Nature is exhibited in all its possible forms in  Cabo de Gata . On one side are the sands of the Tabernas desert. On the other, there is also sand, but now they are bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean and form the beautiful beaches of its coast. Salt flats, volcanic chimneys, geological formations and a long etcetera complete the landscape of this magical maritime-terrestrial natural park.

There are many options to experience Cabo de Gata with all our senses, but perhaps one life is not enough. 

Gata Lighthouse

The most special point of the natural park cannot be other than its imposing lighthouse. This was built on the ruins of the castle of San Francisco de Paula , which “formed part of the maritime defense battery of the Almería coast”, they explain, and which was destroyed during the War of Independence. The watchtower was built in 1863 on the edge of a 50-meter cliff and since then it has been the lookout for ships that have approached the coast.Cabo de Gata Lighthouse. 

And under the cliff, a set of volcanic chimneys known as the Arrecife de las Sirenas emerge abruptly from the sea . The name originates from the number of monk seals that inhabited the place, whose cries the sailors confused with the songs of the siren.

The most idyllic beaches

The Alboran Sea breaks its waves on the shores of Cabo de Gata. Upon arrival, those blue waters run into an arid landscape of singular beauty and give us endless beaches and spectacular coves . One of the longest takes its name from the cape and leaves the esplanade of the salt flats behind it . Nothing but peace and tranquility we will find here.Beach of the Dead.Beach of the Dead. 

Los Genoveses beach , with its immensity of fine sand, or Mónsul beach , marked by a dune of colossal size, are other treasures that the natural park offers us. Although we cannot forget other enclaves that will captivate us in the same way, such as Los Muertos beach or Los Escullos, where we will find the iconic natural arch that has become a symbol in the area.

It is difficult to choose between one place or another, but they all share an unspoiled beauty, a calm atmosphere and a bewitching aura that makes us want to set foot on its sands again.

The quiet life of the villages

The nature of Cabo de Gata is stunning, but it would not be the same without the towns that dot the place. In them, life goes by serenely, as in small bubbles oblivious to the outside world. Perhaps the most popular in the area is the idyllic town of San José , which despite being “the center of tourism in the natural park”, as detailed, still clings strongly to its seafaring essence and that typical architecture. of white houses that contrast with the soft hills and their blackish tones.San Jose town.St. Joseph’s Village.

Even more calm and imperturbable is the atmosphere in other small population centers such as Las Negras or La Isleta del Moro . And it is that in them we will not find more than fishing boats moved by the gentle swaying of the waves, beautiful beaches of dark sand and restaurants with the most exquisite cuisine in the area. But the coast is not the only place where the settlers of these lands settled; In the heart of the natural park stands the tiny town of Rodalquilar , once renowned for its gold mines.

Although just moving between the towns is already a magical experience. In these lands of arid and rounded hills, the roads reveal a new landscape at each curve . And at the top of those hills, the asphalt is lost from our vision and only the sky remains as our destination.Rodalquilar.Rodalquilar.

In this network of paths, the Mirador de la Amatista is a mandatory stop , a natural balcony that gives us a beautiful postcard from above. With the precipice under our feet, the immensity of the sea opens before our eyes and merges with the sky in a blue kiss. The landscape is completed by the silhouette of Pico de los Frailes , an ancient volcano that rises in the distance as the highest elevation in the entire park.

Endless activities in nature

As expected, in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park the activities in nature are endless. The first of all are the incredible hiking trails that we can do in the area. For example, the Tourist Office recommends the one that takes us along 11 kilometers from Las Negras to the district of Agua Amarga, passing through the Castillo de San Pedro and Cala El Plomo. Another impressive route is the one that takes us into the Caldera de Majada Redonda , a spectacular volcanic landscape covered with hearts of palm, pitas and prickly pears. Likewise, we can move between the towns and beaches following nature trails.Fish by the shore.Fishes swimming on the coast.

But beyond their lands, the aquatic plans also take the cake. The rich sea beds full of life provide us with the perfect setting to submerge ourselves and discover the depths by snorkeling or scuba diving . Thousands of fish, sunken ships, posidonia meadows, corals and underwater caves await there.

And of course, on the surface we will be able to contemplate Cabo de Gata from a unique perspective and do kayak routes , boat trips or tour the coast with a paddle surf board .

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