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Cabo de Gata

Cabo de Gata takes pride in being Andalucia’s largest protected coastal area. The area is one of Spain’s more important tourist destinations because of its unique geological features and landscape. Covering 12,000 hectares (land under water) and 38,000 hectares of land, the annual temperature is 20º C , the climate is Mediterranean, and average sea temperature is 17.7ºC.

The desert-like landscape of Cabo de Gata and Nijar Natural Park lies 30 kilometres from a mountain range. Coastal areas are populated by fishermen. Various water sports and fishing activities can also be enjoyed at Cabo de Gata - Nijar Natural Park.

The park is proud to have preserved its natural beauty. Cabo de Gata attracts pink flamingos and other species of birds to feast on the salt flats. Tourists are also attracted to this interesting park because it features unique scenery, quiet coves, sandy beaches, and crystalline waters perfect for water activities like windsurfing and sailing.

Cabo de Gata also abounds in rich marine life and tiny rocky islands. Main exhibitions at this park include the sea, saltpan, flora, and the volcanic geology. More interesting activities and destinations in Cabo de Gata are the following:

• La Isleta - tiny fishing hamlet;
• Las Negars with its attractive beach and cliff;
• Playas de los Muertos beach;
• San Jose coastal village;
• Agua Amarga - fishing village; and
• Los Escullos an 18th century castle found on top of fossilized sand.


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