Route 2: CENTRAL COASTAL MOUNTAINS

CLIFFS, LONELY COVES, IBERIAN-AFRICAN SPECIES, BIRDS OF PREY, VIEWS OF THE MEDITERRANEA

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ITINERARY AND LOCATION:

Coastal Mountain Range. Municipality of Cartagena (Murcia). 20 min. away from Cartagena; 1h. away from Murcia; 45 min. from the Mar Menor  or Mazarrón.

Difficulty: Low-medium

Duration: optional, half a day (5h.) or full day (8 h.)

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

© Giancarlo Dessí

FLORA:

Typical Mediterranean shrubs consisting of  jara, rosemary, lavender, thyme and esparto grass, with endemic and Iberia-African species such as  araar (cypress of Cartagena), cornical, azufaifo, European fan palm, aulaga and thorny bushes like aliaga o espino negro. We can also find orchids like Ophris speculum. The nearly only existing tree species that form the forests is the pine.

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FAUNA:

Common Chameleon, Wild Boar, Common Genet, Red Fox, Peregrine, Bonelli’s Eagle, Eagle Owl, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Long-tailed Tit, Rufous Bush Robin, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Crested Lark, Little Owl,  Green Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Woodchat Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodpigeon, Yellow-legged Gull, Crag Martin…

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DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE:

One of the most important natural areas of the Iberian Southeast and very near Cartagena (which can be very well seen from that area), this route will take us through the central part of the coastal mountain ranges of the Region of Murcia and will offer us the possibility of getting to know the main characteristics of the semi-desert climate of this part of Spain. Sheer views over the Mediterranean which can be enjoyed from the rugged slopes facing the Mediterranean Sea. Hidden and lonely coves with transparent water. The flora of the area consists of aromatic bushes (romeros, tomillares, lavandas), endemic and Iberian-African plants like cornical, azufaifo or cypress of Cartagena as well as the characteristic pine forests. Birds of prey on flight ,like peregrins, Bonelli´s Eagle. The elusive chameleon, camouflaged among the branches of the pine forests; an the possibility of visiting the defensive fortress abandoned in the beginning of the 20th century and which allows a wide view of the whole coast from the top of the mountain. There exists also the possibility to visit some of the solitary coves and swim in the waters of the Mediterranean.

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