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Full of life

This wooded paradise, lined by streams that relive with the spring rains, inhabited by various animal species, was a shelter for human beings thousands of years ago. Caves and holes were used as shelter in the Paleolithic Era; afterwards, when they learned to plant and tame animals, they settled in the lowest hills that line Sierra de Espuña. From there they observed the fertile valleys where they grew their food and grazed their cattle. With the Muslim invasion, the region became border land. Over these settlements the Arabs founded cities and built fortresses. Time passed by and in the Reconquista, the men intensified the agriculture and livestock and they took advantage of the rich forests of the Sierra, using wood for cooking and other things. Thus, a huge and savage exploitation of the forest commenced. It ended in the second half of the 19th century, when they had almost killed all of the great pine and oak trees of the Sierra de Espuña. The region had become a sterile desert.

In 1891, Ricardo Codorniú, an engineer with an incredible vision of the future planted 5000 hectares of forest and thicket. Dozens of workers opened paths a cross the Sierra, built dikes to have water for irrigation and they planted thousands of future trees. Almost a century has passed. Today, under the coolness of the immense pine trees, it is difficult to believe that this land was practically dead. The Sierra de Espuña is now full of life, like a great green tree, thanks to one man.
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Accross the mountain range

You have to go up to Alhama de Murcia. Once you are there, follow the sign that says “Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña”. When you see a sign that says “La Perdiz” (Recreational Area), then take that road until you reach the parking lot. You can take some walking canes since the way back is quite steep. Begin the path until you reach a metal fence with a sign that says “Camino Forestal Prado Mayor”. This path takes you to the Valle de Leyva, an area known for its climbing school. Don’t forget your camera. You will have shadow, since you will be surrounded by pine trees.

When you find a sign that says “Valle de Leyva-Collado Mangueta”, then take the path to your left. Keep going up until you see a green esplanade where you will have a beautiful panoramic view of Leyva and to the right a number of small houses. Keep going up until you see another small forest. You will bump into some wells of the Nieve de Murcia. This is the perfect place to take a break, but always keep in mind how much hours of light you have left.

Continue uphill until you see the Morrón de Espuña (1,583m), which is the highest peak of Sierra Espuña. In the highest part of the mountain you will see a military base. To follow this route you have to follow the path on the left. It will take you to the Canaleta del Barranco del Gallego, an area with beautiful areas from where you can see the Mar Menor. The way down is quite steep, and at the bottom you will find the road that you took in the beginning.

It is about 5 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, a map, water, sandwich, hat and camera.
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