Parque Natural

The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata

The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata
was formed in 1987, situated to the East of Almeria city and covers some 50,000 hectares between Retamar and Agua Amarga including 12,000 hectares of the seafloor

The Parque lies in what is officially the driest place in Europe and has been identified as sub tropical climate enjoying more than 3000 hours of sun per year and only 100mm of rainfall. A very arid and sun scorched area that has somehow found ways to support the many different types of plant and wildlife found in the Parque.

The area is also a paradise for artists and photographers alike and attracts film makers from all over the world looking for stunning scenery, which is not hard to find around the Parque. The esparto grass, cactus and prickly pear strewn desert like surroundings in the area have lent themselves to a great number of films, such as :- The good, the bad and the ugly, A fistful of dollars, For a few dollars more and Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark to name just a small selection

Geography….
The terrain is mainly volcanic with swathes of limestone and other minerals banded in the hardened lava flows and reaches heights of up to 1,500 ft.

Things to do….
The area has much to offer to holiday makers from watching the hundreds of migratory birds and wildfowl at the Salinas de Cabo de Gata to the often deserted beaches and coves of the coastline. Huge volcanic cliffs drop into the Mediterranean sea and continue to form the rugged and unspoilt seabed with it´s many species of marine life. The Parque has lots of typical small Pueblos offering many types of diversion from golden sanded beaches and coves to rambling,mountain biking, Scuba diving, windsurfing and horse trekking to name but a few.

There is also a small but busy port which offers berths for up to 12m craft at San José which is the principal town of the Parque. In the area you will find a huge array of local produce such as pottery, rugs, lamps and furniture which is produced by local pueblos and can be seen at most souvenir shops.