Route Blanca, Natural and Cultural Monument

It is a route in which culture and nature go hand in hand.

1. Museum of Light and Water

Starting from the museum of light and water we will go to the Pedro Foundation, we can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Segura River.

2. Tribute to the Farmers

Along the way we can go delighting with all the samples of art that Blanca has in its streets. An example is this sculpture by the artist Josep Pedro Ginestar, a tribute to the local farmers.

3. Pedro Cano Foundation

Active cultural reference where workshops, book presentations and temporary exhibitions are held, not only related to art, but also to anthropology, medicine and social relations.

4. Iron Bridge

Bridge made in 1934 by riveting, technique that consists of the union of metal pieces through steel rivets and that fell into disuse in the sixties with the introduction of welding. Its construction was fundamental for the establishment of communications with the rest of the populations of the Ricote Valley.

5. Casa (Manor House) Don Carlos

Located in the Alto del Palomo neighborhood, on the edge of the MU-520 road (Ctra, de Ojós), we find the Casa de Don Carlos.

 

Splendid and noble stately and emblazoned mansion, dating from the late nineteenth century, its gardens were inspired by the Real Alcazar of Seville and also inspired by the Generalife of Granada.

 

Don Carlos González Gieger was known in the Ricote Valley, a place he loved. He was a lover of painting and photography and every time he had the chance he would escape from Madrid (place of origin) to come here. His father Antonio, much admired in this place, met the mayor of the area, which encouraged him to buy some land. This is how Antonio had a house built in this municipality. The house had the name “El Alto del Palomo” and it was where his son Carlos was born.

 

It is necessary to emphasize its hall where its walls are covered with paintings and also the coat of arms of the González family, that can be seen right in the main entrance of the house. In addition, it preserves the pine of the Araucaria family considered to be the highest in the Region of Murcia.

 

His successive heirs have taken care of and kept this house where right now Don Carlos’ grandchildren live.

 

Its gardens were used for the celebration of the International Landscape Workshops given by the favorite son of the municipality of Blanca, Pedro Cano.

 

Following the road, we can enjoy the vegetable garden of Buyla, after a few meters we will find the next point of interest the Solvente Pine.

6. The Garden of Buyla and Pine of the Solvent

Buyla’s orchard is one of the beautiful corners of the natural region of the Ricote Valley. This Pine was recovered by the association “La Carrahila” to mark the place where the representatives of the muds aljamas of the Encomienda de Ricote in the Middle Ages met, and of the later Moorish councils, within the living legacy, with motive of the IV Centenary of the expulsion of the Moriscos from the Ricote Valley (1613-2013 / 4).

 

Under the shade of this Pine, six stones have been distributed, in the manner of seats, representing the six towns of the Encomienda de Ricote that, in the past, met in this place.

 

El Pino del Solvente, has a time capsule buried with the most significant works written on the Moorish of the valley along with a magna carta signed by the municipal representatives. We can also find a wildlife sighting point.

 

Continuing the road, we will arrive until a tunnel that crosses the place of the Solvente.

7. Dam of Azud of Ojós

It is a reservoir built in the 70s of the last century, year 1978, whose purpose is to derive the waters from the Tagus to the two banks of the Segura River and take them to the irrigated areas of Murcia, Alicante and Almeria.

 

In the “Azud de Ojós” is the dam from which the Tajo-Segura water transference channel begins, from these facilities its main infrastructures start: the channels on the left and right banks.

 

Once we have crossed the tunnel, we continue the road until we reach a crossroads and we will continue along the road on the left, where a few meters further on we will find La Favorita among the orchard on our left.

8. House La Favorita

It is a suburban house built in the late nineteenth century for the rest of a family of noble lineage, the Counts of the Vallesa. Its eclectic style and its garnet and white color stand out in the green landscape that surrounds it. It is raised on a podium with a simple staircase and is distributed between two floors and attic, alternating the smooth wall with stonework. The lateral façade and the central part are crowned with a triangular pediment and abundant decorative motifs. A little further on, on the right is the Casa de la Molineta.

 

Then, and this time on the right we can see the house La Molineta.

9. House La Molineta

Construction of singular beauty that harmonizes with the fertile orchard and in which its blue color stands out.

La Molineta is a suburban house built in the early twentieth century for the rest of a family of landlords from Cartagena belonging to the navy.

We will take the first dirt road to the left that we find, and a few meters further the next to the right. This way we will reach the fluvial beaches.

10. Fluvial Beaches

Near the river, there is a large space with garden areas and several observation points where you can get a small sample of the great wealth of fauna that can provide a space with these characteristics, at the same time endowed with a very fragile balance. it must be preserved.

 

This space arises from a dredging project to recover the capacity of the reservoir necessary for the transfer of water. The materials stolen from this dredging process are the ones that make up the Azud beaches, and the vegetation that exists is the typical sea bank.

 

The Ermita de la Sagrada Familia and the Mirador are reached through a dirt track that crosses the traditional vegetable gardens.

11. Hermitage of the Holy Family

The existence of this neighborhood of Blanca is recorded in the mid-eighteenth century, recognizing a hermitage in this place that could be the sixteenth century, although today we can see a hermitage of modern traces and dedicated to the Holy Family.

12. Alto Bayna and His Scenic Viewpoint

The Alto de Bayna is a spot of beautiful views of the Segura River, with views of the garden of Blanca, the wetlands of the Azud de Ojós, the Parque de las Cuevas and the Sierra de Ricote.

 

The viewpoint is supported by a long metal walkway suspended in height from which there are 360-degree views of the surroundings of the urban center of Blanca. If we look to the left we can find the Coffee Quarter with the typical horticultural dwellings inserted between the fruit crops, scarce first and added as they approach our view until joining the Alto de Bayna.

 

You can also see the Segura river and the landscape between reeds and riparian vegetation on its way to the Azud de Ojós. In the reservoir there are islands of reeds and vegetation that serve as a refuge for numerous species of waterfowl.

 

Taking the dirt road left on the way down from the viewpoint, we will access the cave botanical park.

13. Botanical Park of the Caves

This park is located on the outskirts of Blanca and next to the sports center on the banks of the Segura River.

 

The Cuevas park is a beautiful natural setting where visitors can enjoy a sample of the flora present, with more than 100 species of flora, among which we can highlight the bottle tree (BrachytonPopulneus), Aleppo pine (Pinus) Halepensis), cascavarina (CasvarinaEquisetifolia), myrtle (MyrtusCommunis), acacia (Acacias Cyanophylla), poplar (Populus), cypress (Cupresus Sempervirens), blackberries (Rubus), baladres (Nerium Deander), honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium), canes (ArundoDonax) among others that are interspersed with date palms (Phoenix Dactylifera) to form a unique landscape, endowed with a singular beauty and that owes its name to a cave, which at present remains sealed. Located under the viewpoint of the Passere del Alto de Bayna.

 

It is watered by the Segura river and in whose shore they splash mute ducks (CairinaMoschata) to the delight of the smallest ones who enjoy throwing bread. We can also highlight squirrels (Sciurus Vulgaris), sparrows (Passer Domesticus), blackbirds (TurdusMerula), herons (Ardeidae), carps (Cyprinus Carpio). This park has an area of ​​more than 100 square meters.

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