Posted by: lasterrazasapartment | June 9, 2011

Murcia’s Secrets III

Calblanque is a remote and almost untouched stretch of coast, just south of the Mar Menor. This designated natural park enjoys secluded bays, solitude and an abundance of wild birds and flowers. Boardwalks criss–cross the sand dunes leading down to the beaches, with paths along the coast.

Uncovered Secret coves, unspoilt beaches, abandoned lakes, enchanted woods, dunes and an exotic cross-section of wildlife, particularly flora – this is Calblanque in a nutshell. Summer is the ideal season to catch sight of one of Europe’s few giant silk moth colonies, a type of butterfly that is in fact native to Surinam, México, Guatemala and Brazil. During the remaining 11 months of the year, the regional park is a botanical paradise with a whopping 668 species of flora and fauna, of which some 175 are in danger of extinction. Calblanque’s 14 kilometres of coast include the secluded bays of Reventón, Arturo and Las Mulas and sweeping golden beaches such as Las Cañas and Negrete (main photo). Taking a step back from the shore you will pass between green gardens of Eden curiously interspersed with what appear to be sand frozen in motion, sculpted by mother nature, and which are in fact fossilised dunes. Other phenomena of nature include a cluster of Sandarac trees, a strain of the Cypress which is native to Morocco’s Atlas mountain range. Calblanque’s crop is the only known example of the tree in Europe. Ornithologists, amateur or otherwise, will have a field day seeking out typically-European species like the Avocet, Black-Winged Stilt and Snowy Plover –another good reason to visit Calblanque in winter, since along with the colourful colonies of flamingos, these birds take refuge in the park during the colder months of the year. To reach Calblanque, take the La Manga motorway. It is signposted once you pass the turn-off for Los Belones.

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