4 to 5 km north of Mula.
Diego Angelucci, Daniela Anesin, Davide Susini, Valentín Villaverde, Josefina Zapata, João Zilhão (2017):
A tale of two gorges: Late Quaternary site formation and surface dynamics in the Mula basin (Murcia, Spain).
Quaternary International. 485. DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2017.04.006. researchgate
|Nacimiento de Fuente Caputa, 30193 Mula, Murcia, Tel: +34-968-66-15-01.
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The Nacimiento de Fuente Caputa (Spring of Fuente Caputa) is a shallow blue lake, which is the spring of the Rambla Perea. It is a tributary of the Mula river. The catchment area are the Ardal fields and the hills and mountains surrounding the spring. The area is quite humid, compared to its surrounding, and hence an important source of water and an important recreation area.
Poza de Fuente Caputa (Fuente Caputa Pool) is an exceptional pool less than one kilometer downstream from the spring. The pool has a blueish colour due to the high amount of dissolved limestone, and is located in front of a south facing limestone cliff. The cliff is quite popular among swimmers, because it offers the possibility to jump into the pool from various heights. The river flows through the valley, then down some rapids and a waterfall into the pool. The site is quite interesting, because of the nearby hydroelectric power plant and aqueduct.
From here the valley continues in meanders with cliffs and river caves on the outside of each bow. Only about 1.8 km down the valley is a straight section with quite impressive caves along the Rambla de Perea. This site is quite exceptional witn many interesting spots and a lot of karst related features. But it is necessary to do some walking to see them. There are numerous hikes on the web, but if you are not too fond of walking the shortest way to see this site is by starting at the spring and following the river to the hugest caves and organize a pickup at the lower end. The river is intermittent, so it is full of water during winter and spring, but dry in summer and autumn.