The hidden paradise on the coast of Almeria

Almeria is a magical place that very few people know about. Apart from being one of the most touristic areas for travellers looking for the sun and beach, the region is a mystery for many. There mother nature hides unique places where the contrast of sea and desert creates an authentic setting for cinema. For many, this region is a mecca for the Spaghetti Western. But we aren’t going to discuss the arid countryside in today’s article but instead the lush, green landscape you will find here. We will go to the southern coast of Almeria and the Cabo de Gata Natural Park – Nijar.

 

This mediterranean paradise covers 460km2 of the municipality of Níjar, on the shores, wrapped in that unmistakable breeze that caresses the almerian coast. It was officially declared a Natural Park in 1987 because it is one of the zones most at risk with endangered animals that need protection.

 

However, it is not only the quantity and diversity of flora and fauna that exists in Cabo de Gata but also it is one of the most interesting places of volcanic origin to visit. As already mentioned, it combines areas of great aridity with Mediterranean vegetation that grows at the edge of the sea or in dense forests. An truly unique ecosystem, where the focus are the cliffs that stretch like works of art, 60km along the coast.

 

It’s important to underline that the classification of Cabo de Gata is not only a Natural Park on land but also below the waves the nature is also at risk. The currents that flow between northern Africa and the coast of Almeria means that many species that are not found anywhere else in the world, live here.

 

You can not talk about the seabed of Cabo de Gata without mentioning the oceanic Posidonia, which is responsible for conserving the waters of this coast with that turquoise colour and that pristine and aspect that is so typical of the Mediterranean.

 

Yes, nature has done wonders in Cabo de Gata but so has man. Although in some cases the construction has been perceived as undesirable, it has been of great help in maintaining the landscape, implementing economic  and productive activities that have turned out to be another reason for tourists to visit. The perfect example of this is the salineras, located on the coast, provide the best place to watch the sun go down. Other postcard worthy points of interest when visiting Cabo de Gata are the lighthouse and the Reef of Las Sirenas.

 

If you want to know more, we recommend you take advantage of the Easter holiday and getaway to this special part of Spain. You can disconnect, relax, enjoy the sunshine, play sports outdoors or on the beach and return home with unforgettable memories.

 

Enquire beforehand about the availability of the hotels close to Cabo de Gata. The lodging areas closest to the park are those of Retamar and El Toyo. There you will find some very good hotels for a reasonable price that will allow you to enjoy the incredible surroundings and provide you with many options for things to do. You can’t go wrong with Cabodegata Mar Garden Hotel & Spa, one of the most luxurious 4-star hotels of the Garden Hotels chain. Visit the official website and find yourself the best prices online.

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