Spain: visiting Cabo de Gata

The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in Almería covers 60 km of magnificent coastline where cliffs plunge into turquoise seas.  This reserve includes villages, beaches, coral reefs with stunning marine life and vast green areas, which have been protected from urbanization and mass tourism.

If, like us, you want to escape the crazy seaside resorts and prefer to enjoy amazing beaches and fantastic landscape, then Cabo de Gata is a must on your itinerary.

We spent 4 days exploring the park and loved every minute of it!

Curious to see how it looks like?  Watch our video:

 

Practical tips:

  • When you drive to Cabo de Gata, you will go through an area often called “the Plastic Sea”.  This area is full of greenhouses and it looks pretty run down.  Don’t be discouraged…. drive on, and you will reach a hidden gem!
  • Wild camping is tollerated during low season but not allowed during high season.  We spent one night near the Light House and one on the beach at Los Escullos.
  • Once the parking areas of Monsul and Los Geneveses beaches are full, the park ranchers will not allowed more visitors.  Therefore it is best to arrive early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
  • If you get tired of sea and sand, head inland of the beaches and check out the old mining area around Rodalquilar.   Cabo de Gata is also a paradise for those loving trekking.
  • Best time to visit: late spring and September/early October.

Interested in our off-the-beaten-track itinerary in Spain?  Click here.

Date of trip:  September 2017

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