Following in the medieval footsteps by bike in Spain

1243: The Christian kingdom of Murcia, which would draw the new border with the Emirate of Granada, resulted from the Treaty of Alcaraz, signed by the future king Alfonso X and the emir Baha al Dawla. The incessant fight for the control of the border over two centuries has left a mark in the landscape of the Region of Murcia.

Travelling around this scenery by bike is an ideal opportunity to get into the medieval period!

The Arabian conquests between the 7th and 8th centuries radically changed the political map of what Hispania was so far. The Arab conquerors largely swept through the Byzantine Empire, the Sasanian Iran, across northern Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. Since then, Hispania became Al-Andalus, the westernmost territory of the Muslim civilization.

Nowadays the Muslim contribution is still visible in the landscape of the Region of Murcia.

There are many fortresses and watchtowers marking the road and working as visual milestones along our routes; even so, the traditional irrigated agriculture is the most lasting trace. The rich and dense fertile regions around some towns such as Lorca, Murcia, Caravaca, Mula or Cehegín are real proofs of this dramatic change. The agricultural systems inherited from this period persisted during the Christian era and remain today. Riding your bike along an irrigational ditch while listening to the babbling water or sitting down on the banks of a dam to watch the barbels jump can be relaxing and refreshing!

Medieval heritage to discover throughout our bike routes:

Castles and sanctuaries bike route

Cycling the Pilgrim’s Veracruz Rail Trail by bike

  • The medieval castle of Mula
  • La Calle del Agua (‘Water street’): traditional hydraulic complex of Pliego
  • The castle of Moratalla
  • La Cueva del Rey Moro (‘The Cave of the Moorish King’)

Throughout the last medieval border