Where:Almeria, Southern Spain
When: Summer (June – Aug) for the sun, autumn (sept-oct) to explore the natural wonders
Happenings: Water sports, film theme park, birds & delicious seafood
Remember to bring: A taste for fun and adventure
Where it’s at
The Parque Natural of Cabo de Gata-Nijar is the major ecological attraction in Almeria. It’s a dramatic 20 mile stretch of arid valleys and volcanic mountains, with the Mediterranean lapping at it’s edges. It’s the untouched gem of the Southern Spanish coast.
The park is dotted with hidden coves and beaches to explore such as San Pedro. You can either walk there or take a boat around the coast from Las Negras and sleep on the beach.
Small fishing cillages in the locality like Isleta del Moro are wonderful place to sample the catch of the day. The finest speciality is Calamres a la Plancha, whole squid chargrilled in olive oil.
With 12,000 hectares of the park under crystal clear water, it’s an ideal spot for scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing and other water sports.
When to go
Summer is the time to visit when temperature sore up to 110F, but the autumn is an equally fine time to visit and enjoy the cooler temperatures and natural wonders.
Things to see and do
The vast salt flats are a birdwatchers paradise with more than 170 different species of birds recorded thoughout the year including storks, emmets and pink flamingos.
The arid plains outside of Tabernas bear a remarkable similarity to the badlands of Arizona and provided a stunning set for spaghetti western like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars. Many of the original sets have been left behind and converted into a theme park known as Mini Hollywood.
Cabo de Gata-Nijar Information Office
Tel: 950 16 04 35
main image: Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata – note Iglesia de San Miguel an important landmark, in the back ground. You can also see the flamingoes for which the area is famous by Martyn Thompson (Cabo de Gata Photography)
By Jess Halliday