Monthly Archives: November, 2011


There are many other spectacular places in the province of Almería including the pottery town of Sorbas in the Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Natural Park. It is an area for potholing and exploring caves. Some of the houses of Sorbas hang off the edge of a hill.


Gérgal (Almería province)

Gérgal is a pleasant little town that stands on the banks of the river of the same name. Visitors can spend an enjoyable hour strolling the streets lined with the whitewashed buildings typical of Andalucía. Bougainvillea cascades lovingly down the sides of some of the buildings which are a mixture of early traditional and houses built in the 19th century, during the prosperous mining days. A castle stands prominent at the top of a hill. It was built on the ruins of a medieval fortress in the 17th century but it is now a private dwelling.

Calar Alto

The Calar Alto Observatory is located in the Sierra de los Filabres just north of the city of Almería. It was apparently installed here because this area possesses the cleanest atmosphere in Europe.

Alpujarras – Padules

The stone paved streets of Padules are typical of the Alpujarras — the façades of the houses whitewashed and little pots of plants sit on windowsills behind wrought-iron railings.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 7

La Isleta del Moro is made up of a small group of white houses where simple people who have earned their livelihood fishing have lived since time immemorial.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 6 (photos)

Arrecife de las Sirenas

Visit my Panoramio site for pictures of the beautiful and diverse Cabo de Gata…

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 5

This part of Spain has always had an abundance of raw materials and this area of the Cabo de Gata has been extensively mined for 2000 years. The Romans extracted silver here. Later ‘lead fever’ took hold in the middle of the 19th century. However, the golden years for Rodalquilar followed the discovery of gold around 1880.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 4

Cortijo del Fraile near Rodalquilar 
The famous Spanish author, Federico García Lorca used this building as the setting for his chilling play ‘Blood Wedding’. It was no coincidence. It is allegedly based on real life events that happened here.

Article about Federico García Lorca:-

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 3

This photograph was taken near the tiny hamlet of Salinas de Acosta, where salt from the Salinas is piled in great heaps. Its church, which has a very tall tower, dominates the area for miles around and is almost on the seashore.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – 2

La Isleta del Moro
The 71,500 acres of the Cabo de Gata is volcanic in origin and comprises coastal dunes, steep cliffs, spectacular beaches, salt marshes, saltpans, arid steppe, dry riverbeds and a substantial marine zone. It is probably this ecological diversity that has led to the park being designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve.