Arrival in Murcia. One night accommodation in 4* hotel.
The first ride will allow you to reach Mula by the greenway. First through the orchards around Murcia and along the Segura river. After passed by some interesting heritage sites you will reach the greenway in direction to Mula. The sceneries change : from the green orchards you will pass to the dry and desertic badlands between Molina de Segura and Albudeite. Arriving at Mula, the scenery change again with the vision of oranges, peaches and apricot trees. One night accommodation in a rural inn.
- 54 km. 5h on bike. Difficulty: Medium. Murcia-Molina de Segura-Albudeite-Mula.
Our second day by bike will be in the Orchard of Mula to the town in Pliego. Going through Calle del Agua (Water’s street) and going up the castle will be the high points during this stage among bitter oranges, flowering almond trees and millenary irrigations ditches. One night accommodation in a rural inn.
- 31 km. 3h30 on bike. Difficulty: Medium. Mula-Pliego-Mula
During this stage, you keep following the Pilgrim's Greenway, La Vía Verde del Noroeste, from Mula to Caravaca, making a stop in Cehegín to visit its old quarter. To way out from Bullas, you have to follow the same indications than last stage to reach the Vía Verde del Noroeste. Once on the old railway, you will ride straight on the Vía Verde until Cehegín. In Cehegín, you will make a detour to climb to the old quarter and discover the village (Stop at the Tourism Office for a map). Before continue towards Caravaca, you will ride through the Argos river meadow, surrounded by carnations and olive fields. After returning to the Vía Verde del Noroeste, you will finally reach the city of Caravaca de la Cruz, end of your stage. Night at a 4* Hotel.
- 45km. 5h on bike. Difficulty: Low. Mula-Bullas-Cehegín-Caravaca de la Cruz. Optional loop Argos river valley : +16 km.
The sixth day from Caravaca to Moratalla will lead you through typicall mediterranean sceneries: Following the Ruta Verde route, you will cross a wide area of olive trees and almond rees to reach the medieval village of Moratalla. After visiting its old quarter (Castle, churches) you will return to Caravaca by quiet local roads.
During this stage, you will discover the natural and cultural richness of the surroudings of Caravaca. Between irrigation ditches and elm groves, the route will take you from fountain to fountain, passing by Roman and Christian sanctuaries and unique places where Paleolithic, Argáric, Iberian, Roman and Medieval settlement traces coexist. Going out of the city of Caravaca by local roads, you will reach the Itinerario Ecoturístico Archivel-La Encarnación, a marked way that will guide you through rural villages and fields. From La Encarnación, you will go back to Caravaca following a GR red/white marked way. One nightt accommodation in a rural inn.
- 49 km. 5h by bike. Difficulty: Medium. Caravaca de la Cruz-Archivel-La Encarnación-Caravaca de la Cruz
- Departure to your hometown.
Add one day more with a round ride in Murcia:
Round tour through the orchards of Murcia, following centenary ditches, discovering old mills and nice heritage. The first part of the tour is perfect for discovering the baroque old quarter of Murcia, witness of the richness of this mediterranean city. After riding through the orchards, you will reach the iconic sanctuary of the Virgin of La Fuensanta, one of the best viewpoint over the valley. Murcia-Murcia. 35km.