The Calblanque area shows us the most natural and wild aspect of the Murcia coast. It is a territory where mass tourism has not yet planted its flag. Even so, in high season the beaches of the Calblanque Regional Park fill up, so everyone who visits them must be responsible and help with their behavior to conserve this ecosystem.
Calblanque Regional Park
It is a protected area of more than 2800 hectares, mostly belonging to the municipality of Cartagena. The Calblanque Regional Park can help us get an idea of what the coast of Murcia was like until not many decades ago.
This is what the landscape was like before sun and beach tourism colonized this coastline and transform the image with large hotel and apartment buildings, as is the case in neighboring Manga del Mar Menor.
That is the great value of the area, because the Regional Park of Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas y Peña (that is its full name) has become the testimony of what the Spanish Levantine coast once was. In addition, here there is a variety of landscapes that can hardly be found today.
The flora and fauna of Calblanque
In the extension of the park there are areas of pine forest, specifically Aleppo pine, to areas of mobile dunes or salt flats, passing through areas of cliffs and thickets where endangered plants live. And as trees there are not only pines, there are also carob and fig trees.
It is an ideal habitat for birds of prey such as the Bonelli’s eagle to live there, the eagle owl or the peregrine falcon. But also other waterfowl such as flamingos, seagulls and countless family species of herons. Everything, without forgetting various mammals and thousands of reptiles.
As Calblanque is a protected area, you can already imagine that Within the Regional Park there are several itineraries enabled. They are small hiking trails, and even mountain bike routes, which are not recommended to leave their layout so as not to affect all that natural life that enriches these landscapes so much.
None of the three existing routes (the Cabezo de la Fuente, the Punta Negra viewpoint or the Monte de las Cenizas) is long-distance. In fact, none reaches 10 kilometers.
However, you have to take into account the local weather, so if you do these paths in spring or summer, we recommend getting up early. And, above all, always wear a hat and sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
the human footprint
It must be said that man has coexisted since time immemorial with all this natural environment. Remains from the Neolithic era have been found in Calblanque and much more modern. In addition, it is known that it has been a territory with mining operations, and there are even remains of old military defenses in the area.
The beaches of Calblanque
We are talking about a section of the Costa Cálida de Murcia, which is synonymous with great beaches. There are also in the regional park. In fact, the summer overcrowding has meant that there are public buses that take bathers there so that the condition is as minor as possible. Even so, many prefer to go with their car, which is why a parking fee has been imposed.
The fact is that throughout the extension of the protected space we can distinguish up to eight different beaches. Some are as small as Dentóles cove, with just 50 meters of intensely golden sand; others are larger, such as the Negrete and Larga beaches, which reach 600 meters in length.
Also, there is Calblanque beach itself, an icon of the park for its beautyand others ideal for sunbathing, taking good dips or snorkeling, one of the most pleasant sea sports.
Yes ok, these are delicate, natural beaches, that is to say, here there are no certain infrastructures and, of course, there are no beach bars. So it is the tourists who have to help clean and maintain it. Enjoy them, but help keep them clean!