Best beaches in Cabo de Gata


Natural Park Cabo de Gata boasts several marvellous beaches.  Devoid of the massive tourist development, the spectacular Cabo de Gata park has managed to preserve it’s natural beauty and it’s virgin beaches are real pearls.

Amazing mountain views, colourful cliffs, volcanic rock formations, sub-desert lunar landscape, both pebbled and sandy beaches and crystal clear water. All this you will find on the Cabo de Gata coastline.

Most popular beaches in Cabo de Gata

1. Los Muertos beach – northernmost of the beaches in Cabo de Gata. The access to the beach is very difficult, definitely not suitable for elderly people. You need to park your car on the top of a hill (the fee in summer season is 4 Euros) and from the parking place there is a 1 kilometre long trail down the rocky slope which leads straight to the beach. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the beach.

The northern side of the beach is dominated by nudists, the southern part is for other beach goers. The water is crystal-clear, but the waves can be big sometimes. Because the beach is located in a very remote place it’s never overcrowded. In fact, off-season it is mostly empty.

There are no beach bars or any other facilities at the beach, so don’t forget to bring plenty of water as well some sun protection. There is no sand, only pebbles everywhere, which makes the water crystal-clear and very enjoyable.

Tip for photographers: the best view of the Los Muertos beach is available from the balcony viewpoint towering over the beach. There is a very steep path connecting the balcony with the beach, so if you are a fit, you can try reaching the beach this way.


2. El Playazo beach – is located near the village of Rodalquilar. Unlike many beaches in Cabo de Gata, this beach can be accessed very easily by car which makes it a great family beach. The narrow half paved half dirt road (no stones) leads straight to the small parking place at the beach. In high season most people park their cars along the road. The beach features ruins of the eighteenth century San Ramon’s Castle.

The small northern part of the beach, divided from the main beach by big rocks, is popular among the nudists. The main beach is or the regular beach goers. The water is very peaceful and shallow everywhere, so the beach can be recommended to the families with kids. It’s a sandy beach, another argument to bring your kids here!


3. Monsul beach – is located in the southern part of Cabo de Gata, past the village of San Jose. This sandy beach with nice shallow water has no beach facilities as it is located in the nature park.

Playa de Monsul is a volcanic beach boasting some amazing rock formations. On sunny days the oddly shaped rocks give plenty of shade to the beach goers. The unique beauty of the beach made it popular among film directors and producers of commercials. For example, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by Steven Spielberg were filmed here.

To access Monsul beach you will have to drive a couple of kilometres on an uneven dirt road punctuated with small rocks. Drive very slowly, or else it will be a nightmare for you cars’ suspension, unless you are driving an SUV.


4. Los Genoveses beach – the access road is the same as to the Monsul beach, luckily, however, much shorter. Turn left at the first fork in the dirt road to get to the Los Genoveses beach, the path on the right leads further to the Monsul.

Los Genoveses is a very long sandy beach, great for families with kids as the water is shallow and warm. No beach facilities are available. It’s often frequented by nudists. Playa Los Genoveses is located about 2 kilometres from the village of San Jose, so you can also get there by local bus (2 Euros), but you will still have to walk some distance from the bus stop.


5. Cabo de Gata beach – nice beach located south of the small town Cabo de Gata, only 20 kilometres from Almeria. The beach is easily recognizable by a big fenced lighthouse, and it’s very easily accessible as there are no hills around. The parking is located almost on the beach itself. The town’s paseo maritimo with two or three restaurants is located some 200 metres form the beach. It’s a calm pleasant beach with very few people coming here even in high season.


6. Las Salinas wetlands – it’s not exactly a beach, but the place deserves a closer look if you are nearby on the beach. If you are a birdwatcher this is a must stop. It’s located just next to Cabo de Gata local beach.

The place is a resting place for all kinds of birds, both migrating and resident, nearly 100 species. In summer, the lagoon swarms with migrating Greater Flamingos which can be quite a sight. There are a couple of observing points located around the reservoir and the whole place is fenced to make sure you do not disturb the birds.



City with ancient heritage

Antequera is a fairly inconspicuous city north of Malaga. Because of it’s central position in Andalucia, between Seville, Granada, and Cordoba, it is often called “the heart of Andalucía”. Antequera boasts many interesting places to see, however, it remains unspoilt by massive tourism.

The fortress of Alcazaba stands out as a dominating feature over Antequera. You can visit Alcazaba’s walls and the main tower and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the top. It is also worth to visit the churches in the centre: Iglesia de San Sebastian and Iglesia de Sanitago.

Those interested in the prehistory should visit the Dolmen of Menga at the city outskirts. It’s an access corridor and an oval-shaped burial chamber from 3000 BC. The tomb most probably served as a grave for the ruling families. Hundreds of people were buried there. If you stand just inside the entrance to this ancient site, you will clearly see Pena de los Enamorados (The Lovers Rock) also known as Montana del Indio (Indian Mountain), because the 880 metre mountain looks like a head of a sleeping Indian.

Another interesting megalithic construction located just outside the city is Dolmen del Romeral. Lastly, there is a megalithic sepulchre of Tholos de El Romeral located 3 kms north of the city. Access to all three archaeological sites is free.

Nature and adventure around Antequera

We also recommend exploring the Antequera region. Whether you are interested in wild animals, climbing, canyoning or hiking, you will surely find something for your liking near Antequera.

Central Andalucia, including the Antequera region, is a real paradise for climbers. The small towns of Villanueva del Rosario, El Chorro, Archidona as well as small villages of Valle de Adaliajis or Pinares de San Anton are very popular climbing destinations. Ten kms south of Antequera there is a Wolf Park (Lobo Park) for those who would like to learn more a about wolves and observe wolves  in an environment that is very close to real nature.

El Torcal Natural Park, located just a couple of kilometers south of Antequera, is a definite must-see. It is famous for weird and bizarre rock formations which are wonderful to look at. Each of these intriguing rocks resembles something different and has some affectionate name, e.g. camel or canary.


Bird lovers or hikers should not miss Fuente de Piedra lagoon. This beautiful park is located 20 kms north-west of Antequera. It boasts second largest colony of flamingos in Europe.

Iznajar, located around 60 kms north of Antequera, is another interesting place to visit. It’s a classic white village perched on a hill, beside the largest lake in Andalucia. Iznajar boasts spectacular views of the extensive lake and olive hills that surround it from all sides.  The views from Iznajar castle stretch as far as the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.


Los Lances, beach, Tarifa, Andalusia, spain, espana

The European capital of windsurfing is a top destination for active people. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, you can do this and much more in this small coastal town. Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe, is also the where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Poniente and Levante, two different winds in Tarifa,  provide unique conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round. However, the best wind surfing conditions are in July, August and September.

The urban beach of Tarifa city is called Playa Los Lances. It’s very wide and enjoyable and in close distance to the numerous waterfront buildings. Valderama and Punta Paloma,  the virgin beaches neighbouring Tarifa to the west, are also worth a special credit. Those unspoilt beaches, boasting white sand and crystal clear water, stretch for more than 10 km. If you seek privacy and getting close to the nature, go no further. Valderama boasts some great sand dunes which can be climbed easily.

With all the great active people from all over the Europe, the night life in Tarifa can be very intensive, especially in summer.

Tarifa – nearest destinations: Zahara de los AtunesGibraltar

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Best birdwatching in Andalucia


If you are passionate about ornithology, make sure you visit Spanish Andalusia. The stretch of coast from Gibraltar to Huelva abounds in interesting places where migratory birds can be observed and photographed.

The best time to come is late autumn, when birds fly to Africa, and early spring when birds breed and embark on a journey to Northern Europe. Observe the weather forecast as well! For example, birds heading to Africa prefer Atlantic Poniente wind over the easterly Levante wind as the latter can easily push them towards the wide Atlantic.



1. Tarifa
a real migration hotspot, the strait of Gibraltar is a very busy migration corridor between Europe and Spain, recommended time to visit autumn when birds gather to rest before their final flight to warmer Africa. Between 350 and 400 different species can be observed each year near Tarifa, e.g. griffon vulture, black vulture, white-tailed eagle, short-toed eagle, black-winged kite, peregrine falcon, black stork, white stork, melodious warbler, kingfishers and many more.

2. Donana National Park near Huelva – one of the finest birdwatching sites in mainland Europe, this wetland reserve at the delta of the Guadalquivir River boasts around 360 species of birds. Bird watching is possible at a couple of centres around the park edges, but if you want to explore the park thoroughly, you need to take a guided tour. Guided tour takes about 3,5 hour and costs around 20 Euros.

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3. Odiel Marshes near Huelva – well preserved wetlands reserve, second largest wetland in Huelva province, only half an hour drive from the famous Donana National Park.


4. Gibraltar – the Rock, with its unique flora, is a temporary home for many species migrating between the two continents

5. Sierra de Grazalema – great region for bird lovers, those fabulous limestone mountainous provide attractive and varied habitats for birds, they are home to nearly 300 hundred species including Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagles, Western Olivaceous, Orphean Warbler and many other.

6. Serrania de Ronda – unique mountainous region which similarly to Sierra Grazalema is a real paradise for those enjoying birdwatching, around 250 species of birds can be found there.