Andalusia and the surroundings
Activities nearby the cottage
Bathing in the gentle and purifying spring water of the pool with no need for any cosmetic products.
- – Hill walking and cycling (bicycles not supplied)
- – Possibility of artistic activities with the owners, an introduction to art.
- – Gardening
- – Cooking special dishes with the owners (Moroccan “tagines” and “pastelas”, cakes….)
- – Horse riding from San José in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
- – Deep-sea diving in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
- – Possibility of excursions in 4×4 vehicles through the Cabo de Gata Natural Park to discover its most interesting corners
LA ISLETA DEL MORO
La Isleta del Moro
A natural harbour. Arabs and pirates came through here looking for treasure, and the village was named “the small island of the Moor” in honour of the Berber chief Mohamed Arraez who, as the story goes, adventured as far as here and stayed. Boats, nets and other fishing gear lie in the sun between white-washed houses and in the original village square with its public wash-house and adjoining well. This village is a charming and peaceful place to visit for a fish dinner.
A jumble of houses where locals and foreigners live in harmony and a place which still conserves the traditional flavour of a fishing and farming village. The name of the village comes from the Cerro Negro (the black hill), situated to the left of the beach.
The name of this village is said to come from an Arab expression, Al-hawan, which means a place where water is found. It is one of largest villages in the Nijar district, and it still manages to keep the flavour of a fishing village even though it has become one of the most important tourist villages on this coast. It is a friendly place where people can enjoy the peace and potter in their small gardens and vegetable patches, all of which gives Agua Amarga its fresh and happy feeling. An afternoon on the beach at Agua Amarga is a very special experience.
Playa del Monsul
This is the most emblematic beach of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Its sand is fine and its waters shallow. To the left there is a curious natural jetty of volcanic origin, bathed by the sea and known as La Peineta (the high comb used to support a mantilla), and, to the right, there are some spectacular pentatonic volcanic rock formations. There is also an exceptionally fine large shifting sand dune at the mercy of the west winds. Together with many other parts of the Cabo de Gata Park, this beach has been used on numerous occasions as a film location.
Its name means “the large beach” and this shows how extensive and magnificent it is. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Park and the many palm trees grouped around it give it a decidedly African look. It has some very interesting large natural rock pools and fine sandy stretches interspersed by small areas of pebbles. It is situated near Rodalquilar and access is by means of a track running along a dry river bed which passes the Castillo de la Batería, an impressive fortified tower. There is another fortress, the Castillo de San Ramón, to the left of the beach. This is privately owned and similar to the one at Los Escullos
Rodalquilar and the mining village
The exploitation of these gold mines started in Roman times and they were last worked in 1960. The whole mining village is under renovation work in order to bring it in line with the rest of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Rodalquilar is a peaceful, quiet place with very few permanent residents. It is also the place you have to pass through to reach the track down the dry river bed which goes to El Playazo but, before that you should stop and sample some of the tapas offered by the village bars where the welcome is always happy, open and friendly. Opposite the church you will see El Abardinal, the botanic gardens where the main types of plants growing in the province of Almería are displayed and work is carried out to protect threatened species.
La Alcazaba in Almeria city
This is one of the most important citadels built by the Arabs in Spain. Its construction was started in 955 by Abderraman III and it includes a fortified wall with towers surrounding squares, houses, a mosque and gardens.
Cortijo del Fraile
This must be visited even if it only to remember what happened here one night in 1928, events which inspired Lorca to write “Blood Wedding”. The building is impressive for the extent of its outbuildings, in a threatening state of collapse.
This is an important centre for hand made crafts (pottery, rugs, traditional cloth…) The rugs and cloths displayed in the streets make Nijar very attractive and, in addition, they are not expensive.