Day Out Ricote Valley
The whole day is all about scenery, history and relaxation. We like to start at the northerly end of the valley with a town called Cieza. It was a major settlement during Moorish time, today it is an agricultural town producing mainly peaches and olives. The next stop, is a short drive away at Abaran to see the Noria Grande or the Big Waterwheel. Take a stroll along the River Segura to discover more waterwheels, all of which transport water from the river to irrigate the most distant plains. Driving on through the valley you can take a deviation up to the village of Ricote, which is a delightful little hamlet with a few restaurants and lots of Moorish architecture. Returning to the valley floor, enjoy the views as you make your way slowly via Ojos and Villanueva to the Balneario in Archen with its thermal pools.
You can alter the day in many ways. You might like to add a stop at the small hamlets of Ojos and Villanueva as you pass through them on driving along the base of the valley, or spend the whole day in Cieza, or in Abaran walking or cycling along the Rio Segura between the waterwheels or at the thermal baths in Archena. You can even fit in a stop at the shopping malls on the outskirts of Murcia as you drive past them – remember they are open until 22.00!
Places to stop during a day out Ricote Valley
- Cieza: large town with many shops, bars and restaurants, visit the tourist office for more information about the three museums and the whole of the Ricote Valley.
- Abaran: traditional large village with the waterwheel route that passes by four waterwheels.
- Ricote: very small village.
- Archena: known as Spa Valley, it is a thermal water resort with 2 large and modern thermal pools open to non-hotel guests (you must take a swimming hat and flip-flops).