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It was into early January when my wife and I were left with only our last two days in the Costa del Sol area of Spain - and we still had a long drive ahead to deliver our rental car up the coast from Nerja (near Velez-Malaga) to Alicante. We decided to break the trip up with an overnight stop somewhere in the middle and, in keeping with what makes us happy, we decided to see what the undeveloped coastal area of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Park had to offer.
Based on what Wikipedia says, it sounded very interesting: "Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a nature reserve near Almería, Spain. It is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata, and 120 km² of the sea as a part of a Marine reserve. It is of volcanic origin and is centred around the Cabo de Gata headland. Its climate is semiarid to the extent of being the driest location in Europe. In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Among its rich plant life are a number of endemic xerophytes in the terrestrial zone and the important Posidonia seagrass in the marine zone. Up until the 1960s it was one of the last locations where the endangered monk seal bred in Spain, the islet of Tabarca being the other."
In the end, we had a nice mix of clouds and sunshine and really enjoyed its remoteness and the scarcity of other tourists as we checked out its many interesting features. We also found the small town of San José in which to spend the night - one of our favourite places! Thanks to Google, my 'General' tip gives a nice overview map of the mountains and coastline shape in the area of the Cape, as well as our route and the main attractions that impressed us. However, the second 'General' tip includes another Google map that gives quite a different perspective on Cap San Agustin - the cape on the other side of Almeria.
- Pros:Amazing beaches and mountains with little rainfall
- Cons:Reported to be very busy in the summer but still nothing like the more southerly areas
- In a nutshell:The winter off-season visit was perfect for us!
Unfortunately, not one of my favourite things or fondest memory. As we passed through this beautiful area on our drives... more travel advice
We decided to take a different route on our way out of San José, turning right a short way out of town to head toward... more travel advice
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