If you are a lover of nature and escapes where you can completely forget about routine while breathing fresh air and practicing outdoor sports, it is clear which should be your next destination: the region of Murcia. You will find many options to activate. A highly recommended place for this is the Sierra Espunha Regional Park, the first protected natural area in this region approved by the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, CETS. It belongs to the municipalities of Aledo, Alhama, Librilla, Mula, Pliego and Totana; and concentrates the largest wood mass in the region of Murcia.
Sierra Espuña is nature, sports, culture, gastronomy and the most diverse experiences. Discover the ones you can’t miss.
experiences in motion
The natural setting of the Sierra Espuña offers its visitors endless opportunities to get active: cycling routes, hiking, climbing or caves for different levels. Options for the more daring and for those who practice this type of activity for the first time.
Take your bike and discover a route specially designed for you to enjoy all the natural resources of the Sierra Espuña, its cultural and tourist values, the towns it covers and the recreational areas located in the park. Do you dare with Espubike and Espuroad?
Choose between different tourist itineraries or educational and interpretive itineraries where you will be accompanied by a team of professionals. You will be able to discover amazing natural landscapes while walking through an incredible natural environment.
– A network of paths
The Sierra Espuña Regional Park has 11 marked trails included in the network of trails of the Region of Murcia, which make it possible to explore the most interesting enclaves and environments of this protected area.
– Green roads
It is also possible to enter the Sierra Espuña Regional Park through the hundreds of kilometers that the Murcia region’s greenways have. More specifically, the Sierra Espuña can be accessed via the northwest route or the Mazarrón route. These routes are prepared for users on foot or by bike and are a great way to have a good time outdoors on comfortable paths.
– Other paths
In addition to those belonging to the network of nature trails of the Region of Murcia, there are other marked and approved trails in the territory of the Sierra Espúña, such as Waterway, which passes through five of the six municipalities through the paths of the Taibilla Canal; or the ecotourism route of The Way of Timewhich examines the history and nature of the surroundings of the town of Mula, as well as the pilgrimage through the tourist route of La Santa.
One of the most sought-after activities in the Sierra Espuña is climbing, the practice of which enhances an intimate relationship with nature. This space has magical settings like the limestone wall of Steni Leyva, with a length of over 3 kilometers and between 100 and 150 meters of unevenness; the knives of The forest; or the impressive plateau of Grinding, at 1554 meters. Another modality that can be practiced is the via ferrata, which allows a vertical route with the constant security of a lifeline (steel rope) and the help of steps and handholds facilitating the ascent.
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In Sierra Espuña you can find proposals to enjoy a “slow” experience through itineraries that explore history and visit the most impressive castles and monuments in the area, as well as the most emblematic spiritual points. There is also the opportunity to relax in the thermal waters of Baños de Mula.
– ECHO Festival
Discover the International Festival of Early Music Sierra Espuña: concerts, nature, heritage, children’s activities and tourist experiences around music. This year will be the sixth edition and will take place on the weekends between August 26 and September 11.
– Baths of Mullah
Did you know that the thermal tradition in the Sierra Espuña region has been going on for more than 2,000 years? Stand out are Los Baños de Mula, whose hot springs date back to Roman times. It is currently possible to enjoy its thermal waters thanks to three establishments: El Intendente, El Pozo and El Delfín.
– Bird watching
Sierra Espunya is the “hideout” of the Golden Eagle and is available all year round. You will be able to take amazing photos with a panoramic view of the area. In addition, you will be able to observe birds such as crossbill, mountain bunting or blackbird, etc.
Experiences to experience the past
Sierra Espuña and its surroundings have an important trace of the cultures that inhabited them in the past. An imprint that is reflected in its prehistoric sites, in the streets of its municipalities, in its walls, churches and castles. Also in the mountains, as is the case with the Pozos de la Nieve, old refrigerators located at 1,300 meters above sea level, whose origins date back to the 16th century.
It is one of the main focuses of religious tourism in the Murcia region. The Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia in Totana or the Real Monasterio de la Encarnación de Mula, where Santa Espina is kept, are must-stops.
Experiences for the whole family
The little ones will also have a great time in Sierra Espuña with a backpack of activities and different itineraries so they can have experiences tailored to their needs.
What are you waiting for to discover this wonderful natural enclave? The Sierra Espuña Regional Park awaits you. And of course, don’t forget that the region of Murcia is known as “the region of 1001 flavors”. Take advantage of the escape to try the most typical snacks of the area. You will love it!
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