Calblanque Regional Park
The Calblanque Regional Park is an ideal area to enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits during a stay in Cartagena. Many visitors to the park are there to spend time on the wonderful Calblanque Beach and explore its surrounding coves. However, with beautiful protected flora & fauna, many pleasant nature trails, lush valleys and a small coastal mountain range, outdoor activities are plentiful. The biggest downside to Calblanque Regional Park is its lack of visitor facilities.
Calblanque Regional Park Directions
To reach the park by vehicle you head out of Cartagena on the RM-12 which is the main road to the popular resort area of La Manga. After passing the residential area of Los Belones, there is a right turning by a car dealership to the Calblanque parking area. From the car park it's a couple of hundred metres walk to the visitors centre. It's pretty hit and miss whether the centre is open depending on the time of year you are visiting. When open, you can learn about the flora & fauna of the park, ask questions and check out map details of the hiking trails and tourist attractions.
Calblanque Regional Park Terrain
Some more energetic hikers prefer to visit Calblanque Regional Park via the coastal paths. This can be done by staying on the RM-12 until you reach La Manga Go-Karting. Here you turn right onto Camino Cala Reona and follow it to the beach. Here you can hike the coastal path from Cala Reona all the way to Calblanque Beach. If doing this hike, you can take along snorkelling gear to explore the many rugged coves along the way. Remember to bring along water and a snack.
Throughout the park's picturesque terrain you will come across lovely sandy beaches and coves, wooden walkways protecting the sand dunes, lush pine forest, hills and sea cliffs. On the outer reaches of the park are some old tin and copper mines to explore, but for safety reasons, don't get too close. There are areas to enjoy rock climbing and mountain biking. Some of the local horse riding schools offer hacks that take in the park and beaches. Some of the wildlife you may see includes eagles, woodpeckers and sea turtles. Bear in mind, Calblanque Regional Park has a delicate eco-system, so it's best to enquire about cycling or horse riding, and avoid littering.