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CABO DE GATA TREKKiNG WEEK

Vulcanic landscape meets wild coast

This trip contours the unique coastline of Cabo de Gata Natural Park, the largest protected coastal area in Andalucia. UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Rich in flora, dessert with  dunes,  unique sand-rock and volcano formations. Unrivaled in southern Europe. We will be entering this natural park visiting both, land and sea protected areas. Since the very beginning we will realize why: Cabo de Gata is a wild place but gentle at the same time.

A wild and rugged terrain, volcanic in nature, with mountain formations and an astonishing coastline, the protected landscapes are host to an unforeseen array of flora and fauna. The cultural ancestry of the area is apparent in its historical buildings, towers, castles, water wells and windmills, and the region is scattered with whitewashed villages both inland and coastal. A place to feel the energy of the Nature, but also a place  to  find peacefulness and serenity on the mildest winters in Europe, since this is the only  region in Europe with true desert climate.

HiGHLiGHTS

  • Enjoy stunning views over the sparkling Mediterranean
  • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Volcanic landscapes and white washed beaches
  • Make the most of the 300 days of sunshine found here on a late getaway

TRiP PROFiLE

5 days of walking, plus free day. This trip is classified as moderate (Activity Level 4), you should be confident in your physical condition and ability to deal with some difficult underfoot terrain and coastal seacliff sections. The walking routes are all fairly long (around 12-18 km a day) and vary in duration from 4 to 7 hours per day (including stops). The trek is more on the moderate side ‐ in five days of walking we cover the distance between Agua Amarga and Cabo de Gata. The paths we follow are rocky sections with sustained steep and rocky ascents/descents on the seafront. This trip is not suitable for people with vertigo (some sections near sealiffs).

SEASON

From mid September to mid June, scheduled departures. Also special and private departures under request.

TECHNiCAL iNFO

Maximum altitude: 772 m

Average altitude: 300 m

Average distance traveled per day: 14 km

Average altitude difference/ day: 570 m

MEALS

7 Breakfasts, 5 packed lunches with seasonal fruit and 6 evening meals. Simply every day is a gastronomic feast. Local appetizers, salads or seasonal vegetables and full hot and caloric dishes designed for the activity. From freshly prepared local seafood paella, traditionally prepared couscous, rice or fish baked to season, lentils and bean patties. All meals are prepared freshly during the day. Oh, and we pay special attention to vegetarians, vegans or allergy sufferers on any product.

WHAT'S iNCLUDED?

  • 7 night accommodation on share bedroom basis
  • All evening meals(6), Breakfasts(6) and Packed Lunches(5)
  • 5 Guided walking days, by qualified englishspeaking mountainleader
  • Transport to and from the airport Alicante
  • Travel and Public Liability Insurance
  • Activities and cultural visits  on the day off
  • Maps, leaflets, documents
  • Please for single room supplement, consult when booking.

WHAT'S NOT iNCLUDED?

  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner free day
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Single supplement

DETAiLLED PROGRAM

DAY 1

ARRiVAL iN ALiCANTE - TRANSFER TO LAS NEGRAS

Passengers reception at airport and transfer to destination. Collect passengers at Alicante airport and direct private transfer to Las Negras, Almeria (2,5 hours). Accommodation at hotel and general briefing of the trip. Dinner.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2

WALK LAS NEGRAS

The itinerary follows the old pirates route along the coast, Cala de Enmedio, del Plomo y Castillo de San Pedro.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

WALK LAS NEGRAS - iSLETA DEL MORO

Today we visits Cala del Cuervo, Cala Bergantín, Cerro de los Lobos and finally Mirador de la Amatista until arriving to the small hamlet of La Isleta del Moro.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

WALK VOLCANiC LANDSCAPES

Isleta del Moro – caldera volcánica walking day to Rodalquilar-Cortijo del Fraile. Visit to Caldera Volcánica de Majada Redonda.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

FREE DAY

Today is a free day to relax or perhaps take the chance to head to the the beach.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6

WALK iSLETA DEL MORO - SAN JOSE

Following the coastal walks enjoying this famous part of the Natural park witm mythical sand beaches like Playa del Arco, Castillo de San Felipe, los Escullos, la Punta del Esparto.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

WALK SAN JOSE - CABO DE GATA

San José – Faro del Cabo de Gata walking day An spectacular walk to end this trip where we will discover Playa de los Genoveses Mónsul ending at el Faro, lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. Walk ends in San José where we spend our last night and have the chance to visit the many lively bars and pubs with live music.

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

RETURN TO ALiCANTE

Breakfast at hotel and direct private transfer to airport

iNCLUDED

Meals included: Breakfast

SOME PiCTURES