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Hundreds of people gather in the pilgrimage to Cabezo Gordo (15/04/2012)

Given the success of previous editions the Department of Tourism of the Municipality of Torre Pacheco has again organized together with the associations and groups in Dolores de Pacheco for the ninth consecutive year the Pilgrimage to the Sima de las Palomas in today.

This activity is intended to inform the audience one of the great natural assets of the municipality, the Cabezo Gordo as a natural area and tourism, having organized several activities to promote leisure and recreation in a natural and unique as this mountain Cartagena field, as is a visit to the cave of pigeons, cleaning activities ...

In this day was held at the Cabezo Gordo the traditional pilgrimage to the Sima de las Palomas.

Hundreds of people were able to meet one of the great natural assets of the municipality, the Cabezo.

As a starting point of this pilgrimage was established Civic Center pachequera the hamlet of Dolores de Pacheco, where attendees left foot, on horseback or in carriages to the Cabezo Gordo, where guests enjoyed a day of living in our beloved natural area.

The Treasures of Cabezo Gordo

The Cabezo Gordo has a diversity of environments that make this encalve a privileged and a redoubt which brings together hundreds of species, both flora and fauna.

But if we go deep into the bowels of the mountain we discover the aquifer andaluciense, which are taken from irrigation waters with temperatures ranging around 30 and 51 ° C, or the cave of the lake on the south side, which serves as a refuge summer to a large colony of cave bats and bigeye.

The gallery holdings of iron ore, exploited more intensively at the beginning of S.

XX has generated plenty of caves, but also have uncovered other naturally occurring, such as the gulf of Las Palomas.

This pit contains within its walls the second spot with most important paleontological remains after Atapuerca Peninsula.

It is a sedimentary tower 18 meters high containing remains of hominids and animals that inhabited this area of ​​Torre Pacheco made between 50,000 and 135,000 years.

According to Prof. Dr. M.

Walker, excavation director and anthropologist "scientific study is a continuation of the path started in Atapuerca hominid, 200,000 years ago ending."


The Cabezo Gordo is situated in the municipality of Torre Pacheco, between the hamlets of Balsicas, Northwest, San Cayetano, the Northeast and Dolores de Pacheco, to the southeast.

If we come from the southern area of ​​Campo de Cartagena should come to San Javier in order to move towards Dolores de Pacheco and from there by road will access service to the vicinity of Mt.

If our source is de Murcia, will come by the highway of the Mar Menor, we will leave by the exit Dolores de Pacheco tells us it is not necessary to reach this population, as the Cabezo Gordo is on the right.

We can also take the exit that leads to Los Alcazares, and in this case we have Cabezo Gordo left.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco

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