COSTA CÁLIDA. REGION OF MURCIA. A WIDE RANGE OF LANDSCAPES IN A FEW KILOMETRES
The variety and diversity of the Region of Murcia is not only reflected in its multiple cultural traditions. It is particularly noticeable in the wealth of natural habitats, in the number of fascinating spots that we can find both on the coast and inland. It has often been said that while one Murcia Region 'looks towards the sea' a second one 'faces inland'. All in all, it can in general be asserted that the Region of Murcia offers a wide range of activities which bring you into contact with nature.
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La Vía Verde del Noroeste of the Region of Murcia makes use of the old railway track between Murcia and Caravaca de la Cruz.
Sierra Espuña Route
A great tourist resource which allows you to enjoy the Region of Murcia's most emblematic natural setting while mountain-biking.
Sports and Adventure
Active tourism is one of the great proposals, regarding leisure related to nature, offered by the Region of Murcia.
Come and visit the most awesome natural spots in the region. Beaches, mountains, canyons, valleys... Here, we'll show you the best places to escape to, where to breathe clean air and to enjoy the amazing spectacles of nature.
MOUNTAIN OF ASHES
From the viewpoint of Monte de Cenizas, you can see some stunning views of Mar Menor, the Mediterranean Sea and even the coast of Africa. The Regional Park of Calblanque is located on the most easterly point of the coastline. Despite its small size, there are a variety of geological structures and materials that can be found in Calblanque. As a result, it is possible to find fossil dunes, cliffs, beaches, sedimentary rocks such as limestone or metamorphic rocks such as shales and phyllites.
In the Nature Reserve of Cañaverosa you could lose yourself in some of the best riverside forests in the Region of Murcia. Through the northwest of the region run the first few kilometres of the River Segura on its way to Murcia. This Nature Reserve is home to one of the best riverside forests of the region, it's a sort of 'ecosystem' of great value not only for its scarcity on a regional level, but also for the diversity of life forms that it welcomes.
The landscape of the Regional Park of Calblanque, is one of the best preserved in the whole region. It offers a great combination of beach and mountain. The Regional Park of Calblanque is located on the most easterly point of the coastline. Despite its small size, there are a variety of geological structures and materials that can be found in Calblanque. As a result, it is possible to find fossil dunes, cliffs, beaches, sedimentary rocks such as limestone or metamorphic rocks such as shale and phyllites.
Almadenes is one of the most incredible landscapes of our region - a deep canyon river ideal for the more adventurous. The Northeast retains the best network of river ecosystems in the region. Almadenes, in between Calasparra and Cieza, is an area where the River Segura excavates a deep canyon running along its floor, sometimes calm and sometimes rough. The dominant geological materials are limestone.
The Sierra Espuña Mountain Range is one of the greenest and most dense landscapes of Murcia. It's an ideal place to forget about problems and breathe pure air. Sierra Espuña has the largest forest of the Region of Murcia and one of the most emblematic natural environments; it is thanks to the efforts in afforestation and reforestation carried out at the end of the last century for today's green and dense forests.
SALINAS DE SAN PEDRO
Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro form the most important wetlands of the region. There you will be able to see flamingos and all kinds of birds. Las Salinas de San Pedro Regional Park, despite its small space, hides sedimentary rocks formations and sand dunes. It is a good example of the transformation of an old coastal lagoon into salt flats that are still active. This Park is located at the northernmost point of the Mar Menor.
THE RICOTE VALLEY
Valle de Ricote, with its Moorish air, is one of the best Spanish landscapes. You will be surrounded by palm trees, citrus trees and waterwheels. If any place exists where you can still feel the Arabic culture, it is Valle de Ricote. The following towns, Abarán, Archena, Blanca, Cieza, Ojós, Ricote, Ulea and Villanueva del Segura, have formed a dense vegetable garden, that meanders along the wetlands of the River Segura and transports you to an idyllic world.
FUENTES DEL MARQUES
Fuentes del Marqués is an ideal landscape to go with the family. It stands out for its water springs and abundant foliage. This Natural Reserve, one of the great attractions in the town of Caravaca, is listed as a historic site. This spot owes its name to its previous owners, the marquises of San Mamés, and of course to the birth of several springs of crystal-clear water.
The countryside in the surrounding areas of the River Chícamo is known as the Murcian Palestine for its abundance of palm trees and desert lands.
In the Erosiones de Bolnuevo, you will find one of the most unusual landscapes of the Region that has been shaped by water and wind. These erosions, located on the beachfront, set up an extraordinary natural landscape in which the wind and water erosion have formed whimsical shaped rocks.
If you're going with family or friends, as a couple or alone... We have beaches of all types, from small and hidden coves to long stretches of fine sand, and to top it off, they are spread out over two seas. Don't worry, we have the beach you are looking for!
The beaches of Calblanque, known for their long stretches of golden sand, secluded coves, crystal-clear waters and untouched nature, will make you forget anything to do with tourist resorts and mass-tourism. Enjoying a horseback ride near the shore, hiking along the Mediterranean or kite surfing are some of the most popular activities of this area, which is also the starting point for various footpaths.
Calnegre Beach, in Lorca, is one of the most privileged corners of the Spanish coast with its blue waters and fine sand, not forgetting and its sustainability. You will find this heaven on earth in the village of Ramonete, appearing like an oasis between cliffs, fossil dunes and vegetation, typical of the Mediterranean world.
Those who would like to enjoy the beach without clothes, can find a number of alcove areas of extreme beauty, hidden away from on-lookers. If you're a nature lover or if you'd simply like to be free for a day, we recommend you visit beaches such as Portús, in Cartagena; Cueva Lobos in Mazarrón or La Llana in San Pedro; all perfect places for nudism.
Cala Cortina is an urban beach in Cartagena. To access to it, you only have to pass through a tunnel and... there you go! A wonderful Mediterranean cove will appear before you with a play area for kids, a boardwalk, hammocks and umbrellas. Besides enjoying a refreshing swim, you can go out for tapas or go fishing and diving.
Where the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean join, lies the beach of La Llana that is different than all the others. Protected by the Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, this mile-long and precious beach remains in its primitive wild form and looks on to the Mediterranean. Ideal for nature lovers.
BEACHES FOR EVERYONE
Waters that are transparent, calm, lukewarm and shallow... Mar Menor's waters are ideal for swimming with younger members of the family. As well as for water sport lovers and for the elderly, since many of the waters are located near coastal footpaths, they are easily accessible and are ideal for all sorts of activities.
The most unique thing about the beach Amarilla de Águilas is the colour of the sand from which it takes its name. Another unique quality is the transparency of its waters and also its position, facing south and protected from easterly winds by the Island of Fraile, separated by a narrow channel with a width of a little more than 50 m and 1.5 metres deep. The surrounding area has a wealth of archaeological remains and is a meeting point for all types of recreational watercraft during the summer months.
AMONGST THE PALM TREES
The beach of Percheles is hidden within the coastline of Mazarrón and surrounded by a fantastic area of hills and mountains. Isolated, with fine, grey sand, it's perfect to relax in the shade of the palm trees. It's one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, particularly when the sea is calm. The sunrise here is a real spectacle.
Miles and miles of completely untouched coast await you in the Regional Park of Cabo Cope. Only after a long walk along footpaths and impressive cliffs, will you get to these idyllic and secluded coves with transparent waters which are full of life. Intimate and unchanged, this coastline is one of the best kept secrets of the region and a real gift to whoever discovers it.
La Manga possesses something that you won't be able to find anywhere else: 44 km of beaches distributed between two seas, the Menor and the Mediterranean. Even though each beach is different, they all share common features, such as the thinnest sand and crystal-clear waters. These never ending beaches, without waves and the most peaceful waters you can imagine, are ideal for water sports at all levels, such as sailing, diving and kite surfing.