Route 3. THE WILD COAST

THE WILD COAST, BREATHTAKING VIEWS, CLIFFS, ENDEMIC PLANTS; IBERIAN-AFRICAN PLANTS, PEREGRINS AND BONELLI´S EAGLES

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ITINERARY AND LOCATION:

Coastal mountain range. Municipality of Cartagena (Murcia).

30 min. away from Cartagena; 1 h.and 15 min. away from Murcia; 1 h. from the Mar Menor; 30 min. from Mazarrón.

Difficulty: low.  Duration: half a day (5 h.); full day (8h.)

Seasonality: Throughout the year (in summer only half a day).

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FLORA:

The botanical interest of this route lies in the presence of endemic plant species exclusive of the area of Murcia and Almería and Iberia-African species such as the European fan palm (Palmito), Cornical, Vara de San José, Caralluma or Arto; and in the typical Mediterranean shrubs like Tomillo (Thyme), Romero (Rosemary), Lavanda (Lavander), Albaida, Aliaga, Bolaga, Espinio negro, Lentisco, Retama, Acebuche o Baladre. The existing forests consist exclusively of pines.

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FAUNA:

Peregrine, Bonelli’s Eagle, Eagle Owl, Sardinian and Dartford Warbler, Black Wheatear and Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Serin, Cormorant, Gannet, Yellow-legged Gull. Small herds of muflón de Córcega, introduced in these mountains by humans, are the biggest representatives of the mammalian fauna in the area.

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DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE:

This route goes along the central coast of the Region of Murcia, which is part of the Béticas Mountain Range. It is a rough and very beautiful stretch of land, made up of limestone and dolomites, a succession of small harbours, coves, cliffs and wild beaches with limpid and transparent water. It is the nesting area of big birds of prey like Golden and Bonelli´s eagles or the Eagle Owl and also has an important colony of peregrines. There are good lookouts  from where we can observe birds on their migratory routes. Sunsets in this area are sometimes spectacular, which we can enjoy from the different observation points.

Optionally, we can finish the excursion visiting several protected buildings with historical and cultural value like coastal watchtowers or military fortresses of amazing architecture.