NEW TOURISM ROUTE ON EL CAMINO DE LA VERA CRUZ SET TO RELAUNCH IN MURCIA
Work has begun on the relaunch of a new tourist route through the south eastern region of Murcia in Spain. El Camino de la Vera Cruz (The Route of Vera Cruz) is an ancient pilgrimage route stretching over 800 km through five autonomous communities (Navarra, Aragon, Community of Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha and the region of Murcia) and 82 individual municipalities. El Camino de la Vera Cruz is historically the chosen route of pilgrims making their way towards the religious city of Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia, which begins in the northern town of Puente la Reina, Navarra.
Throughout 2020, the Murcia tourism board is working to redevelop a portion of the route to create a new tourism offering for visitors. The project is a focal point in Murcia’s tourism development in 2020 as it looks to create new active, cultural and rural tourism products for visitors to enjoy such as hiking and cycling. Murcia is working together with the Fundación Camino de la Vera Cruz (Camino de la Vera Cruz Foundation) to renovate and redesign the route to create a series of wide-ranging and attractive itineraries showcasing the artistic and cultural heritage of the small towns and villages that are dotted along its path.
This national route will connect with El Camino de Levante linking a number of Murcian towns including Orihuela, Beniel, Murcia, Molina de Segura, Alguazas, Campos del Rio and Caravaca among others in one consecutive route that runs for almost 118 kilometres across the region. This projects represents the backbone of the wider Región de Murcia Sacra (The Sacred Region of Murcia) project, which involves 22 Murcian municipalities and seeks to put religion at the forefront of the destination’s offering through its museums and relics, small towns and villages, as well as its religious, cultural heritage, gastronomy and events.