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Santomera Reservoir


The Santomera dam is situated on the River Santomera, a tributary of the Segura river which it meets from the left at a place known as "Los Ásperos" in the Municipal District of Santomera (Murcia). It was designed and constructed as part os the so-called “Construction works for the retention and exploitation of waters of the wadis of Santomera and Abanilla by means of the Santomera reservoir and as flood control for the Vega Baja del Segura”, although the main purpose was to protect the Vega Baja del Segura fertile lands from the disastrous floods caused by the Santomera and Abanilla wadis.

The coordinates of the point where the river meets the dam comes as follows:

Geographical coordinates (based on the Greenwich meridian):

X 1º 05’ 14” West
Y 38º 05´ 37,3” North

U.T.M. coordinates:

Reference system ETRS89. Time zone= 30

Access to the dam and reservoir

Access to the dam is from Murcia via the Alicante motorway. After 12 km take the Fortuna exit and after two kilometres the access road is signposted on the right.

The most important city nearby is Murcia, some 12 km away. Smaller nearby towns include Molina de Segura (24 km), Fortuna (9 km), Abanilla (13 km) and Orihuela (15 km). The nearest town (not taking into account small scattered villages) is Santomera, which is 5 km away.

The nearest railway station is Murcia-El Carmen, 12 km away on the RENFE Madrid–Albacete-Murcia-Cartagena (Línea LR15) railway line. The nearest airport is Murcia-San Javier, 44 km away.

The location of the reservoir can be seen in the following map:

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