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Lorca City Council will consider the feasibility and needs to adapt the path ecotourism "Cross of Caravaca" (04/08/2009)

The Councillor of Tourism of the Municipality of Lorca, Francisco Montiel, announced this morning that "the Consistory lorquino contract before the end of the year conducting a feasibility study and requirements for packaging and eco-tourism route of the trail known as # 26 Crosses Caravaca.

Montiel explained that "most of the way is done by the GR-253.

These are rural roads, many of them paved, low traffic, crossing the Sierra de las Cabras and passes through the complex interests of the Incarnation, where an archaeological site and a chapel.

This path connects several routes: No. 1 (Almeria Lorca), No. 2 (Lorca-Ulea), No. 19 (Embalse de Puentes-Xiquena), No. 27 (Zarcilla Palm-Almería), No. 30 (Route Aceniche-Zarcilla of Ramos), No. 32 (Connecting the itinerary Bullas-Totana with Lorca, Caravaca (by Aceniche)), n º 44 (Archivel-La Encarnación), No. 7 (Collado Almacilón-Caravaca) and No. 8 (Caravaca-Baños de Mula .)

It is an inter-county route, flowing through areas of Lorca and Valle del Guadalentín, Caravaca and Northwest. "

The study will focus on the stretch between the dam of Bridges and Caravaca Itinerary Ecoturístico No 26 of Lorca, which would complement the already completed the remaining part of this journey from Marsh Bridge and the city of Lorca, which is turn part of the route of the Via Augusta.

Connects both inside the city of Lorca with one of the axes of the Red Green Mediterranean (REVERMED) of the Region of Murcia, in particular with the longitudinal axis linking Almendricos with Yecla (relating to Schedule No. 1 Almeria - Lorca, and No. 2 route Lorca - Ulea).

Francisco Montiel explained that "the Council aims to improve and to expand the supply of rural tourism and ecotourism trails, both for visitors and citizens of that municipality, to promote sports, cultural and environmental values and and boost the economy of the highest in the municipal districts. "

With this goal, the Department of Tourism is planning to invest 10,300 euros in this work, of which more than half will be subsidized by the Directorate General of Tourism Infrastructure of the Autonomous Community.

The route of the "Cross of Caravaca" will add to other initiatives for the recovery and value of items and relevant environment for tourist use and the implementation of "Via Augusta", the design of trails such as the " Valentine's brow "or the" Coy Calvary, under the Municipal Investment Plan of the Municipality of Lorca (PIMUN).

The main relevant assets and liabilities related to trail No. 26 are:

- Ermita de Casas de Don Gonzalo.

Hermitage of a ship with a pitched roof tile Arabic.

The door is a pointed arch with wide jambs painted blue like the socket that runs throughout the building.

The facade is topped with a bell on which is a small iron cross turning.

Its current use is religious.

This is a degree of protection element 3 according to the Municipal Plan of Arrangement of Lorca.

- Palacio de Don Gonzalo is a three-storey residential building in the Renaissance style.

The first floor is differentiated from the rest of the building facing the facade treatment.

The holes on the second floor are decorated with curved pediments.

The corners of the building are curved, and are highlighted by a plaster that imitates padding.

Access is protected by a staircase with a balustrade.

At one extreme, the building has one floor as a tower with voids formed with arches.

This building is included in the list of protected elements of the Municipal Management Lorca.

- Vega and Guadalentín River: Upstream of Lorca, the riverbed Guadalentín recovered much of its naturalness.

Also, in the narrow valley stand still small plots of traditional vegetable crops.

The set is of great plasticity and valuable scenic landscape.

- Bridges Swamp Reservoir.

Important sheet of water with interesting formations Taraises wooded, area frequented by waterfowl.

- LIC Sierra de la Torrecilla (ES6200047).

Currently, some 3,526 hectares of this saw the town of Lorca is declared as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) by the presence of natural habitats of European interest, which form part of Natura 20006.

- Sierra del Gigante SPA-Pericay and Lomas del Vulture-Rio Luchena and Sierra de la Torrecilla (ES0000262).

This vast area of the municipality of Lorca, of 25,390 hectares, was declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) in 2001 to meet the numerical criteria established for the owl species (Bubo bubo), Short-toed (Circaetus gallicus) and peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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