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Murcia Region

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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MOUNTAIN OF ASHES 
From the viewpoint of Monte de Cenizas, you can see some stunning views of Mar Menor, the Mediterranean Seaand 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.

CAÑAVEROSA 
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.

CALBLANQUE 
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 
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.

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SIERRA ESPUÑA 
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.

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RIVER CHICAMO 
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.

BOLNUEVO EROSIONS 
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.

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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.

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Information courtesy of Murcia Turistica

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