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A protected nature reserve of volcanic origin featuring black rocks in sharp peaks

Bordering the coastline with vast beautiful spaces extending up to 45,000 hectares, this UNESCO protected biosphere reserve called Cabo de Gata is a must-see in the Almeria region. The scattered sleepy fishing villages such as San Jose, Nijar and Carboneras, are practical pit-stops while you enjoy numerous activities such as cliff jumping into the sea, coral reef diving, swimming at virgin beaches in sapphire coloured waters or going hiking off the beaten track. The Spaniards recommend these beaches as some of the most beautiful in the country like Playa Monsul and Playa de los Muertos. These are ideal places to switch off and enjoy nature in its purest form. One can also find well-hidden ‘cala’ gems as they are called locally or coves within the beach areas, such as Cala Chica or Cala San Pedro practically only accessible by foot. Just outside the nature reserve, you can make a pit-stop at the ‘Cuevas de Sorbas’ where you can discover prehistoric caves in their natural state without man-made corridors, depending on your physical condition. For those who would like to enjoy a longer drive, venture up to the Los Velez region, more specifically to the caves called ‘Cuevas de los letreros’ which is a UNESCO world heritage site; or pop into another of the 25 caves in the area. These caves are famous for their 6000-year-old rock paintings of symbols, birds, animals and human figures. The region of Almeria has coincidentally kept one of these drawings as the symbol of the region called the ‘indalo’.

Accommodations in this area:

Cortijo El Sarmiento - Mojacar, Almeria