Cycling the Vía Verde del Noroeste and Ricote valley. Murcia. Spain
The last spanish Moriscos.
The Region of Murcia has been a terrotiry rich in Cultures and History. The Comarca del Noroeste and the Ricote valley are two perfect cycling destinations to find out some of the most important historical and cultural traces of the mediterranean sea.
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Cycling Style Holiday TypeOn Road, Touring
Activity Level Moderate
Self-guided Cycling Tour
Departure days: Everyday
Duration: 7 days – 6 nights
The last moorish of the Ricote valley, the trace of the House of Los Vélez and its marquessate or the signification of the Holy Cross of Caravaca de la Cruz. From the milanery orchards of Murcia, the Vía Verde del Noroeste (cycle lane) will lead you into the most rural and forestry part of the Region of Murcia. The fortress of Mula, the vineyards of Bullas or the Holy Cross Sanctuary of Caravaca are some of the milestones who mark the first part of your trip. During the second part, you will cycle the Ricote valley, from the head city of Cieza, finding out sceneries with air of Palestine. The Segura river will be your companion until Murcia.
- The green orchards of Murcia
- The old quarter of Mula with its churches and monastries
- The peacefull on the Vía Verde
- The vineyards of Bullas, typical of the Mediterranean landscapes
- The inmensity of the Llanos del Cagitan flatland
- The impresive holy Cross Sanctuary of Caravaca de la Cruz
- The narrow valley of Ricote
- Documentation and maps of the trip
- Accommodation for seven or eight nights at inns and 4* hotels with breakfast
- Luggage transfer between your accommodations
- Bike rental (optional)
- The price of tickets and visits to monuments
- Lunches and dinners
Arrival in Murcia.
Night in Hotel 4*.
From Murcia to Mula through the badlands. 54km. Difficulty: Easy.
Cycling the Orchards of the Region of Murcia: From Murcia to Mula through the badlands. The first stage will allow you to reach Mula by the greenway. First through the orchards around Murcia and along the Segura river. After passed by some interesting heritage sites you will reach the greenway in direction to Mula. The sceneries change : from the green orchards you will pass to the dry and desertic badlands between Molina de Segura and Albudeite. Arriving at Mula, the scenery change again with the vision of oranges, peaches and apricot trees. Night in Charming Inn.
Mula to Caravaca, via the greenway Vía del Noroeste. 44km. Difficulty: Moderate
During this stage, you will follow again the Pilgrim’s Greenway, La Vía Verde del Noroeste, from Mula to Caravaca, making a stop in Cehegín to visit its old quarter. You will be riding one of the more interesting part of the greenway Vía Verde del Noroeste. Through fields and pine forest, the old railway cross tunels and bridges to enter progressively in the mountainous area of the Northwest county of the Region of Murcia. In Cehegín, you will make a detour to climb to the old quarter and discover the village. After returning to the Vía Verde del Noroeste, you will finally reach the city of Caravaca de la Cruz. The end o the stage will carry you by local roads until the awesome place where the hotel is, at the bottom of the valley of the river Argos. Night in Charming Inn.
Caravaca to Calasparra via Moratalla and Valentín. 45km Difficulty: Moderate.
Cap to the Segura river and its green valley. The village of Moratalla, with its nice old quarter will be your first stop. The views from the church square are awesome. To reach Calasparra you need then to cross large olive trees fields until the valley of the Argos river, the same you crossed the day before. When you arrive in Calasparra, we recommend the visit of the castle to enjoy the nice views on the Argos and Segura rivers valleys. Night in Rural Inn.
Calasparra to Cieza via the Alfonso XIII reservoir. 46km Difficulty: Easy.
Headed to the Segura River: Calasparra to Cieza via the Alfonso XIII reservoir. Distance: 46km Difficulty: Easy. Bye-bye dry landscapes, you are going to change of sceneries with the discovering of the Segura river. Firstable, the Sanctuary of the Virgin de la Esperanza and its surroundings is a very nice beginning for your ride. Reach again Calasparra before riding towards the Alfonso XIII reservoir. A last climb and you go down until the Segura rvier valley, following the river banks, until Cieza. Night at Inn.
Through the Valle de Ricote, the last moorish valley.60 km Difficulty: Moderate.
Through the Valle de Ricote, the last moorish valley. The Ricote valley was one of the last moorish reduct at the end of the Middle Age. The valley has some airs of Palestina, with a green mix of oranges trees, peaches and apricots trees and palm trees at the bottom of the valley, and brown colour mountains surrounding the landscape. You are going to cycle from village to another one, looking for the essence of this unknown corner of Southern Spain. After Abarán, Blanca, Ójos and Ulea, Archena marks the end of the valley: the horizon is more open and the landscape turns more urban. At the end of the route you will reach again the Contraparada, the birth place of the Orchards of Murcia. Night in Hotel 4*.
End of trip
End of the tour after the breakfast.
- 1 hat or cap.
- 1 kerchief.
- T-shirts (1 for each cycling or walking day). No cotton garments, as they take a long time to dry; short-sleeved T-shirts made of breathable synthetic fabric are preferable.
- 1 long-sleeved T-shirt (follow the previous recommendation) or 1 long-sleeved shirt.
- 1 Gore-tex jacket or similar (simple and light).
- A pair of padded cycling shorts for better cycling comfort.
- A pair of long trousers for the evening.
- Underwear (preferably seamless). It is recommended to wear the cycling shorts without underwear to avoid skin abrasion.
- Socks (a pair for each or two cycling days). Breathable fabric is recommended.
- 1 swimsuit.
- A pair of comfortable multi-activity boots with regular sole to pedal and walk (avoid high boots).
- A pair of sneakers or sandals for the evening.
- This list is to be reviewed depending on the season.
- A pair of good quality sunglasses.
- 1 front light (optional).
- 1 utility knife (do not carry it in your flight hand luggage.
- 1 waterproof purse.
- 1 bathroom kit.
- 1 set of towels (we recommend fast drying towels).
- Toilet paper.
- Sunscreen and lip balm.
- Ear plugs (optional).
- 1 helmet (not compulsory, but strongly recommended).
- A pair of long cycling gloves.
- 1 map holder (optional)
- 1 water container or water rucksack (1.5l minimum)
- 1 repair kit.
- 1 lock.
- Saddle bags.
- Bicycle insurance.
- 1 Tupperware or similar hermetically sealed plastic container.
- Plastic glasses.
- Your habitual medicines.
- C Vitamin or multivitamins.
- Painkillers: preferably paracetamol.
- Elastic adhesive bandage.
- Plasters and sterile gauze pads.
- Anti-mosquito products.
- Hand sanitizer.
- 1 conventional or electric hybrid bicycle (see conditions), equipped with front suspension, rear handle bags, helmet, reflective jacket, repair kit, lock.
- Water container(s).
Required documents for renting a bicycle:
- Deposit (credit card or cash): 250€. The deposit is refunded after giving the bicycle back.
- Theft exemption: 500€ (see specific conditions).