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THE REGION
IN 8 ROUTES

HOME > WHAT TO DO > ROUTES > THE REGION IN 8 ROUTES > VALLE DE RICOTE ROUTE

VALLEY DE RICOTE

Also known as the Valle Morisco ("Moorish Valley"), due to the fact that this was the last redoubt of the Moors in Spain, the River Segura has made this a lush and almost unknown corner of Murcia, creating a fertile landscape of fruit and palm trees. Any visit to the valley must start at the Visitors Centre in Archena, a good starting-point for discovering the area and enjoying a form of tourism based on active tourism and rural and health pursuits.
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ARCHENA

Things to see?
Set among dense gardens located on the banks of the River Segura, we find the thermal waters of the Spa, which were used during the Roman Age and in whose enclosure we can visit the Shrine of the Virgen de la Salud (1854) and the Casino, of Neo-Classical style. The cultural itinerary includes the Church of San Juan Bautista (18th century), the Castle of Don Mario and the Visitor Centre at the Small Palace of El Parque Villa Rías.

What To Do?
Enjoy the charms of the Spa, which still preserves its late 19th century atmosphere, while also offering the latest in health and beauty treatments. Riverside walks or bike rides.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Horn of Merengue y Pitisús. Traditional sausage meats made in accordance with handcrafted methods.
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ULEA

Things to see?
From the viewing-point of El Corazón de Jesús we can admire the town, with its Church of San Bartolomé (16th century), the Casa Parroquial (Presbytery) and the Small Temple of El Henchidor, where the Cross is washed every 3rd of May.

What To Do?
Routes through the town to enjoy its unique buildings and riverbank landscapes. Don't miss 'El Gurugú', where you can enjoy views across the area's agricultural landscapes in a setting with a distinctive Moorish feel.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Esparto products. Fresh fruits and vegetables.
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BLANCA

Things to see?
Departing from the Moorish Fortress located on Peña Negra, we cross the old Moorish neighbourhood and reach the Church of San Juan Evangelista, the House of La Favorita (19th century) and the Mansion of El Conde de Trenor (19th century), which has been converted into a hotel and restaurant. On the outskirts of the town we find the Hermitage of San Roque (18th century).

What To Do?
Canoeing and rafting along the river, horse-riding routes, and trekking and bicycle routes. Ecological routes. Go swimming at the river beaches at El Arenal or the canoe club. Go fishing on the Azud de Ojós reservoir. Walk up to the ruins of the castle and step back in time.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Esparto rugs, traditional sausage meats and honey.
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ABARÁN

Things to see?
Visit the Hermitage of the Holy Doctors, San Cosme and San Damián, the Shrine of La Virgen del Oro and the Church of San Pablo (17th century), or take a stroll along the Route of the Water Wheels.

What To Do?
Route of the Water Wheels, including the Great Water Wheel that dates back to 1805, this being the largest wheel still in use in Spain. Head up to the Santos Medicos or Cabezo de la Cruz view-points and enjoy the views of the valley.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Picardías, turrones (nougat) and handmade sweets. Lacework and Nativity Scene accessories.
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CIEZA

Things to see?
Visitors will admire the remains of Medina Siyâsa, a Moorish site located on the Castle Hill, the Shrine of La Virgen del Buen Suceso (panoramic view), the Church of La Asunción (18th century), the Balcón del Muro with its ancient fortress and walls, the La Serreta cave and the interesting Wind-power Station (guided visits), not to mention the Museums of Medina Siyâsa, the Teodoro Mill and the Small Esparto Museum.

What To Do?
Climbing on the Peak of El Almorchón. Why not have a dip in the beauty spot known as La Presa and visit the Spring of El Gorgotón, located in the Canyon of Los Almadenes? Trekking and mountain bike routes. Descents along the River Segura. At Christmas, don't miss the 'Ruta de los Belenes' around the town's nativity scenes.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Split olives seasoned with fennel and salt, peaches, horchata de avellana (ground hazelnut drink) and tortas de pan dormío (flat bread cakes). Craft market first Sunday in the month (from October to May).
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OJÓS

Things to see?
The houses of noble families still preserve their coats-of-arms and grilles dating from the 17th century. Visitors really must see the Church of San Agustín, the Dam of El Azud, the Wash House and the Natural Beauty Spot of El Solvente.

What To Do?
Stroll through the gardens and paths along the river to discover the multiple uses of water. Discover the legends connected with natural settings such as the "Salto de la Novia".

Things to Buy and Eat?
Bizcochos borrachos (a typical sweet dish).
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RICOTE

Things to see?
Set in the mountains and surrounded by palm trees and lemon trees, the town's streets and small squares transport us back to another age. Visitors will find two marvellous examples of Baroque architecture: the Small Palace of Llamas, with its magnificent stairwell, and the Church of San Sebastián. These two buildings preserve two veritable jewels: a sculpture of San José de Salzillo and the organ of Llamas, of Baroque style and the oldest instrument of its kind in the diocese.

What To Do?
Enjoy the excellent local food and wine. Excursions on foot or by bicycle through magnificent mountain ranges. Follow the 'Sendero de los Miradores' ("View-point Trail").

Things to Buy and Eat?
Home-made wine, roast lamb and suckling pig. Local handicrafts.
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VILLANUEVA DEL RIO SEGURA

Things to see?
This secluded and peaceful town invites us to stroll up to the Church of La Asunción, of Neo-Classical style and then walk down to the river bank by crossing the paths of La Huerta Vieja, the "Nuns' Meadow", or climb up to the viewing-point at the Hermitage of San Roque.

What To Do?
Walking route across La Huerta Vieja, "El Golgo" and "El Pilarico". Route along the banks of the River Segura, which features information boards and areas for fishing and bird-watching.

Things to Buy and Eat?
Murcian rice, roast lamb and bread baked in wood-fired ovens. Palm leaf brooms.
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