Murcia Bike Hire Routes – Cartagena, El Cedacero, La Azohia and La Cuesta

Murcia Bike Hire continue to use our Covid downtime reflecting on the good times when cycling in the region with our customers. For more details of additional rides please visit our associated links below and the MBH Blog page.

Cartagena Harbour - Murcia Bike Hire
Cartagena Harbour – Murcia Bike Hire

By sharing our experiences through our blog our aim is to offer some inspiration to our customers when planning their next cycling holiday with links to our favourite routes in the region of Murcia.

This route is available from our GPX download section in the MBH Shop – Categories. So why not add this to your checkout basket when booking one of our Cervélo or Focus carbon road bikes online.

Murcia Bike Hire Routes – Cartagena, El Cedacero, La Azohia and La Cuesta

Starting from Los Alcazares from the 4 star Hotel 525 one of our suggested hotels from our tailored cycling holidays. We Ride out of Los Alcazares Calle Isla de Tabarca and turn right onto RM-F26 over the AP7 and then at the roundabout 3rd exit onto the RM-F35. The RM-F35 takes you to the city of Cartagena, where we make our way to the port for well earned refreshments.

The city of Cartagena has a rich history with influences from the Punic, Roman, military and art nouveau. With so many things to see and do, Cartagena has become one of the most appealing destinations in the Mediterranean. We have included this city in our cycling holidays section and would definitely recommend you consider visiting the city during your stay.

Cartagena Roman Theatre - GPX Route Download - Murcia Bike Hire
Cartagena Roman Theatre – GPX Route Download – Murcia Bike Hire

The distance from Los Alcazares to the Puerto de Cartagena is a 25km and relatively flat ride, but things will start to change as you make you way out of the city towards Canteras and El Cedacero.

After coffee and cake in Cartagena we start the next part of our route towards La Azohia, a pretty fishing village on the Mediterranean coast, with wide expanses of sand and a mountain backdrop. .

Heading out of Cartagena, towards Canteras and onto the E-22, you will start your ascent to the summit of El Cedacero, before descending into La Azohia. The distance for this section is 24km with 12.5km of climbing and an average gradient of 2.5% and from this direction definitely nothing more than 5%.

El Cedacero view to La Azohia and Isla Plana - GPX Route Download - Murcia Bike Hire
El Cedacero view to La Azohia and Isla Plana – GPX Route Download – Murcia Bike Hire

A few photo opportunities on this descent, with the highlight being the tight horseshoe bend requiring great care before speeding up and enjoying the views of the mountains and down into the bay.

Towards the end of the descent we make a left turn into La Azohia and ride around the bay to the Torre de Santa Elena.

We advise you to plan your route allowing time to stop for tapas in La Azohia, with many restaurants to choose from and to be able to sample some local fresh fish dishes

Our recommendations for lunch would be one of the following:-

  • Deskaro by Bongora
  • Restaurante La Bodega Molina
  • Antipodas Tavern

Having enjoyed a local tapas lunch and visited the Torre de Santa Elena, its time to continue back onto the E-22 and along the coast towards Isla Plana and the outskirts of Puerto de Mazarron. At the roundabout where you will see the Repsol petrol station take the RM-332 which is another local climb known as “Alto de la Cuesta” with a summit at 352m. The petrol station is you last chance to top up any water bottles before commencing the climb. The climb distance is 10km an average gradient of 3.5% and but from this direction definitely nothing more than 7%.

Once your reached the summit then its the end of the climbs for the day with a rolling ride back to Los Alcazares via Cartagena through villages and towns.

If you choose to take this route from our GPX Route Download or decide to take this as a guided ride, you’ll definitely have a great time! This is a very popular route for both local and visiting cyclists, which we provide for our tailored cycling holidays.

Check out some of our other blog posts, review our website cycling holidays section or contact us to discuss possible options.

We look forward to sharing our cycling journey with you on the roads of the Murcia region soon!

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