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Hiking in Cabo de Gata – Almeria

Long weekends in Natural Parks


A hiking holiday in the southeastern corner of Andalusia, Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Almeria is a province with a diverse range of landscapes including a coastal area of volcanic origin which is still virgin in many parts thanks to the protection which it receives as a Natural Park.

These hikes will take you along the coast, enjoying the sun and the sea breeze, allowing you to discover the only European desert. You will also have the chance to enter caves filled with crystals and savour the gastronomy of Almeria, which is based on healthy, natural products, including a wide range of vegetables and fresh seafood.

Clear, bright skies are typical during the wintertime. This is a chance to escape the cold and enjoy a relaxing early spring in natural surroundings.

Location: Almeria and Cabo de Gata Natural Park
When: Winter
Duration: 4 (5)days / 3 (4)nights
Difficulty: Medium (REI)
  • Day 1

    San José – La Isleta del Moro /Los Escullos

    • We will leave Granada at 8 am before starting our hike in San José. This path runs along a dirt track that was designed as a coastal highway, which, finally, was not builtfinally due to conservation reasons. Loma Pelada is a coastal reserve with a great ecological value. The hike allows us to contemplate impressive cliffs dotted with small and inaccessible coves, Cala Higuera – Playa de Piedra Galera. This place is ideal for the observation of the native flora and fauna of Cabo de Gata Natural Park, An area which is well-known by anglers.

    Route characteristics:

      • Route type: one way
      • Route length: 12,2 km.
      • Accumulated height difference: 340 m.
      • Duration: 3,5 hours
      • Difficulty: Low

    Night in La Isleta del Moro or Los Escullos,depending on hotel availability.

  • Day 2

    La Isleta del Moro/ Los Escullos – Las Negras

    • After breakfast, we will start the day’s hike. Los Escullos has one of the most photographed coastlines of Cabo de Gata, due to its sharp whiterocks that invite us to imagine all sorts of creatures. The artillery castle of San Felipe, one of the castles we can find on the coast, is a symbol of the fight against the piracy that ravaged the Mediterranean for centuries.
      At la Isleta del Moro, a viewpoint will allow us to admire the coast and discover the volcanic formations that make up Cabo de Gata.We will cross Las Negras and its beach to continue towards the north. This section, where we cross the Rodalquilar depression is an important part of our trip around Cabo de Gata, overlooking different hills of varied colours and the town of Rodalquilar, over which can be distinguished remains of the ancient mining activity can be distinguished. We will continue our trip along the trail called the “Molata” until we see the bay where Las Negras is located, the finishing point of this hike.

    Route characteristics:

    • Route type: one way
    • Route length: 15 km.
    • Accumulated height difference: 461 m.
    • Duration: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium

  • Day 3

    Las Negras – Aguamarga

    • We will begin the route after breakfast in Las Negras. First, ii will take us up the side of the Cerro Negro. Then we will arrive at San Pedro cove, a beach with crystalline, water where we will find the fortress known as San Pedro Castle. Below us, we will be able to see inaccessible, totally unspoilt beaches. The view is truly breathtaking! The crystal clear waters, which bathe the shore at this point, conceal vast expanses of thick Posidonia Marítima, which are highly protected.
      The track will also allow us to discover volcanic rocks and evidence of the geological history of the area. This area is not only a Natural Park, but also a Geo-Park. There are also outcrops of limestone rock which have adopted wavy formations, producing a unique landscape.
      The hike ends at Aguamarga.

    Route characteristics:

    • Route type: one way
    • Route length: 13 km.
    • Accumulated height difference: 300 m.
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium

  • Day 4

    San José – Cabo de Gata lighthouse

    • After breakfast, we will start the hike which will take us down to different beautiful beaches, such as Los Genoveses, which is the most famous in the Natural Park; a virgin beach with golden sand dunes. This beach is in a valley which has few buildings and no surfaced roads, meaning that its beauty is unspoilt.We will walk along the shore and head up the hill at the end and continue walking in order to discover small, secluded “coves”, which will reveal themselves one after another.
      The descents to the different coves will depend on the tides. We will arrive at the beach of Mónsul, which has been the set of several films. This is a good place to enjoy our picnic. From heres, you can easily return to San José or continue walking to the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. The coastal views are always spectacular.

    Route characteristics:

    • Route type: one way
    • Route length: 14,5 km.
    • Accumulated height difference: 600 m
    • Duration: 7 hours
    • Difficulty: Medium
  • Day 5-Extra day

    Tabernas Desert and Sorbas crystal Caves

    • A suggestive and astonishing landscape is waiting for us: land scored with ravines and gullies, eroded slopes and small oases with palm trees. It is the only actual desert area on the whole of the European continent. It holds scarce and strange vegetation, similar to that of the North African deserts. Extremely rare species of birds live in the desert and, for this reason, the area is protected at a European level as a Special Protection Area for birds. Many Italian filmmakers found this landscape to be the perfect backdrop for the making of “Westerns.” We will discover the remains of the sets and settlements typical of the American West, where famous “Spaghetti Western” films were made. After hiking in the desert we will go to visit another natural highlight: the gypsum caves in Sorbas. We will return to Granada.

    Route characteristics:

    • Route type: circular
    • Route length: 9 km.
    • Accumulated height difference: 320 m. ascent and 270 descent
    • Duration: 3,5 hours
    • Difficulty: Low
  • What’s included

    • 3 nights in different hotels in Cabo de Gata. Double room and breakfast
    • Guide with expert knowledge of the area, not only in terms of hiking but also in the ecology of the ecosystems. 5 days
    • Accident and liability insurance
    • Equipment to maximize safety, such as walkie talkies
    • Group field material: maps, GPS, guides to the area, binoculars
    • Transportation
    • Communal first aid kit
  • What isn’t included

    • Meals, drinks or tapas
    • Dinners
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Flights or transports that have not been previously stated
    • Extra overnights in Granada the day before starting or the last day after returning to Granada. Please, ask for prices
    • Anything that has not been previously mentioned
    • The extra day, please ask for this option. In this case, we also provide the ticket for the fee to “karst en yesos” in Sorbas
  • Recommended equipment

    • Sunglasses, sun cream, and protective lip balm. Hat
    • Hiking footwear
    • Technical hiking clothing, short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts made of breathable fabric (not cotton) and a fleece or warm layer. Summer hiking trousers and wind stopper
    • Swimming costume and sports towel
    • Personal snack food such as dried fruit and nuts, energy bars and sandwiches
    • A rucksack suitable for a one day hike (25L)
    • 1.5 liter water bottle or camelback, with drinking tube if possible
    • Hiking poles
    • Camera, mobile phone and other electronic devices and their chargers
    • Small first aid kit and any personal medication.
    • Notebook and pencil (optional).
    • Knee bands, if necessary.
    • Personal documents, such as identity cards and European health service cards.
  • Meals


    Picnics are not included for the routes but you can order it.

    Our picnics include handmade rolls using traditional oven baked bread, tomatoes, lettuce, cured meat or Spanish omelette, orange juice, a piece of fruit and a chocolate bar.

    These products are sourced from local shops, in order to support the economy of the local area.

    If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or any other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand.

  • We will leave the hotel at 8am.

    It is very important to stick to the timetable because it’s necessary to rest between each day’s hike. We will have 2-3 hours rest before dinner (in Spain 9 o’clock or later!), which, including time to stretch properly, will allow us to be in perfect condition for the following day.

    Weather in Almeria

    The weather in Almería is reasonably stable throughout the year. The area of Cabo de Gata and the Tabernas desert very rarely receive any precipitation. In February, temperatures can reach 17 ºC during the day with a low of 9 ºC. The probability of rainfall over 1mm is only three days. There can be strong winds on the coat, so we recommend carrying a wind stopper.

    According to our terms and conditions, the guide, being the person responsible for the group, can decide to modify the route and the timetable in the case of forecasts of gales or storms, public land closures, etc. which could put the activity and the safety of the group at risk.

    Guides and Safety

    All our guides have the necessary training to ensure the complete safety of the group.

    We will keep the group together and in contact by using walkie talkies. Our guides have all taken first aid courses.

    Medical considerations

    We ask that our hikers inform us of the existence of any chronic or cardiovascular illness which could interfere with hiking activities. To this end, we will send out a form which must be completed. The personal information which is given is covered by our data protection policy and will not be used for anything other than to provide us with the information necessary for this activity to be carried out well.

    For the same reason, we need to know about any allergies.

    A good level of physical fitness is required and previous experience of routes of a similar difficulty is necessary. The pace that we will follow is not a sporting one but a pace which will allow interpretation and interaction, however, experience or regular hiking is essential.


    Our prices are estimated taking into account the number of participants registered on the deadline of the inscription. The deposit into the account is made in order to reserve the vacancy and also to know, in advance, the number of participants that will be realizing the activity. In case the activity is canceled, the deposit would be returned. On the other hand, if the activity is successfully organized, a second pay would be realized with the final amount.

    Group size

    Minimum 6 (495€) and maximum 18 (360€)

    The extra day and activities have an extra cost of 100€. Only if have 6 people interested


    Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date (15 January).

    The balance has to be payed 15 days before the starting date

    Special offer

    We are offering this package exclusively for clubs; for every 11 people who reserve a place, the 12th goes free

    Cancellation and refund policy

    In case of cancellation, the following policy applies.

    • More than 30 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will grant you a full refund minus a €50 administrative fee per reservation.
    • Between 29 days and 14 days prior to the starting date of the trip, we will retain 50% of the trip cost.
    • Less than 14 days prior to the starting date of the trip, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

    Terms and conditions and environmental policy

    SierraySol is an enterprise that belongs to the Asociación de la Carta Europea de Turismo Sostenible de Sierra Nevada. If you are looking forward to realizing an activity truly responsible for the environment in this green space, we encourage you to use the services of the organization since all the enterprises adhered are accredited by Europarc. They also make a great effort to minimize the environmental impact and to contribute to the local development. In the next PDF, you will find every enterprise of the organization. You can also find information about them in www.ecoturismosierranevada.com.


    Activity Level Descriptions



    (1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.

    • Activity: 1-3 hours most days
    • Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
    • Surfaces: flat terrain
    • Elevation change: little to none
    • Altitude: less than 3,000 ft

    (2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.

    • Activity: 2-5 hours most days
    • Distances: hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
    • Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
    • Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
    • Altitude: up to 6,000 ft

    (3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.

    • Activity: 4-6 hours most days
    • Distances: hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
    • Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
    • Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day
    • Altitude: up to 10,000 ft

    (4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.

    • Activity: 5-8 hours most days
    • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
    • Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
    • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
    • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
    • Experience and a doctor's release may be required

    (5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.

    • Activity: 10+ hours/day
    • Distances: hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 50 miles or more miles most days
    • Surfaces: remote mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails with loose features.
    • Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day
    • Altitude: up to 14,000 ft
    • Experience and a doctor's release may be required