House in a historic building in El Berro, Alhama de Murcia, Spain
Bajo el Cejo is of significant historic interest. The upper building was
originally used by charcoal makers, who were amongst the first village
settlers in El Berro and the lower building was a water mill, both buildings
being set amongst picturesque rock formations and striking natural features.
historic buildings have been charmingly renovated using traditional construction
methods with great respect for their environment. They are uniquely situated
for your enjoyment in one of the most desirable locations in Sierra Espuña.
hotel is perfectly integrated in its natural and green surroundings. With
the lovely sound of the Fuente del Chorrico stream still flowing by to
this day, the atmosphere is particularly tranquil and magical.
hotel has 10 double rooms and 3 suites. All rooms have underfloor heating,
airconditioning, internet access and TV, with ensuite bathrooms.
3 suites each have a jacuzzi and private terrace.
of the rooms is specially adapted for people with mobility problems.
Sierra Espuña is a
mountain range of more than 25,000 hectares in the centre of the region
of Murcia in between the two valleys of the Guadalentin and Pliego rivers.
In April 1995 17,804 hectares
were declared as Parque Regional, giving it a protected status in terms
of conservation, although even before that these mountains had a long history
of conservation. As a result of the ambitious and successful reforestation
project at the end of the previous century it was possible even in 1931
to declare 5,084 hectares as ‘Sitio Natural de Interés Nacional’
which means an ‘area of national interest’. In 1973 14,181 hectares were
marked out as Reserva Nacional de Caza – which means it became a national
In 1978 the title ‘Sitio
Natural’ was changed to ‘Parque Natural’ along with an increase of its
area with 9,961 hectares more. In 1992 the category Parque Regional was
applied offering a higher conservation status. These new boundaries and
definitions were applied in context of the ‘Ley Regional 6/1995’ (Spanish
Law) with areas coming under the territories of Alhama, Mula and Totana.
Espuña is a sparsely
populated, forested mountainous area in which you will find small villages
and country houses in rural settings. It is one of the most accessible
areas of outstanding natural beauty in Murcia. In this area, you can also
explore interesting tiny towns such as Aledo, Alhama de Murcia, Pliego,
Mula and Totana as well as villages such as Santa Leocadia, El Purgatorio,
El Berro, Gebas and Casas Nuevas. All this in addition to not only the
Parque Regional of Sierra Espuña but also the amazing white moonscapes
of ‘los Barrancos de Gebas’, with its spectacular reservoir in ‘la rambla
Spectacular areas such as
el Valle del Leyva, with its impressive steep rock cliffs, are favourites
with climbers near and far. The snowhouses – ‘pozos de la nieve’ in the
highest part of the mountains, were ancient ice factories belonging to
our ancestors, and attract many interested visitors.
El Berro, a village of just
100 inhabitants, situated at 650 metres’ altitude, is in Sierra Espuña
and still functions according to popular local traditions. There are many
useful facilities here.
an ideal area for walking and other outdoor sports such as mountain biking,
climbing, paragliding, canoeing, potholing and orienteering, amongst others.
In the ‘parque natural’ area,
you can see birds of prey and even whilst relaxing on the hotel terrace
you can sometimes spot golden eagles. Muflon sometimes appear on paths,
and other easily seen wildlife includes squirrels, foxes, badgers and wild
boar - the latter being frequently seen and fed near one of the nearby
Pine, oak, juniper, rosemary,
thyme and marjoram all grow amongst the typical Mediterranean greenery