Named, through history, as the “Pirate Coast”, this name comes from the maritime incursions of the Berbers and pirates that arrived at the coasts to get fresh water and rest in the calm villages before going back to the sea.
The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is Andalucía’s first maritime-land park. It is of volcanic origin and it is the largest protected space with ecological relevance of all the Western Europe Mediterranean Sea.
It has one of the most beautiful and rich coastal strips of the Mediterranean, with 65 kilometers of coast. This park has become one of the natural jewels for the tourism in Almería, Andalucía and the rest of Spain.
It has coves, nudists’ beaches, with rocky cliffs, sandy and pebbled beaches. It is not massively frequented, so the tourists can enjoy a mild climate to practice water sports and other activities relates to the marine world throughout the year.
It is one of my favorite paradises, where it is calm and peaceful.
The San Pedro cove is one of the few redoubts hippies left in Spain. Many people, not only hippies, camp there for an indeterminate period of time.
The beach has crystalline water, surrounded by a small mountain 45 minutes away walking from the road. The water allows you to dive and see a great quantity of fish and plants and you can canoe and do other sports as well. In the cove there are only two bars, one in the shore and the other in a castle in ruins. The menu is very limited but it allows you to survive the heat and thirst.
It is a calm place that allows you to forget the noise and busy life. You can feel like a free person without worries for a few days.
There are two ways to get there: by walking during 45 minutes along a rocky road that descends from a little mountain to the road. It is not very recommendable, especially for the way back. The best option is to go to the town of Las Negras, take a taxi-boat and you will get there for 12 Euros, and you can arrange the time you want to go back. If you are lucky the driver will take you to some natural caves on the way. This way also allows you to enjoy the landscape, the sea and the cliffs.
I never fail to visit this Las Sirenas Reef when I go to Cabo de Gata. Its in the town of Cabo de Gata and is by a long straight road that goes to the left next to the salt fields. At the end you will find a small lone church - depending on what time of day it is it may seem "sinister". From there, continue up a narrow road (with very steep curves) which leads to the Cape. Here you will find a viewpoint where you can see sharp coral rocks jutting out from the sea.
Acantidos is right in the Cabo de Gata where you can go by car and stop to explore the numerous coves that are in the park. A place to perederse for a week of the most diverse, camping, guesthouses, campsites, etc. .... It is better to go in spring, although there are small beach bars that open only in summer, yet, you will find some hiding places among the cliffs to enjoy a good beverage. A paradise intent on ruining a policy that fosters a "quality tourism", which is nothing more than a tourism with a high economic level, to finish in this "hippy" paradise which is what this area has always been.
On the feast of the Virgin of Carmen, the sailors of this small village, accompanied by the priest serving the local church, embark and stroll the harbor waters with the image of the Virgin, after a Mass having been celebrated. The whole town and many visitors stay and watch the boats leave, sometimes from their boat rides.
A beautiful cove with calm and crystaline waters, which is reached by a road of soil from San José. This sandy area has got a nudist part and a woodland somewhere. Within walking distance, if you approach Monsul Beach, you can enjoy one of the scenes of "The Last Crusade" Indiana Jones. Almeria Villas http://www.Toprural.Com/andalucia/casas-rurales-almeria_bd-es-04.htm
This is an impressive corner of the Almeria coast, a few minutes from the Isleta del Moro and San Jose. The beaches of El Monsul and The Genoese are not far away. When you visit this area stay in the small hotel, named Los Escullos, where you can enjoy a good rest and good food.
You get to the lighthouse and you have got these views on one side and on the other hand also the great sea. On windy days it is better not to go visit it because the wind can hurt you. You can walk around and there is only an information booth. It is more crowded at the weekends but it is still not overcrowded.
The Church of Salinas has been recently restored and it constitutes an emblematic religious building which stands in the heart of Cabo de Gata National Park of Las Salinas. The church has been recently restored and it constitutes an emblematic religious building in the heart of the national park of Cabo de Gata, going to visit it is an experience full of the charm of Andalusia!
At just 30 km away from Almeria in the confines of the largest natural park in Spain, there is an incredible almost unspoiled beach, more than 5 km of fine sand, clear waters and an atmosphere of total relaxation. Good communications and services.
A 20 minute drive down a dirt road through unspoiled countryside, opens out to a beautiful sandy cove, with crystal clear water. There are no facilities there, so take all you need for a beautiful beach day on the Mediterranean.
The path leading to Cortijo del Fraile to Montano and Hornillo is a path of medium difficulty (although the only difficulty I see is the heat and dust that any occasional car passing through the sameraised raised .. Although it was not very common) it can take you to go through it about 3 hours and are nearly 8 miles of walking, but is well worth it as the scenery and the trail itself are gorgeous. If you pass through the three cottages in the area, you will see these are a clear evidence of the adaptation of the architecture to the environment and also the representation of a culture that, among others, helped inspire Federico García Lorca when writing "Blood Wedding". The landscape is semi-desert, you will find very many pitas, wells and cisterns, and strangely enough, some olive trees and even farms that are still in operation