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The Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia) is a bovine animal of the Caprid family, native to the rocky areas of the Sahara and Western North Africa, of the monotypic genera Ammotragus.
The names arruí and aoudad, as it is known in many European languages, come from the Berber language.
The introduction of this species in 1970 was initially made in the Sierra Espuña National Park in the region of Murcia. The abundance of food, absence of predators and high birth rate caused the species to spread out in a very short time.
This species has currently spread further and we can find specimens in Andalusia, in the Sierra de Maria-Los Velez (Almeria), and in the mountains of Orce (Granada).
The Arrui (Ammotragus lervia) has very short hair, except for its tail and the shaggy “beard” which covers its throat and front legs. It has a reddish or sandy brown colour, slightly lighter on the underbelly.
Both males and females have horns. Those of the females are much smaller and slimmer. The horns of the males grow out in a triangular cross section, are very wide at the base, and grow backwards in a circular shape; the horn is perennial and continues growing throughout the entire life.
A mountain species, it manages perfectly on crags and cliffs located in a dry, semi-desert climate.
They live in more or less numerous groups made up of mixed herds, consisting of males of all ages, females and their young. The females are in charge of guiding the group.
These are animals which adapt perfectly to any type of terrain.
Parador de Lorca ****
Built in the enclosure of the Castle of Lorca, the Parador allows visitors to travel through time, from the archaeological site found under the hotel, perfectly integrated into the building, to its magnificently designed facilities, indoor pool and relaxing spa. Among the relics from the past you can find the XV century synagogue, the Islamic Aljibe, the Almohad Wall or the Citadel of the castle, known as The Fortress of the Sun, which has become a thematic cultural centre offering an intense experience in culture and entertainment through the exhibitions, live historical scenes, workshops, or areas for children, etc.
Monasterio de Santa Eulalia ****
This emblematic architectural complex, declared an Item of Cultural Interest for Historical Heritage together with the Hermitage of Santa Eulalia from the XVI century in the middle of the National Park of Sierra Espuña, lies surrounded by ample landscaped gardens.
This hotel was built on an ancient XVI century monastery. Located in the heart of the most rural part of Murcia, it has been completely reformed and offers excellent accommodation in the spectacular Regional Park of Sierra Espuña. The Hotel Monastery Santa Eulalia is made up of several typically Spanish buildings, which used to make up one of the largest convents of the region. These buildings have been carefully restored to offer all of the commodities of a modern hotel, including a gym and restaurant.
Today your taste buds are in charge and they guide you through a paradise of flavours. Today you debate over savoury or sweet. Today your mouth waters, with tastes from the orchards and mountains. Today you discover traditions with your tongue and the desserts hypnotise your stomach. Today you eat with your eyes, with all of your senses. Today more than ever, you have heaven on your palate.
Smells, tastes, textures... sensations to discover and appreciate with our senses. Here we have foods from the Region of Murcia, which will restore the pleasure of eating something authentic and natural. High quality products prepared to nourish your senses.
The gastronomy of Murcia is healthy, tasty and varied. Each region has something of its own to offer. The recipes truly reflect the contrasts of the region and evoke the different tastes of the landscapes, inland, the vegetable gardens and the coast. This is just a small sample of the culinary expertise of this region. Enjoy!
The sun shines for more than 3,000 hours per year and the shores are bathed by the warm waters of two seas. In fact, on these shores known as the Costa Calida or Warm Coast you can find long beaches and tiny coves with many health, sport and leisure options. One of the more attractive areas is La Manga del Mar Menor, a place where you can relax while enjoying the sea and the activities at the Nautical Resort. Furthermore, you will come across extensive white beaches such as those of San Pedro del Pinatar; half wild beaches like those of Cartagena, curious landscapes like those of Mazarron or fishing towns such as Aguilas.
The mild climate allows you to play golf almost all year round. Close to two of the main cities, Murcia and Cartagena, there are many golf clubs where you can enjoy your favourite sport.
As a result of its intense historical tradition, with the superposition of cultures, as a frontier land, as a passage between the Plateau and the Andalusian lands, and its nature as a strategic Mediterranean enclave, the heritage of the Region of Murcia holds a multitude of testimonies of the past making it a meeting point between tradition and the concern for bringing it ever more into the viewpoint of the visitor. The numerous vestiges and archaeological sites tell us of paintings under the cover of caves, from the Iberian period, of the splendour of the Roman Empire and its town planning and its preference for theatrical events, of Visigoth cities, Arab medinas, castles, watch towers, temples and Christian churches, civil and military buildings...
All of this cultural, historic, artistic and archaeological heritage is demonstrated in the diversity of opportunities to be seen and admired, through the thematic centres of the ample network of museums in the region, located in those places where these monuments were erected for use. The Region of Murcia has become a tightly woven fabric where the past is reflected, to be observed, in the form of palpable vestiges of this past made present.
Murcia, the capital of the Autonomous Region, on the shores of the river Segura, Cartagena, port city on the Mediterranean. Lorca, the City of the Hundred Shields, and Caravaca, the Holy City, provide the visitor with plenty of reasons to choose this destination for their holidays or to visit any time of year.