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Guide to San Jose, a small fishing village in the Cabo de Gata on the Costa Almeria

in Nijar Municipality in Almería Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 25 May 2020
Playa San Jose and marina San Jose - old town The marina at San Jose Paseo San Jose - in winter Run of restaurants - San Jose

It seems that more and more people are finding their way to San José, the largest town in the Cabo de Gata – Nijar Natural Park. Not too many years ago many streets in San José were as sandy as the beach, not that there were many streets. Today they are paved and there is a paseo. The resident population is less than 900 but in summer it can top 4000, which explains the number of holiday apartments. However, San José has managed to retain all its charm.

The Heart of San José

The heart of San José is its marina. Situated at the north end of the Playa de San José, this picture postcard, whitewashed marina only has a few dozen berths for pleasure craft and a few more for the local fishing boats. Along one side there is a run of well-established restaurants, all with a view over the beach and the boats, and many of them serve fresh fish brought in by the same fishing boats. Right at the furthest end of the quay is the silver service Restaurante Botavara – well worth the walk.

The town sits behind the sandy beach. The oldest buildings are on the paseo and the main street that runs parallel to it and they become progressively newer as you look up the hillsides that surround the town. During the summer there are a whole raft of bars and restaurants to choose from, apart from those by the marina. On Sundays a craft market occupies the paseo, mainly artisan products including locally manufactured aloe vera. In winter the town is much quieter. Many of the bars and restaurants close, only a few remaining open to cater for the locals.

Tourist Information

Whatever the season, San José is the perfect base from which to explore the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park. It is roughly halfway along the coast of the Natural Park with fantastic and spectacular beaches on either side. The tourist office on the main street, operated by a local business that also has a better than average souvenir shop, has plenty of information about walks and activities in the area.

Return to Cabo de Gata-Níjar Parque Natural travel guide
Return to Costa de Almeria travel guide
Go to: Almería province
Go to: Almería city
Go to: Nijar town

Places to go in Nijar municipality

Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Visit a gold mine at Rodalquilar
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | El Albardinal Botanic Garden at Rodalquilar
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Volcano House Centre for Geotourism and Geodiversity of Andalucia at Rodalquilar

Villages in Nijar municipality

Guide to Nijar, on the edge of the Cabo de Gata
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to the mining town of Rodalquilar
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to Agua Amarga, a pretty, small, unspoilt fishing village
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to El Pozo de Los Frailes

Walking in Nijar municipality

A Volcano Walk in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

Find San Jose on the map

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Submitted by Frank on 5 Feb 2020
Hello Nick, Thank you for your helpfull acticle about San José. I would like to ask you, if there is possibility to fish in San José? My family is going there for 1 month holiday, some of us are fishermen. Is it possible to get fishing permint/license in San Jose? What is the weather during september/october? Is San José in dangerous area, where flash floods sometimes occur? Any answer would be really appreciated. F.

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Hi Frank. Starting at the back. San Jose is pretty safe regarding flash floods. September/October are great months to visit, Dry, not too hot, sea still warm enough to take a dip. As regards fishing. Much of the Cabo de Gata coast and the coastal shelf is a nature reserve. Fishing is tightly controlled. However, locals do get licences to fish off the shore. Your best bet is to join a forum, the Mojacar Forum is very active. Ask your fishing questions there.

Submitted by Mike on 4 Feb 2020
How far from Turre is it and what’s the costs to stay there please

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Hi Mike, It's about 45 kilometres. As regards prices, you will have to check on, depends what you want.

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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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