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Desert, mountains and a wild romantic coast

A landscape that seems to be a puzzle!
The 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".

 

Highlights

- Natural park
  Cabo de Gata
- Níjar
- Tabernas
- Los Millares

 

 

Essentials

 

Short description
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 María-Los Vélez.

 

Itinerary
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.

 

Time needed
1-2 days

 

Distance
approx. 200 Km / 125 miles

 

Best travel season
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 areas
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.

 

Tourist infrastructure


Tourist information

Almería
Parque Nicolás Salmerón
Níjar
C/Correos
Cabo de Gata-Níjar
Visitor's centre "Las Amoladeras"

 

Accommodation

Many 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 available: campsites.
A large number of hotels can be found west of Almería in Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar.

 

Activities

Almería
Diving, Cycling, Mountain Hiking, Horseriding
Cabo de Gata
Windsurfing
Los Escullos
Diving, Horseriding
Níjar
Cycling, Hiking
San José
Marina, Diving

 

Feasts/Festivals

Patron Saint Feasts / Ferias

almost each town celebrates its own patron saint, a procession and/or its "feria" (fair).


Pilgrimages - "Romerías"

Níjar
Virgen del Rosario (Oct.)
Tabernas
San Isidro (Mid of May)

 

Others

Almería
Semana Santa
Feria (End of Aug.)
Níjar
Feria (End of Sept.)

 

Itinerary

 

Almería (Miles 0; 193,351 Inhabitants)
the tranquil capital of the province with its outstanding fortified Cathedral and the Alcazaba (fortress).

San Miguel de Cabo de Gata (Miles 9;
1.583 Inhabitants)
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 Sirenas".

San José (Miles 35; 918 Inhabitants)
fishing village with a small marina. Holiday centre for families. Nice beaches Playa de Mónsul and Playa de los Genoveses.

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;
218 Inhabitants)
small village near the viewing point "Mirador de La Amatista".

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 Inhabitants)
situated in a wide flatland where agaves grow. Famous is this white village for its handicraft and for its Mudéjar style church.

Lucainena de las Torres (Miles 75;
614 Inhabitants)
Village near the Sierra de Alhamilla. From here the traveller continues his itinerary on the way to the N-340
Excursion:  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

To combine with...

 

What may be visited after or before these plans:

- Sierra de María-Los Vélez
- Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra
- Coast west of Almería
- Costa Tropical

- Granada
- Route of Al-Isidri
- Málaga and the Costa del Sol

 


 


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