Located on the eastern end of the Andalucian coast in Spain, Cabo de Gata is the largest protected coastal area in the region. This is a truly wild, remote and rugged destination, with jagged volcanic landscapes, sheer, jagged cliffs and tiny islands, lined with cove beaches and underwater reefs, teeming with marine life. It is impossible to describe the geological and ecological importance (and beauty) of the Cabo de Gata region, you really must take a holiday rental property in the area to understand!
The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is an extensive area of sand dunes, rocky cliffs, ecologically important salt marshes and sandy beaches. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997, the park is an important wildlife reserve, offering anyone staying in Cabo de Gata holiday accommodation a real chance to walk and cycle 20 marked paths through some of Spain’s most dramatic, wildlife rich countryside areas. The Cabo de Gata saltwater lagoon is a vital reserve for many migratory birds, and birdwatchers flock to self catering Cabo de Gata holiday rentals from across Europe to see rare species of bird.
The mountain areas are inland from the coast are arid and largely uninhabitable, but there are some great chances for entertainment in the area. Self catering Cabo de Gata holiday accommodation acts as a great base for mountain bikers and climbers, and there are a number of excellent off-road driving centres which use the area.
However, the majority of holiday makers head for self catering Cabo de Gata villas for the stunning coastline which forms the border of the Cabo de Gata region. The beaches are beautiful and never crowded, tucked into coves and inlets in the cliffs. The Mediterranean waters which have carved this shoreline are beautifully clear, making the region a particular favourite with scuba divers and underwater photographers. Snorkelling and deep sea fishing both thrive in the area, and there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing from Cabo de Gata holiday accommodation too.
The beautiful Moorish town of Mojacar is a wonderful place to visit from a Cabo de Gata holiday rental. The combination of mountain scenery, glorious white beaches and quaint, cobbled streets have made Mojacar one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Costa Calida.
The Cabo de Gata region actually has one of the best climates in Spain, with the lowest rainfall levels. The average annual temperature in the region is a surprising 18°C, with daily temperatures in summer often reaching close to 40°C. Even during the depths of winter, it is rare to experience temperatures of less than 10°C from self catering Cabo de Gata holiday accommodation, and you can happily eat outside for the huge majority of the year.
Almeria Airport (LEI) is located just 45 minutes from holiday accommodation in Cabo de Gata. easyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines and Ryanair all provide cheap flights to Cabo de Gata, making reaching you private villa painless.