One of the most popular reasons for buying that dream villa in Costa Calida is for the outdoor living which makes such an improvement to your quality of life. While the Camino de Santiago in the North of Spain is the most famous of Spain’s longer routes, the winter is probably not the best time of year to hike it. Fortunately, for those of you who enjoy walking, there are also plenty of opportunities more local to Murcia. This time of year is ideal as it is usually dry and sunny and not too hot.
Murcia offers some breathtaking landscapes whether you want to hike along a mountain trail or find a wilder clifftop path. There are some great regional and national parks to explore. Yet Murcia’s landscape is diverse enough that you can easily find a flatter, gentler trail either inland or on the coast. There is a huge variety of fauna and flora to enjoy, especially for the birdwatchers, as Murcia has such a variety of different habitats. There is also often a Venta nearby where you can try out the local refreshments.
Leaflets with descriptions of local walks can be found in various Town Halls (Ayuntamientos) and visitor centers in both the regional and national parks, such as El Valle and Sierra Espuña. The leaflets show maps of the paths (Senderos) that have been officially adopted. Many of the local walkers and hikers will post their routes on apps such as Wikiloc which will help you discover the area.
What to look out for
Official routes are classified according to their length and fall into three categories. Grandes Recorridos GR (long; over 50 km) are marked by red and white stripes. Pequeños Recorridos PR (under 50 km) are marked by yellow and white stripes. Senderos Locales SL (usually under 10 km) are marked in green and white stripes. Many Town Halls will have their own paths and will mark them in a range and combination of colors.
The route signs can be almost anywhere; on trees, on rocks, and on buildings. So you need to keep your eyes open. You are also likely to find cairns of stone from other walkers marking their routes.
Some ideas to get you started
Try some of the Sendero Mediterraneo, or GR 92, which follows the whole of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. In the Region of Murcia, it heads from El Mojón on the border with Alicante province to Cuatro Calas where it enters Andalucia.
The Vía Verde del Noroeste which is a converted railway line running the 77 km from Murcia to Caravaca de la Cruz.
For a shorter walk of an hour to a fuller day head to El Valle where the Visitors Center can provide you with a map and recommendations. The views of the City of Murcia on the one side are amazing while on the other side there are stunning views of the Mar Menor.
Or walk along the beautiful coast in the Regional Park of Calblanque with its wonderful beaches and salt lake.
So put your best foot forward
Whatever your level of fitness there are thousands of places to walk in and around Murcia. Time to find your Dream Casa and get exploring the beautiful region of Murcia!