Saturday, May 28

Walks for the curious and lovers of the environment

The panoramic view of the district of Yéchar, the Estacio bridge, in La Manga del Mar Menor, almond trees in bloom in Tallante (Cartagena) and the El Pasico mill in Torre Pacheco.

Five activities in the Region of Murcia with which to go back to the past, delve into traditions and discover corners of the territory that sometimes go unnoticed

Natalie Benito

There are places that are crowded with tourists and seem to be known by everyone, yet few really know their history. Other territories are not part of the recommended visits, but they have more to offer than one can imagine. There are also museums that go more unnoticed than others and well-known natural spaces that are not given the attention they deserve due to their diversity and values. To explore curious corners of the regional geography during a morning and discover other tourist veins, we propose five activities for this weekend.

1. The first almond blossoms of the season

Although there are still a few weeks for a large part of the almond fields in the Region of Murcia to flower, a preview can already be found in the surroundings of Cabezo Negro de Tallante. A landscape that always leaves impressive prints. The Fotosenderos association invites you to discover the beauty of this natural process in the company of photography enthusiasts. Under the title ‘Journey to the past’, the association has prepared a route that will begin this Saturday at 9:30 am with a first stop at the Ethnographic Museum of Cartagena. “The museum is a treasure that goes unnoticed, a perfect space to remember our childhood and recall experiences from other stages of life,” says Cristóbal Mendoza, coordinator of the route, who mentions the old bicycles, the threshing machine (“on which I’d get in gear and then throw myself on the straw of the threshing floor”), the scale of the grocery store or the basin. Items that are now museum relics. A way to go back in time and blend in with the country world to later enjoy in detail and without haste – “an excursion with photography lovers is always leisurely” – of this gift of nature in the form of whitish flowers.

Almond trees in bloom in Tallante (Cartagena). /

Christopher Mendoza

2. The most curious details of the history of La Manga

Did you know that La Manga del Mar Menor centuries ago was a forest? Do you know the species of plants, some extinct, that made up the territory? Can you imagine wild boars roaming freely through this tongue of land? Do you know in detail the project of Tomás Maestre on La Manga? To answer these and many more questions, the Department of Tourism of San Javier proposes the cultural visit ‘The Origin of the Mar Menor’, a didactic way of getting to know a popular territory for its tourist character and at the same time so unknown in its historical aspects. A free route is proposed -subject to prior reservation at this Saturday, at 12:30. A 5 km walk that will take visitors to the Puente del Estacio and continue to the lighthouse, an element with a long history. The formation of Isla del Ciervo and Isla Grosa and the reason for their names will also be known. In addition, there will be a stop to observe the cistern that provided water service to the lighthouse keepers and their families. On the way back to the port, the house of the creator of tourism in La Manga, Tomás Maestre, and the opening of the Puente del Estacio will be seen.

Estacio Bridge, in La Manga del Mar Menor. /

Javier Carrion / AGM

3. A morning of contribution to the environment

The SOS Human Legacy Foundation continues to carry out actions with the aim of stopping the deterioration of the environment. For this Saturday, he proposes an ideal activity to do with the family, a day of reforestation in the Cresta del Gallo. Specifically, along the path that is assigned by the Carrascoy Valley Regional Park. This is the third day of these characteristics that the organization has carried out on the PR-MU 50 trail from Cresta del Gallo through Los Lages. An action in which, in addition to reforestation, adaptation and conditioning tasks will also be carried out, in addition to the collection of garbage that could be found. For this free activity, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., prior registration is required on the website

Reforestation activity of the Cresta del Gallo trail. /

SOS Human Legacy

4. Tradition and devotion in Torre Pacheco

The El Pasico Mill is the most popular cereal mill in Torre Pacheco. A construction that dates back to 1844 and which the municipality’s Department of Tourism encourages visitors to discover this Saturday, starting at 10:00 am, in a dramatized visit. Visitors will be able to enter the interior of the mill, touring its three floors or chambers and learning firsthand how it works, since its mechanism still allows it to perform its function. The mill is located, specifically, in the district of La Hortichuela, which is part of the Campo de Cartagena region. Very close to it is the hermitage of El Pasico, which will also be reached on this visit. It is a rustic construction that has a curious tradition linked to carnations.

El Pasico Mill, in Torre Pacheco. /

Tourism Torre Pacheco

5. Prehistoric remains in Yéchar (Mula)

About 7 km from the town of Mula and 2 km from the natural pools of Fuente Caputa, is a small district, Yéchar. To learn a little more about this territory, Turismo de Mula offers a free one-hour guided tour this Sunday at 12 noon. This time will be the right time to take a walk through its streets, learn about the history of the ‘lavaor’, the old laundry room and the Casa de la Tercia, linked to the Order of Santiago. In addition, details will be given about the Coat of Justo, a site declared a Site of Cultural Interest located 40 meters high, on the walls of the Cejo Cortado, which houses more than twenty pictorial figures of prehistoric rock art.

Panoramic view of the district of Yéchar, in Mula. /

Mule Tourism

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