Cabo de Gata
The charms of enjoying an everlasting summer
One hour from our cave houses is Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, the first protected maritime-terrestrial area in Andalusia. Its astonishing contrast among the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment, a big number of exclusive species and the very features of one of the most arid ecosystem in Europe awarded it the international recognition as Biosphere Reserve and Geopark.
The best part of its ecological and landscape peculiarities comes from the lack of a climatic winter and its geological diversity, whose ochre, black and red colours fascinate the visitor due to its singular beauty.
A unique place by the sea
Cabo de Gata-Níjar has 30 miles of the most preserved cliff coast along the European Mediterranean coastal. It is in this impressive coastal façade with such steep cliffs that urban beaches like San José and Aguamarga take place; magnificent natural beaches, such as Mónsul and Los Genoveses; remote and almost unreachable small bays, like Carnaje and Enmedio; and spectacular volcanic and reef cliffs, such as Punta de los Muertos and Mesa Roldán.
Besides, this area also has a semiarid climate with light rain and limited water resources, producing weak and poorly developed soils that, however, are home to one of the most extraordinary flora of the European continent, with more than 1.000 exclusive species.
One of its most significant features is its civilised character. Many abandoned country houses, as well as waterwheels, wells and mills (declared an Asset of Cultural Interest) become a part of the landscape and witness a lost culture that remains connected to a traditional use of natural resources.
The improvement of infrastructures towards a sustainable development model and the variety of activities (diving, bicycle touring, etc.) show the visitor the wealth of this natural space.
Visiting the fishing neighbourhood (on La Isleta del Moro), admiring the matchless beauty of Playa de los Muertos or peering over the amazing cliffs of Los Escullos are some of the unique experiences offered by this exceptional environment.