Molina de Segura
Molina de Segura is situated about 10 km from the regional capital on the left bank of the river Segura. The main trunk road N-301 also runs through the town, making Molina an important transport hub, subsequently attracting important industries to set up in the area. In terms of urban, economic, and population growth, Molina has expanded remarkably since 1960. Its population of 42,000 makes it the region's fourth largest town the District of Molina itself presents a varied picture, the northern part being mainly rugged upland with the Sierras of Lugar, La Espada, and La Pila , while the southern part consists mainly of flatter countryside as one approaches the banks of the Segura, whic, despite its rather modest girth, is still the regions main watercourse. surprisingly, though, there are a number of wetlands as well as the dry gullies that stand out for their wealth of flora and fauna, two examples of note being the protected areas of Humedal de Ajauque and Rambla Salada, both of which belong partly to the district.
The smaller villages of Fenazar, Los Valientes, La Hurona, La Albarda, Cómala, La Espada, Rellano, La Hortichuela, La Hornera and El Romeral lie in drier lands where the predominant vegetation is esparto grass, thyme and rosemary. These areas are where the ranges of La Espada, Lugar and the Sierra de la Pila National Park are situated, and which contain an extraordinary richness in wild flowers, including numerous native species found only here in the whole south-east of the Iberian peninsula. The huerta of Molina has its origins in the Islamic Period and comprises three main districts, namely, La Ribera de Molina, Torrealta and El Llano de Molina, important producers of peaches, apricots and root vegetables, as well as tomatoes, onions and peppers.
One of the best area's urban developments is Molina de Segura, Altorreal, is Altorreal Golf Club, with first class facilities.