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.
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).
From mid September to mid June, scheduled departures. Also special and private departures under request.
Maximum altitude: 772 m
Average altitude: 300 m
Average distance traveled per day: 14 km
Average altitude difference/ day: 570 m
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.
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.
The itinerary follows the old pirates route along the coast, Cala de Enmedio, del Plomo y Castillo de San Pedro.
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.
Isleta del Moro – caldera volcánica walking day to Rodalquilar-Cortijo del Fraile. Visit to Caldera Volcánica de Majada Redonda.
Today is a free day to relax or perhaps take the chance to head to the the beach.
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.
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.
Breakfast at hotel and direct private transfer to airport