Dear guest, The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Maritime-Terrestrial Natural Park is a Spanish protected natural area located in the province of Almería, Andalusia. It is the first maritime-terrestrial park in Andalusia, created on December 23, 1987 to conserve its ecosystems natural and landscape values.
The Cabo de Gata reserve is of volcanic origin. It has one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich coastal strips in the Western Mediterranean and an area of 38,000 hectares, to which must be added a marine strip one mile wide.
The 12,000 hectares of marine reserve is what really makes Cabo de Gata Natural Park special. Because if we add to an environment of almost virgin nature, spectacular landscapes, and a slower pace of life than in crowded cities the fact of being a marine reserve with serene beaches of clean water, we can say without a doubt that we are facing a unique Natural Park, I doubt that there are many Natural Parks like this in the Mediterranean, in Spain it is unique.
Due to its crystal clear waters and rocky bottoms, which allow excellent underwater vision, this park is considered a paradise for scuba diving or simple snorkeling (swimming with goggles and snorkel). For the occasional bathers on the shore of the beach, with only one meter deep, several species of fish can already be observed, better equipped, between 5 and 10 meters deep, it is where the greatest wealth of marine fauna can be seen.
Numerous films have been shot in the town of Níjar, many of them share the stage with the Tabernas Desert.
Among the areas with the most outstanding filming we find the Cabo de Gata Dunes, which have been the scene of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ together with the Tabernas Desert. Other classics shot in the area are ‘A Taxi for Tobruk’, ‘el sabor de la venganza’, ‘Patton’ and ‘The Wind and the Lion’.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you surely remember the Battle of Meeren. This was filmed in Torre de Mesa Roldán, in the municipality of Carboneras, and gave life to one of the most tense moments of the sixth season.
Traveling to Playa del Monsul, we also come across mythical and unforgettable filming from the ‘Indiana Jones’ movie, as well as very important titles such as ‘The Wind and the Lion’ and ‘The NeverEnding Story’.
Dear guest, it is a place that I recommend you to visit and that you will surely be fascinated by. I leave you the Google Maps link: