History & multicultural heritage in villages of rural Murcia
Chance to see the biggest water wheel working in Europe
A look at the region's patron saint at Fuensanta Sanctuary
Insight into the last area inhabited by the Spanish Moors
Personalized experience with a private local tour guide
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Private Guided Tour of Cartagena and the Ricote Valley
Roundtrip transportation to and from your Cartagena hotel
Live tour commentary provided in English
Admission to attractions along the tour route
What you can expect
Get to know the secrets that lie amid the rustic landscape of the Ricote Valley with a private guide and an outing filled with history. From the biggest working water wheel in Europe to the countless little villages that dot the countryside, you get a whole new perspective on life in Murcia.
A personal guide meets you for a ride from Cartagena city and through the foothills of central Murcia. Stop for a look at the Fuensanta Santuary—home to the sculpture of the Virgin of the Fuensanta, patroness of the region, along with some terrific views of the orchards that fill the country.
From there, you take a drive through the valley where Spain's last Moorish communities lived until the 17th century. Pass by a string of tiny villages on your way to the town of Abaran, home to the immense Noria Grande waterwheel, which measures fully 39 feet (11.9 m) in diameter and has been running along the banks of the Segura River since 1805.
Your next stop is in the town of Archena for some refreshments before your return trip to the coast, following a different route that shows you a spectacular panorama of the valley. Get a last look at the peaceful setting before you arrive back in the city.