The region of Murcia is a true paradise for those who look for an active holiday, with an incredible diversity of trails, routes, ravines, and natural parks, completed by a network of holiday accommodations either on the coast or in the countryside.
During the cooler months, the region maintains temperatures that allow for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, dry canyoning and rock climbing. In the summer season the possibilities are endless, with rafting, para-gliding, or bungee-jumping.
The gorge between Cieza and Calasparra, the Almadenes Canyon, covers an area of 116 hectares and a length of 11 km in the upper part of the Segura River, being a paradise for active tourism. The canyon that has been formed over millions of years, offers a landscape of great beauty, with vertical walls of over a 100 meters in height, which attracts many nature and archaeology lovers.
Canyoning this ravine is spectacular, with several rappels, various jumps and descents, while you enjoy scenic views along the way.
Buitre Aventuras is one of the certified companies that will guide you safely when you descend into this beautiful canyon. Prices start at € 40 per person.
Where: Meeting point is in Cieza
Information & reservations: Buitre Aventuras
Contact: +34 675370736
The magnificent natural park Sierra Espuña has a rich history that dates back to 40.000BC. The Sierra encompasses thick forests, arid steppes and high mountain areas up to 1.500 meters that guarantee great opportunities for active tourism such as hiking, paragliding, cycling and climbing.
The Barranco Salto del Ciervo, situated in the northwest part of the park, offers the possibility to experience dry canyoning during most of the year. To descend this canyon you will be walking and abseiling up to 25 meters, jumping, and climbing the via ferrata section on the route.
Charate is one of the certified companies that will guide you safely along this descent that is classified as difficult. Prices start at € 30 per person.
Information and reservations: Nattule
Where: meeting point in Molino de Segura
Calasparra, approximately 50 minutes northwest from Murcia, is the place to be for rafting, with 4 rivers crossing its territory. It is an area of great ecological value with inaccessible ravines, forests, exuberant vegetation, a variety of wildlife such as freshwater turtles, beavers, kingfishers and golden eagles, and you will see prehistoric and Roman sites spread throughout the canyon and on the riverbanks.
Qalat Naturaleza y Aventura organizes routes in rafts and kayaks for all levels and ages. The most challenging and longest descent is 18 kilometers long, with a stop along the way to visit a cave with prehistoric paintings and time for a refreshing dip in the river.
This route takes approximately 4 hours and prices start around €20 per person.
Information and reservations: Qalat
Contact: tel. +34 968 723 000
Among many cycling routes in Murcia, you will find two International Mountain Bicycling Association, (IMBA), mountain bike trails along the Murcian coast in Mazzarón, south of Cartagena. They offer great slopes and exciting paths that run parallel the spectacular coastline. One is the Calas Route with a length of nearly 50 km and the other, Route of the Partridge, is slightly shorter with 45 km. Both have a mountain biking center and are classified as ‘medium’.
Information: Visita Mazarron
For the mountain bike enthusiasts who like a real challenge, there is the 146 km long Espubike Tour through Natural Park Sierra Espuña, consisting of 4 sections. It is possible to follow just one of the sections, but if you would like to get the Espubike Challenge jersey, then you should register and get a passport that will be stamped at each of the checkpoints. The whole tour includes 4.300 meters of climbing, so for this tour you need stamina!
The organization rents out professional bikes with or without GPS, runs a technical service and even brings your luggage to your next accommodation along the route, if you would like. Along the route is a network of accommodations that you can book for your trip. The registration price is €40.
Information and sign up: Espubike
Contact: +34 649 448 690
Where: Start and arrival at the campsite in El Berro
For the Experienced
The Barranco del Ciervo near Casas Nuevas in the northwest of the Sierra Espuña is equipped with a via ferrata of medium-high difficulty for the more adventurous tourist. The ferrata includes two zip-lines, called tirolinas, over the ravine, and a rappel of 30 meters down along the cliffs that definitely will raise the adrenaline levels of the participants.
Certified professionals will accompany you at all times to secure your safety. This route will take 4 – 5 hours and the prices start at €40 per person.
Information and reservations: Buitre Aventuras via Ferrata
Contact: +34 675 370 736
Where: Casas Nuevas
For the not so experienced there is the opportunity to learn to climb accompanied by licensed instructors in Alumbres, 5 km north from Cartagena and nearer the coast. This easy via ferrata is named after the mountaintop where it is located, Cabezo de la Porpuz, with a height of 306 meters. From the top, you will have spectacular views over the coastline to La Manga and Cartagena.
This route will take approximately 4 hours and prices start at €25 p.p.
Information and reservation: Yumping
Contact: +34 917 907 909
Where: near Alumbres
If you are looking for a quick adrenaline rush, then bungee jumping is the experience that you are looking for. There is a bridge near Totana, just under the Sierra Espuña, where you can make a jump of 40 meters into the void.
Professional instructors will make sure you are geared up safely. The only thing you will have to do is to jump. They use a pendulum system that does not pull, so it is safer than a jump with an elastic cord. Price for 2 jumps is €49 per person.
Information and reservation: Yumping
Contact: tel. +34 917 907 909
Tandem paragliding is an amazing experience for adventure and adrenaline lovers. If you have ever wanted to fly like a bird then this is a fun, relaxing and safe way to do it. Tandem flights with English- speaking expert instructors are offered near Murcia or Lorca, depending on the weather conditions.
There is the possibility to choose between an introductory flight of 20 minutes, an acrobatic paragliding flight of 30 minutes for the extreme sports lovers or a full hour landscape flight. Prices are respectively, €70, €100 or €140 per person. It is recommended to book 1 or 2 days in advance.
Where: Meeting point needs to be arranged by booking
Information and reservation: Sunbonoo
Contact: tel. +34 871 575 674