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Murica: Route of Castles and Sanctuaries

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  • 8 days, 7 nights, 6 stages
  • Level 1/3 - Available All Year
  • Lorca (Murcia) to Cieza (Murcia)
  • Daily Luggage Transfer Included
  • 8 days, 7 nights, 6 stages
  • Level 1/3 - Available All Year
  • Lorca (Murcia) to Cieza (Murcia)
  • Daily Luggage Transfer Included
  • Mountain or Hybrid BikeThe route is almost entirely on a greenway (gravel track).
  • Self-guided. Travel at your own pace and at your own rhythm. We will give you everything you need to pedal from one lodging to the next with ease.

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Details of the Route of the castles and sanctuaries bike trip

The route of the castles and sanctuaries runs through the Region of Murcia by bike. The idea is to visit some of the most unknown places in Spain. You will cycle between mountains and valleys, visiting castles and sanctuaries and sun-drenched villages.

This is a tour through medieval towns and villages where Iberians, Romans and Muslims passed through and where castles and sanctuaries of the time are still preserved.

Cycling in this region, you will have time to visit the beautiful old towns of several cities, from Lorca and its Fortress of the sun, Velez Blanco and its medieval castle, the holy city of Caravaca to the sanctuaries and Moorish shelters.

Without losing the nature that surrounds this route of castles and sanctuaries by bike, you will cycle along paths, ravines, local roads, valleys, wooded hills, mountain ranges, reservoirs, irrigation ditches, pedaling along the Segura River or along the Northeast Greenway, which will make more pleasant and impressive the tour of Murcia by bike.

Day 1: Arrival at Lorca

It will be time to relax, get to the hotel and enjoy Lorca and its beautiful old town.

Day 2: Lorca – Velez Blanco 45km

From Lorca we will depart to Velez Blanco. Previously we will visit the historic center and the Fortress of the Sun, it will serve us to know better the history of the medieval territory. Cycling towards Vélez Blanco we will be accompanied by a landscape of flanked valleys and wooded hills. Before finishing the stage we will visit the Castle of Xiquena, of Muslim origins from the 13th century and declared of Cultural Interest.

Day 3: Velez Blanco – Caravaca 74-94km

Today, we will leave the Andalusian mountains and enter the vast plains and hills, pedaling along ravines and roads that will lead us to Caravaca.

Caravaca is the sixth Holy City of Christendom, with its beautiful basilica – Sanctuary of the Vera Cruz.

Day 4: Caravaca 49km

This stage will go through the surroundings of Caravaca. Passing through Archivel which has a great archaeological heritage, the Cerro de la Fuente. Then you will pass through La Encarnación, seeing its impressive ancient sites of the Iberian and Roman civilizations.

You will go along quiet roads surrounded by irrigation ditches, wetlands, cypresses, in short, a rural landscape with crops.

Day 5: Caravaca – Calasparra 49km

You will cycle along the Northeast Greenway to Calasparra, passing through Moratalla. There you can see the remains of the castle and the Torre del Homenaje, as well as the remains of the civilizations that passed through Moratalla. And the beautiful old town. We will continue the route along roads between olive and almond trees.

Day 6: Calasparra – Cieza 50km

First of all, a visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Esperanza, patron saint of Calasparra, declared a Site of Geological Interest, will be an obligatory stop. Afterwards, we will cycle to Cieza through roads full of abundant vegetation; poplars, elms, willows… reservoirs and mountain range landscapes.

Day 7: Cieza 52km

The last stage will be through Cieza, whose Paleolithic and Neolithic sites are unique and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You can visit the entrance of the Ricote Valley, former refuge of the Moors, cycling along the Segura River. Enjoying nature with gorges, banks and a valley with a lot of history.

Day 8: End of the trip. 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations (1 piece of luggage / Pax)
  • Tracks in digital format and GPS
  • Documentation and road book of the trip
  • Compulsory insurance
  • 2 dinners (days 3 and 4)
  • Telephone assistance 09:00 – 18:00 

 

Optional services not included:

  • Round trip transportation to Lorca or from Cieza.
  • Accompanying guide (consult)
  • Extra nights in hotel (consult)
  • Rental of traditional or electric bicycle (consult)
  • Lunches and dinners not indicated
  • Entrance fees and visits to monuments and museums

What is it like to do the Route of the castles and sanctuaries bike trip

The cycling route through the castles and shrines, is a tour full of culture and history of medieval times in a place where multiple civilizations have left their mark.

You will also enjoy nature with lush forests, roads between olive and almond trees, overwhelming landscapes.  You will pedal through sections of the Northeast Greenway and along the banks of the Segura River. A great experience to get to know the Region of Murcia by bike.

  • Cultural and historical heritage very varied
  • Castles and Sanctuaries (Fortress of Xiquena, Fortress of the Sun…)
  • Immensity of the plains of Caravaca
  • Greenway of the Northeast
  • Riverside of the Segura River

The accommodations of this trip have been selected for their quality and location. Always valuing the comfort when arriving with the bicycle and inspected by our team. They are 4 star hotels or rural tourism establishments, in shared double rooms.

I am only one person, can I still book?

Yes, you can book as a single traveler.

Is it possible to rent a bike?

Yes, this trip can be done with either your bike or ours. You can choose it during the booking process, hybrid or electric mountain bikes are available.

Is the daily luggage transfer between accommodations included?

Yes, every day we will take your luggage to the next hotel. You only have to leave it at the reception desk, and we will take care of everything. Normally it will already be at the hotel when you arrive.

Is it possible to cancel?

We want to be as flexible as possible. Therefore, in case of unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to change the dates of the trip free of charge so that you can travel within the same year, as long as you let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.

And if your plans change and you want to cancel the trip before the start date, the following handling fees will apply:

– with more than 30 days, the management fees will be 20% of the amount of the trip.

– between 30 and 15 days, the handling fee will be 50% of the amount of the trip.

– with less than 14 days, the amount to be paid will be 100% of the amount of the trip.

In order to have more flexibility, we recommend taking out travel, assistance, CR and cancellation insurance. Check with us the conditions. Please note that the price of the insurance is not refunded once contracted in case of cancellation or modification.

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