Natural Park of Cape Gata-Níjar

Andalusia's first maritime-terrestrial park

It is a park of volcanic origin and the maritime-terrestrial protected area of greater area and ecological relevance of the entire European Western Mediterranean Sea.

Their 63 Km. coasts are home to cliffs and seabeds listed among the highest quality on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

Being one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich coastal strips of the western Mediterranean and an expans of 38.000 You, to which you have to add a sea strip a mile wide (12.000 You), The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata has become one of the natural jewels for tourism in Almería, Andalusia and all of Spain.

Cabo de Gata Níjar Natural Park

Special Protection Area for Birds [Zepa (1989)
Wetland of International Importance [Ramsar (1989) in Las Salinas del Cabo de Gata
Biosphere Reserve (1997)
Specially Protected Area of Importance to the Mediterranean [ZEPIM (2001)
Geopark (2001)

Cape cat, Flora, Fauna and Topography

The Cape de Gata Lighthouse and the Mermaid Reef

They are two of the most representative icons of the province of Almería.

The Cape de Gata

a magical place in the Mediterranean

The Natural Park will find the towns of Cabo de Gata, its fascinating beaches and coves, views and landscapes of the most interesting areas of the Natural Park, environmental information and history of the area.

The fauna and flora of the park include a large group of particularly interesting species due to being endemic or geographically restricted to nearby areas, threatened with extinction, essential to the normal development of ecosystems or to be a significant economic resource.

The ecological importance of Cabo de Gata is at its source, volcanic nature, semi-arid climate, maritime-terrestrial character. The Most Important Habitats: Mediterranean steppe, dune formations, Salinas, coastal cliffs and sea fanerogam meadows. From the terrestrial fauna of Cabo de Gata we can classify it into two different biotopes: grassland and stephed area.

The Volcanic Complex of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park was formed in the period between 15 And 16 millions of years, and is the emerging part of a large submerged magmatic area that extends across the Alborán Sea area.

Geographical location and climatic characteristics mean that marine species normally populated on either side of the virtual border of sea currents between Cape Gata and North Africa coexist in the protected maritime strip, without such a circumstance anywhere else on the planet.

The vegetable catalogue consists of more than 1.000 terrestrial species and up to 250 Marine, including some of the utmost ecological importance, such as Posidonia oceanica.

The Flora of Cabo de Gata-Níjar is characterized by the sub-arid climate with high medium humidity and high evaporation and solar explosion, and with low-fixation soils and volcanic relief.

When it comes to wildlife, the park has an impressive diversity of terrestrial and marine invertebrates. Among the first are more than twenty endemisms and between the second, the vast majority of taxonomic groups described are represented.

Marine fauna is a predominant factor. We'll distinguish three different biotopes:

  1. sandy bottoms
  2. rock bottoms
  3. ocean posidónia meadows.

Birds in the Natural Park are also a characteristic factor, and we can distinguish three environments: The pasture or marsh area, the orchard area and the step-by-step zone.

Activities and Leisure

You can also, find a wide range of qualified accommodation: Hotels, Hostels, Camping, Houses and apartments and rural accommodation. To eat there is a selection of restaurants.

You will also find information about the activities and leisure Diving centers, Nautical activities boats and Kayaking, routes and excursions, bicycles in Cabo de Gata, art and crafts and shows and leisure.

Localities of the Cape cat

Almadraba de Monteleva

It is a small fishing village and saltpeter around the beach of its name and, although few are already in place today to keep the whole salt process going. It is located very close to Cabo de Gata In the town there are some hotel and houses and apartments.

San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

It belongs to the municipality of Almería. Many of its inhabitants are still engaged in artisanal fishing, making it an ideal place to taste fresh and varied fish.

Bitter Water

It sustains part of its fishing tradition, although it has become a great resort on the coast. The village has houses and apartments, Rural accommodations and some charming hotel.

The Sculpters

Small fishing and touristic center located in the cove of its name, under the fraile hill and next to Playa del Arco.

Mouth of the Friars

It is located outside the tourist development area, it's an ideal place if you're looking for a quiet place, but close to all the localities of the park. Rural accommodation can be found in the village.

Rodalquilar

Populated with mining origin located in a valley of unusual beauty, closed circularly through the mountains and mining hills, no longer active. Currently the village is the administrative capital of the park. It has a Hotel, Restaurant, houses and apartments, rural accommodation, diving centre.

St. Joseph of Nijar

Park resort par excellence, has a wide variety of services: Hotels, Hostels and Hostels, Houses and apartments, Restaurants, Diving centres. The town is located very close to the most attractive unspoiled beaches in the area.

The Islet of the Moor

It is a small fishing and touristic center located near Los Escullos, next to a colossal rock and an islet from which it gets its name. The people have undergone a major transformation in recent years. Rural accommodation can be found in the village, Houses, apartments and diving center and kayaks.

Black

Beautiful corner of spectacular geology and fishing environment.
Its transformation into a place of tourist interest in recent years is being spectacular. It has hotels, Restaurants, houses and apartments, nautical activities and a diving and camping centre.

Fernán Pérez

It is not a locality of recognized tourist infrastructures, although what you're looking for is a rural setting accompanied by tranquillity, this is the right place. In this town there are some houses and apartments, and a restaurant.

Carboneras

Carboneras, is one of the localities within the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, has around the 70% surface belonging to it. Even if the village is out of the park. Further, in front of Carboneras is the Island of San Andrés, Protected natural monument of Andalusia, has numerous species of fish, Birds, Marimos funds, both on the surface and under water. It also has one of the best beaches in Spain, the so-called "Beach of the Dead".

The Hortichuelas

Small town located at 2 Km. off the coast, in a valley of spectacular view and still retaining the traditional air of the Mediterranean villages. Here are some holiday homes and apartments.

The Well of the Friars

It consists of small old town and a restored S.XIV farmhouse. The town has achieved significant tourism development, and now only a small part of the village retains its old look, but the set has a clear Arabesque style. Here we find some houses and apartments and rural accommodation