Hacienda Riquelme : Surrounding Area
Hacienda Riquelme is close to the town of Sucina. The town is typically Spanish and offers a tranquil escape and originality for those seeking the real Spain but yet accessible to the beach and cities. It offers shops, bars, restaurants, banks and a supermarket. Currently there are nine tapas bars and restaurants to choose from and the summer months see a bustling town with chairs and tables out in the square.
In the region of Hacienda Riquelme
there are several golf courses incuding Peralaja (adjacent to Riquelme) and La Tercia golf. Free buses run to the other Polaris World resorts and golf courses including El Valle and La Torre, both 15 minutes.
A new motorway (opened December 2009) now passes 2km from the resort. It makes the resort of Hacienda Riquelme very accessible. Just 15 minutes to the beach, 18 minutes to the airport and 20 minutes into the centre of Murcia city. Cartagena is 35 minutes.
There is currently a petition by residents of the resort to get the old Sucina railway station opened. Just 200 metres from the gate of the resort this would make Hacienda Riquelme accessible by train from Cartagena and Murcia city in just 25 minutes.
For keen cyclists there are specialist bike tracks from the gate of the resort linking throughout the region to the coast and to Murcia city. Cycling is a huge sport in the area and you will see hoardes of cyclists particularly on a Sunday.
For walkers there are flat walks from the gate of the resort on quiet roads past the orange groves. For the more adventurous the mountains just behind the resort offer miles of marked hiking paths. The route from Collado de los Ginovinos to the peak of Cabezo del Puerto (pictured) covers 25km (7 hrs 40 minutes), climbing from 385 metres to 528 metres.
The views are stunning, stretching across the plain to the Mar Menor sea and beyond to the Mediterranean.
On the resort itself the town centre
(opened in 2010) captures the true charm of the area with the conversion of the original Hacienda providing bars, restaurants, a supermarket and golf club house for the residents of the resort.
Just 15 minutes drive are the beaches of the Mar Menor. A calm sea almost enclosed from the Mediterannean ideal for water sports including sailing and windsurfing. The Mediterranean sea is 20 minutes drive past the salt lakes of San Pedro where there are miles of walks across board walks on the sand dunes. Bird watchers frequent this area and there are several restaurants and spas in the area.
All photos taken January 2010.