Characterised by the extensive vineyards that unfurl before the eyes of visitors, the
North-East encompasses the Jumilla and Yecla designated origin wine-growing
areas, where some of the Region of Murcia’s best wines are produced.
In addition to sampling fine wines, this area offers much else for the visitor. One
interesting option is to discover its numerous Bronze Age, Roman and Mediaeval
archaeological sites, as well as some unusual relics from the Iberian era. The
Balneario Leana thermal mineral spa in Fortuna is a prime attraction for those
seeking rest, relaxation and the benefits of its thermal baths. The Sierra del Carche
mountain range provides the perfect setting for a variety of sports and outdoor
In the north of the area is the Murcian Altiplano, a high plateau partly in the
district of Jumilla and partly in Yecla. The former, a town which currently has a
population of over 25,000, has taken advantage of its wine-making tradition and
has created its own ‘Wine Route’, an initiative that introduces visitors to the
processes of wine-making. The neighbouring district of Yecla, which sits beneath
the emblematic Mount Arabí, also has its own Designation of Origin. Further south,
beneath the Altiplano, Abanilla’s Moors and Christians Festival and the Roman baths
in Fortuna are further attractions for visitors in this beautiful inland area of the
Region of Murcia.
This area in the south-west of the Region of Murcia has everything a visitor could
possibly ask for when it comes to enjoying outdoor pursuits, with hills and
countryside that are ideal for walking, horse riding or cycling.
The city of Lorca is the starting point for any visit to the Alto Guadalentín area.
Declared of Historical and Artistic Interest in 1964, the city has a fascinating old
town where traces of its Moorish legacy are still apparent in its maze of narrow,
winding streets. Visitors will quickly recognise that Lorca is a Baroque city, as they
discover its 17th and 18th century religious and secular buildings, such as the
Guevara Palace, the former Collegiate Church of San Patricio, the Plaza de España,
the Granary, the façade of the Town Hall or the Corregidor’s House. Another of the
city’s most important attractions is the Fortress of the Sun, a mediaeval castle that
has been converted into a theme attraction where exhibitions and outdoor activities
Puerto Lumbreras is another of the towns in the Alto Guadalentín district. Home
to a Parador hotel, it is best known for its interesting archaeological sites, its 12th
century Arabic castle and the cave dwellings found around the Cerro del Castelar
The North-West is a land of contrasts. Wide, barren plains coexist alongside
vineyards, fields of cereals and rice and mountainous areas such as the
Revolcadores massif, the highest in the Region of Murcia at over 2,000m.
It is home to Cehegín, a town with a remarkable wealth of heritage, including the
ancient Roman-Visigothic settlement of Begastri, the most important site of its
kind in Spain. Further south, Bullas is the birthplace of some excellent designated
origin wines, whilst Calasparra is famous for its rice, which also boasts its own
designation of origin.
It is in this area that the River Segura is at its liveliest, which has led to the
formation of such remarkable features as the Cañón del Almadenes gorge, a unique
setting for sports such as river rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Moratalla, with its
intricate old quarter full of mystery, is another of the area’s towns. Here visitors
can also discover the Region of Murcia’s legacy of World Heritage listed cave
paintings at the ‘Casa de Cristo’ Rock Art Interpretation Centre.
The Holy City of Caravaca de la Cruz is the religious heart of the Region of
Murcia and the most important town in the North-West. In 1998, Caravaca was
granted a Permanent Holy Jubilee Year, which is held every seven years and
guarantees Plenary Indulgence to all those who visit.
Otherwise, the geography of the North-West, with its location in a mountainous
inland area far from the traditional transport hubs, means that the area is well
forested and that visitors can enjoy the countryside with options such as the Vía
Verde or Green Route, a 48-km trail that runs along the route of the old railway
line linking Mula with Caravaca de la Cruz.
ACCOMMODATION IN THE INTERIOR OF THE REGION
TYPE NUMBER BEDS
Hotels 80 3.637
Apartments 191 645
Camp sites 8 1.939
Cottages 480 3.102
Total 759 9.323