Cabo de Gata I

The Mermaids and the Lighthouse

Cabo de Gata-Nijar is Andalusia’s premier coastal Natural Park, occupying one of the Mediterranean’s most glorious coastlines. From south to north, from east to west, the reserve is blessed with outstanding scenery.

We will begin our morning observing the pink flamingos that reside in the salt water lagoon. During the migration season the flamingo colony can number up to several thousand birds, and certainly a few hundred of these make their home in the Cabo de Gata wetland (of great ornithological value) all year round.

Salt has been produced here since the days of the Phoenicians and Carthaginians and nowadays it is the only facility of its kind which is still operational in Western Andalusia.

Our next stop is the Cabo de Gata Lighthouse, built over the ruins of the Castle of San Francisco de Paula and providing a reference point for sailors. Right at the foothill of the lighthouse, is Arrecife de las Sirenas (The Mermaids’ Reef), named for the mermaids whose beguiling songs, according to pirate testimony, could be heard here.

Next we will visit the Friars’ Well to see the water wheel which is used to provide water to this arid land.

Driving back towards the sea, we arrive at San Jose, a charming village with a beautiful port, beaches, promenade and shops. There we will enjoy some free time to take an aperitif whose taste we can savour during the journey home.

WE RECOMMENDWear comfortable clothing and footwear, and bring sun protection such as a cap or a hat, and sun screen.