We start the route from the Rambla de La Azohía. This route promises through the area and the coves at the height of those of Menorca or Ibiza. But above all it promises because it is chosen and guided by our friends Rubén and Santi. Two great connoisseurs of all the natural corners of the Murcian Region … and of the coasts of Cartagena (don’t bother anyone 😉).
Go up the short asphalt track that lets us see the bay and Playa de la Azohía and its beautiful blue waters, until we reach the Torre de Santa Elena. This tower is also known as Torre de La Azohia and belongs to one of the coastal watchtowers, which are a series of watchtowers built in the 16th century on the Mediterranean coasts of Spain to defend them from the attacks of Berber pirates.
We continue on, coasting north of the coast and following the markings of a local trail. It is a precise path that is beginning to show us the beauty of the area and what the day will bring us. We arrive at the Zona de la Panadera, under the head of the same name and we descend along the path that makes a few zetas until we lose height and that then will take them more or less flat and coasting until we reach the formation of a promenade that goes down to the beautiful Cala Cerrada. A hidden gem in Cabo Tiñoso, Cartagena. We could say that it is “difficult to get there”, although I don’t think so. But surely we can say that it is “Hard To Forget!”.
After a bath and a disconnection of almost an hour. We have to leave the cove and take photos from there, as I remember. We go back up the boulevard but since we don’t want to leave without taking one of the best photos, we go up to the small mound that protects the cove and at 43 meters above sea level we take what I think is the best snapshot of the cove.
Now yes. We recover the lost path and turn right and gain strength to climb Collado de Juan Catalina. Where is the old road to go up to the Bateria de Castillitos.
When we get to the road we follow the GR-92 markings that in the first meters go down the road to the left and immediately climb towards the Picadera at 405 meters above sea level, passing under it and under the Cerro de los Siete Cucones, crowned by its antennas. , that we flip it. In this area, which is perhaps the most aerial, but without any difficulty, it is where the most curious photos appear. Because of the terrain, the unevenness, the views and the remains of a car that was thrown and abandoned on the hillside.
Then the descent begins, always looking in front of the Playa de la Azohia. At the end we arrive at the Casas de la Azohia and the rambla where we have started the route.
Without a place one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the Murcian Region, located in front at Cabo Tiñoso, Cartagena. Guided and accompanied by Rubén and Santi! Thanks guys!
Max elevation: 310 m
Total climbing: 1132 m
Total time: 05:29:16