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“lovely and peaceful”

Cabo de Gata - Nijar Natural Park
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Kayak Tour of Cabo de Gata Natural Park
Ranked #1 of 70 things to do in Almeria
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“lovely and peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

We enjoyed the peaceful environment of the natural park and watched the birds on the water from a hide, which was wonderful. Also had coffee in a small village and watched the fisherman sort their catch and sell fish to the locals, it was a lovely restful and interesting experience

Visited April 2014
Thank J0ncas
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Granada, Andalucia, Spain
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“A marine natural park that is really welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

When I say "natural" I also mean "naturist" as there is a beach that allows or even insists on no clothing.

The main thing to understand is that there are essentially two parts to the Cabo de Gata with only a footpath rather than a drivable road connecting them. The Western part is the rather uninspiring town of San Miguel de Cabo de Gata which has a quite nice waterfowl reserve but otherwise is not worth the effort.

Cross to San José and things start to get more interesting. San José is a pleasant enough place and the gateway to the two fabulous beaches, approachable by road, one of which is the naturist beach of Playa de Mónsul - here the naked and the clothed are seperated by a large rock and it is best to reserve your pitch (whichever side suits you) early to have some shade.

Going East from San José there are wonderful sights, an old gold mining village with outrageous cacti, now abandoned, fabulous views, excellent restaurants, small happy beaches (most of them stony rather than sandy) you can happly explore for many days and then go North to Nijar which is a wonderful place to buy rugs and pottery. I do not recommend going past Agua Amarga as it takes you out of the magic of this coast and into the commercialism of Mojacar and its satellites.

You could easily spend a week here, it starts in sight of Almeria airport and a cheap rental car will allow you to visit everywhere.

Visited September 2013
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“Excellent unspoilt area of the Spanish med.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

Came here in March and the scenery was spectacular and weather was hot and sunny. I imagine in might be a little too hot in midsummer but the temperature was perfect in March. Great for those who love natural scenery, mountains, desert, salt pans and great beaches, all pretty much unspoilt with most of the people around being Spanish rather than English or German! The flowers at this time of year were very pretty and it was great fun trying to spot famous film locations here and it the Tabernas desert.

Visited March 2014
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Stavanger, Norway
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“Dry but not dull!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Natural Park (not a National Park, mind you) is a worn volcanic landscape that has several villages and is a free space. Interesting, but not indispensable.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“An Unspoilt Costa Actually Exists!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

So much of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline has been spoilt be development. This unspoilt are therefore is very special. There are saltpans with hides where you can see flamingos and other interesting birds. there are beautiful quiet beaches, little villages, miradors and the mountains. I only spent a day there but will definitely go back and explore further.

Visited February 2014
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