustle of the city and the people.
Training routes Alejandro Valverde
Tour with us the training routes of cyclist’s “Alejandro Valderde” and enjoy unique landscapes of sea and mountains.
Sierra Espuña Natural Park
The beautiful biodiversity of Sierra Espuña
The Regional Park of Sierra Spain is a natural area of great beauty and interest.
The natural beauty of Sierra Espuña is unquestionable, in this beautiful corner of Murcia biodiversity they census 8 species of amphibians, 17 reptiles, among which you can find vipers, 123 birds such as kestrels, owls and golden eagles and 18 mammals, and a subspecies of the environment itself, the squirrel Espuña. Other mammals that abound are the Barbary sheep, wild boar and lynx. 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 importance.
It is worth emphasizing landscape, botanical and faunal values of The area of Fuente de la Higuera and the Umbría de los Cenajos.
Among the protected species of fauna of interest that live in the Park, are birds of prey like Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, or OWL, which are in the lugs and hollows of the abrupt relieves many places where to nest.
Carrascoy Valley Natural Park
(Cresta de Gallo)
The Valley and Carrascoy Regional Park is located in the Eastern Centre of the Region of Murcia portion. It delimits geographically the Valley of Segura and the minor Sea basin, and it could be understood as a natural and historic border between the orchard of Murcia and Cartagena field. In addition, the rambla of the Puerto de la Cadena, passage of the first civilizations to the present area, divided Regional Park in two sectors: El Valle y Carrascoy. .
This Natural area is part of the network Natura 2000 since it is considered as a place of Community interest and shares part of territory (area of special protection for birds) ZEPA by the presence of Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo), and expand the protection to other birds of prey such as the Bonelli’s Eagle (Hierastus fasciatus) or the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).
From the botanical point of view, this area has great biodiversity since there are about 600 species of plants, some of great singularity and beauty as the rock tab (Lafuentea rotundifolia) or the giant Orchid (Barlia robertiana).
Mar Menor routes
Few regions have the good fortune to have a saltwater lake next to the Mediterranean Sea. This endearing Sea, historically known, visited and populated called Mar Menor. This coastal perimeter has 73 kilometers of coastline where you can find a successions of shallow beaches of transparent waters (maximum depth does not exceed 7 meters). With 170 km2, the lagoon of Mar Menor is Europe’s largest salt water lake.
To the south of this little sea rise the islet of Perdiguera, Mayor, Redonda, Ciervo and Sujeto which are reminiscent of its volcanic origin.
Cartagena – Mazarrón
This route begins in Cartagena, a city with more than 3,000 years of history, Cartagena has been the scene of some of the most incredible passages of history. Today, this Punic city, Roman, military and modernist offers so many things to see and do that it is not surprising is one of the more seductive destinations in the Mediterranean.
Obligatory stop: “Castillitos battery”.
Impressive views of the Bay of Cartagena, the Mazarrón and rugged sierra de la Muela, one of the last Virgin areas of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
The battery was installed between 1933 and 1936 to defend the entrance to the Cartagena naval base. This is endowed with two British 381 mm guns, the more powerful and effective at the time, capable of firing a projectile of nearly a ton 35 kilometres away.