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Cabo de Gata Níjar Parque Natural UNESCO Global Geopark in Andalucia

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Parque Natural (Natural Park), in Almeria province is Andalucia's largest coastal protected area. It is a wild and isolated area with an ancient landscape. Some of the geological features are the oldest in Europe. Officially classified as a desert (Köppen climate classification) it is really a semi-arid zone due to the high humidity. Even so, the area is unique in Europe, being the driest in Europe with rainfall below 160 mm per year and average temperatures over 19 Centigrade.

The highest peak in the park, El Fraille, is Spain's largest volcanic rock formation. Its sharp, red and ochre peaks fall steeply to the Mediterranean sea where erosion has created 100 metre high cliffs with narrow gullies leading to white sandy beaches.

Offshore there are dozens of rocky isles and coral reefs teeming with marine life. In 1997 the Cabo de Gata was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2001 the area was included among the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance.

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Parque Natural

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Parque Natural is the last semi arid zone in Europe, a spectacular volcanic landscape ... Read the complete article >>


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Agua Amarga

Agua Amarga, a charming, small, unspoilt fishing village in the Cabo de Gata, in the municipality of Nijar, Almeria province, And ... Read the complete article >>


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Carboneras

A guide to Carboneras, a small fishing village on the Costa de Almeria, Andalucia, Spain. Written by a local expert. Discover its ... Read the complete article >>


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El Pozo de Los Frailes

El Pozo de Los Frailes (Well of the Friars) is a small village in Nijar municipality, in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar in Almeria provin ... Read the complete article >>


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Isleta de Moro

Isleta del Moro is a bay protected by a rocky peninsula and an island in the Cabo de Gata Nijar Parque Natural ... Read the complete article >>


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Nijar

Nijar, on the edge of the Cabo de Gata is known for pottery, chinado ceramics and Jarapa rugs. Níjar has been described as one ... Read the complete article >>


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Rodalquilar

Abandoned in 1966, the gold mining town of Rodalquilar in Nijar municipality, Almeria province, Andalucia is enjoying a tourist r ... Read the complete article >>


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San Jose

San Jose is a small unspoilt fishing village in the Cabo de Gata Nijar Parque Natural on the Costa Almeria, Andalucia, southern S ... Read the complete article >>


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Volcano House at Rodalquilar

The Volcano Learning Museum at Rodalquilar is the first Centre for Geotourism and Geodiversity of Andalucia. It offers an excepti ... Read the complete article >>


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Gold mine at Rodalquilar

In 1864, prospectors found gold in the caldera of a long extinct volcano in the Cabo de Gata in Almeria province. The gold rush t ... Read the complete article >>


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El Albardinal Botanic Garden

El Albardinal Botanic Garden is part of the Botanic Garden Network in Andalucia. It is in the Cabo de Gata at Rodalquilar, Nijar ... Read the complete article >>


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Volcano walk in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar

Walk from Presillas Bajas up a dry rambla and into the caldera of a long extinct volcano in the Cabo de Gata ... Read the complete article >>


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Crater del Hoyazo

This short walk has it all, an almost perfect caldera, fossils and a chance to see garnets and sapphires in the wild as it were ... Read the complete article >>


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Kayaking in the Cabo de Gata

Pirates, treasure, semi-precious stones, gold, fossils, cliffs, remote beaches and coves, caves and castles, reefs and underwater ... Read the complete article >>


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