a look at
mountains and a wild romantic coast
landscape that seems to be a puzzle!
Almería region – today important for its intense agriculture
– already served the Moors as a privileged place to settle.
Small villages, hidden between the romantic bays of the coast
called "Levante", a crystal clear water, that invites
for diving and quiet places in the interior – all this can be
found. On the other side there is the booming tourist coast
between Aguadulce, Roquetas and Adra called "Poniente".
- Natural park
Cabo de Gata
- Los Millares
East of Almería lies the Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Níjar
with some untouched bays all along the Levante coast
between Almería and the village of Mojácar. The interior
can astonish you with a mix of mountains and desert.
On the way to Granada, the traveller can choose between
the Alpujarra route or pass the Sierra Nevada
on its northern side. An excursion can be made to the
north of the province and the Natural Park of Sierra de
From Almería along the coastline up to Las Negras,
then inland towards Níjar and the desert
of Tabernas and finally passing Los Millares back to Almería.
approx. 200 Km / 125 miles
More than 3000 hours of sunshine allow you to visit Almería
all year around. Many kinds of watersports are available between May and September.
Landscape and protected
The landscape of the region is mainly dominated by the
spectacular coast of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Besides
this there are the mountainous regions of the Sierra de Gádor,
the Sierra de Alhamilla und the Sierra de los Filabres.
Between these lie a unique desert. Close to Sorbas we find
a huge stone reserve (cave "Karst en Yeso").
Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar
the only Andalusian Natural Park, which combines parts of
the interior with the coast. Of volcanic origin this park
of 33,663 hectares has on its coast untouched bays, cliff
rocks, saltworks, and even swamp and marsh land. The
interior of the park is dry and arid.
centre "Las Amoladeras"
hotels and hostels in Almería, also in San José and Níjar.
At the Cabo de Gata there are only a few places to stay. Also
A large number of hotels can be found west of Almería
in Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar.
Cycling, Mountain Hiking, Horseriding
Saint Feasts / Ferias
each town celebrates its own patron saint, a procession
and/or its "feria" (fair).
del Rosario (Oct.)
Isidro (Mid of May)
Feria (End of Aug.)
(End of Sept.)
the tranquil capital of the province with its outstanding fortified
Cathedral and the Alcazaba (fortress).
San Miguel de Cabo de Gata (Miles 9;
small fishermen village. Flamingos can be seen in the "Reserva de las Salinas".
Lighthouse "Cabo de Gata" (Miles 17)
Viewing point on the rock reef "Arrecife de las
35; 918 Inhabitants)
fishing village with a small marina. Holiday
centre for families. Nice beaches Playa de Mónsul and
Los Escullos (Miles 41, aprox. 60 Inhabitants)
another fishing village with a tower from the 18th
century. Long beach and beautiful cliff formations.
La Isleta del Moro (Miles 43;
small village near the viewing point "Mirador de La
Rodalquilar (Miles 45; 171 Inhabitants)
uninhabited village with remains of an old gold mine.
Excursion to the Playazo beach with its volcanic
cliffs and gorges.
Las Negras (Miles 48; 339 Inhabitants)
amazing fishing village located on a black hill close to
the bay of Cala de San Pedro.
Fernán Pérez (Miles 54; 351 Inhabitants)
Possible excursion on a non-paved road to the fishing
village Agua Amarga and to the cliffs of Mesa de
Roldán or to the Playa de los Muertos.
Níjar (Miles 63; 2,884
situated in a wide flatland where agaves grow. Famous is
this white village for its handicraft and for its Mudéjar
Lucainena de las Torres (Miles 75;
Village near the Sierra de Alhamilla. From here the
traveller continues his itinerary on the way to the N-340
pass "Los Llanos" and continue the road until Sorbas. There
can be explored an extended system of caves named
"Karst en Yeso" (only guided tours possible)
Tabernas (Miles 90; 3,646 Inhabitants)
Moorish Alcazaba (11th century). In the unique
Tabernas desert can be visited the Wild West Film Set of Mini-Hollywood
can be visited..
Los Millares (Miles 104)
Europe’s most important archaeological finds in an
ancient settlement from the cupper age (approx
2,700-1,800 BC). Remains of a necropolis.
Almería (Miles 120)
Note: the population dates
are from 2014
What may be visited after or
before these plans:
- Sierra de María-Los Vélez
- Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra
- Coast west of Almería
- Costa Tropical
- Route of Al-Isidri
- Málaga and the Costa del Sol