Rural tourism in the Mula river region highlights the aspects of these municipalities that have the potential for the development of tourist activities outside the urban sphere. The Mula river region is made up of the municipalities of Mula, Campos del Rio, Albudeite, and Pliego, all of them marked by the presence of the extraordinary waterway called the Mula river, which is approximately 64 kilometres long.
Historical and cultural value
In these towns, there are civil and religious monuments of great historical and cultural value worthy of admiration. In Albudeite, there is the Parish Church of Our Lady of Remedies, a construction that began in the 16th century, and which possesses valuable images carved in wood that rest inside and also come from this century. There are also the ruins of the Medieval Castle of Albudeite, declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
In Campos del Rio, we find the beautiful building of the Church of Saint John Baptist, from the 17th century, while among the civil monuments is the Clock Tower, the Castle Viewpoint, and the old bridge over the Mula river.
Rural tourism in the Mula river region finds possibilities in the municipality of Pliego, thanks to its natural conditions, which have drawn up various routes that allow visits to archaeological sites such as Pliego Castle, with much of the main tower and the “antemuralla”.
Other sites are Almoloya and Los Cabecicos, which are witnesses to the Roman presence. Among the civil monuments, we can mention Pliego Castle, Paleras Castle, and the Mudejar Farmhouse.
On the other hand, the Pliego river, which has its source in streams and ravines that come from the Sierra Espuña and the Sierra del Cambron, and which will be dammed near the town of Pliego, has an attractive natural environment with high tourist capacity.
Rural tourism in the Mula river region finds its greatest possibility in the areas dedicated to irrigated crops in the valleys of the Pliego river and the Mula river, as well as in the small traditional irrigated orchards located in the vicinity of Cerro del Castellar, between the attractions of Salto del Usero and Pasico Ucenda.
A short distance from these agricultural fields, the possibility of renting comfortable accommodations developed so that visitors can stay in a rural environment. This also allows for the establishing of communication with farmers to receive information about the important and laborious processes that they are carrying out on their plots.
Rural tourism in the Mula river allows one to visit two of the splendid water pools that the river forms. The first of them, called Salto de Usero, constitutes a natural pool of extraordinary beauty, nestled in abundant and varied vegetation.
It also has a stone dome that makes it particularly attractive. For many, the Salto de Usero is the most attractive waterfall in the province of Murcia. Definitely, it is a place of unmatched beauty.
From this point, one can take a clearly demarcated path of just over three kilometres that leads to the viewpoint known as the Piedra del Castellarque. From there, one can admire the landscape of Murcia.
Pasico Ucenda is the other waterfall formed by the waters of the Mula river. It is located a few meters upstream from the Salto de Usero and is a scene of great beauty, with a large pool of crystalline waters formed by a waterfall stemming from versatile vegetation.