Cabo de Gata Níjar Natural Park Almería
Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park – Almeria
The Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park was created in 1987, the first maritime-land Natural Reserve in Andalusia that includes one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Mediterranean. In Cabo de Gata you can admire a stretch of coastline marked out by cliffs, small and deserted coves, vast beaches and even reefs.
The dry weather conditions in Cabo de Gata are similar to those in large areas of North Africa or the Middle East, which identifies this place as the driest spot in Western Europe. Despite this and its apparent desert aspect it contains very peculiar forms of plant and animal life that have adapted to extreme conditions of aridity.
This is the only protected natural area of Andalusia, in its surface is including a nautical mile around the coast, which represents 12,200 hectares of protected marine environment. It contains three municipalities within its boundaries (Almería – Carboneras and Níjar), with a population exceeding 100,000 inhabitants.
It has volcanic mountain areas, sometimes so close to the coast that you can observe very spectacular cliffs between white sand beaches. The names given to many of them are a reflection of the multitude of historical events that have happened in the course of many centuries: La Playa de los Muertos, the one of Los Genoveses, …