El Carmoli



El Carmolí is an area in Los Urrutias, Cartagenamunicipality, in the Campo de Cartagenacomarca, Region of Murcia, southeastern Spain. It used to be the site of a military air base, located near a homonymous hill in the flat Mar Menorarea.

The El Carmolí zone is part of aprotected area called Parque Natural de Espacios Abiertos e Islas del Mar Menor.
 
Amilitary aerodrome was built in El Carmolí before the Spanish Civil War. It was used by the Spanish Republican Air Force for its High-speed Flying School (Escuela de Vuelo de Alta Velocidad), a training facility for fighter aircraft pilots. Some of the flying instructors based at El Carmolí were from the Soviet Union.

After the Civil War the airfield was used by the Spanish Air Forceas an eventual landing facility.

Our thoughts: El Carmoli is surrounded by natural beauty but close to all the main towns around the Mar Menor. Relatively unknown but well worth a look if you want to be away from it all but very near the coast.