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Orchards of Murcia bike and tapas-drink tour

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Just 40 kilometers away from the Mediterranean beaches, Murcia extends along the valley of the Segura River. From the same river, Murcia Orchard is born, a unique farming place in Europe due to its Roman and Islamic origins and structure and organization. From Murcia center, you will cycle to the dense net of irrigation canals and channels until you get to Contraparada, the place where all channels that water the orchard are born. Walk to this reservoir over Segura River, whose origin is Roman, which will serve in understanding its working and evolution. The way back to Murcia will be a chance to peacefully walk by the quiet 'carriles,' small local roads that plough through the orchard, among bitter oranges, lemon trees and vegetables. Without losing sight of the tower of Murcia Cathedral, the cycle lane by the river will take you to the Plaza de Las Flores Square or the Parque de La Polvora, where you will taste a typical meal based on tapas and a cold drink.

Itinerary Details

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Pass By: Mercado de Veronicas

Mercado de Verónicas is a nice Art Nouveau market place building. Traditional food stands still offer local and rich elements of our awesome gastronomy.

Stop At: Paseo del Malecon

This wall was built originally during the XV the century to protect the city against flash floods of the Segura River. Rebuilt definitely at the end of the XVIIIth century it is now a appreciate promenade for local people.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Acueducto y Noria de La Nora

La Ñora waterwheel is a perfect example of artifact used in the Orchards of Murcia to enlarge irrigated crops. This ancient system, imported by Arabs from the fertile Euphrates and Tigris river basin, is still in use in all SouthEastern Spain.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: La Contraparada

The dam oif La Contraparada is like the "birthplace" of all the irrigation system of Murcia. From there, the2 main ditches go thriugh the valley, conducting the water till the crops.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de las Flores

La Plaza de las Flores is one of the most famous square of Murcia. Former florists square, it is now a popular place for tapas and drink.

Duration: 25 minutes