Protected Natural Area since 1987 and Nature Reserve since 1992, Calblanque is an amalgamation of wonderful sand beaches, sandbanks, arid hills, cliff tops and salt flats all of great ecological value.
This Nature Reserve represents one of the last untouched areas along the Mediterranean coastline. To reach Calblanque, take the motorway from Cartagena towards La Manga, once past Los Belones, take the next singposted exit. There is a car parking area, an information booth, a camping area and a list of recommended routes.
Visit Calblanque driving your car (Shown in black dots on the map).
Get ready to wash your car after the visit. The non paved trails you will drive through are very dusty and their dust is very sticky. Anyway, you can be sure that the visit is worth.
The Nature Reserve is a very fragile and delicate environmental system, therefore keep in mind, please, the next suggestions:
Follow the established tracks, do not step on the dunes or vegetation, do not disturb the birds. Unleashed dogs, bonfires, camping, car parking (outside the established sites) and picnic are non allowed activities. Thank you for regarding these few rules.
Your bird watching will be easier if you carry binoculars.
Naturist people like Calblanque beaches. Respect the privacity of the people you see, wether they are naked, dressed up or wearing a bathing costume.
Description of routes:
The route beggins in the signposted "Calblanque" exit of the motorway Cartagena - La Manga del Mar Menor (driving towards La Manga), one or one and a half Km. past the cros exit to Los Belones. You have to take the non-paved trail that starts there (see map, top of this page, please).
Once you find the first signposts, one drives you to the left, to "Salinas de Rasell" (Rasell saltworks) Visit it, please. After the saltworks you can reach the nice Calblanque Beach and, from the saltworks, you can drive to the spectacular "Playa Larga" beach also (see above map).
The other signpost drives you to the right, first to the "Information" little house, poorly maintained by the Regional Government (they give a photocopied map for your visit), then to the large parking lot on top of the beginning of the beautiful "Playa Larga" beach (Long Beach!). After this first parking lot, the track goes inland again, paralel to the beach and ends in other parking area. You are, then, about the middle of "Playa Larga" beach. Park your car, walk to the beach and enjoy it. Be careful, the water has undercurrents.
Visit Calblanque walking (Shown in red dots on the above map).
Follow suggestions Mountaineering Federation, Region of Murcia, web pages. (Sorry, in Spanish only for the moment).
Visit the other local Nature Reserve, North La Manga:
San Pedro del Pinatar Saltworks and Sandspots Park