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Walking in Costa Almeria Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Explore the desert-like landscapes and unspoilt beaches of the Cabo de Gata
  • Spot varied flora and fauna including Bonelli's Eagle and cacti trees
  • Visit the Church of Cortijo del Fraile, the setting of several spaghetti westerns
  • Enjoy long, sunny days in one of the driest places in Spain and even Europe
  • Stay in the white fishing villages of Agua Amarga, Las Negras and San Jose

Walk through the rugged volcanic landscapes, russet-coloured hills and desert-like beaches of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, and discover one of Spain’s last remaining undeveloped coastal regions.

On a week of easy going walking, head along the unspoiled coastline between whitewashed fishing villages, and into the desert-like interior, where you can explore old gold-mining villages and locations for the play Blood Wedding and spaghetti western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. A diverse range of flora and fauna including wild cacti, pink flamingos, and palm trees, give you the feeling of an altogether more exotic destination outside Europe.

With much of the park only accessible on foot, and overnight stays in authentic little villages this tour allows you to truly get away from it all and discover a part of Spain unexplored by many.

Day 1: Arrive Agua Amarga

Fly into Almeria Airport, which is easily reached by regular flights from the UK.  An included transfer (40min)  takes you to the hotel in the laid-back little beach town of Agua Amarga.


Settle in before enjoying some drinks on the town square and sampling some freshly caught fish.


Overnight: Aqua Amarga


Day 2: Loop Walk  from Agua Amarga

Your first walk takes you through the characteristic desert-like landscapes of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park partly on a disused mining railroad and partly on “ramblas” (dried up riverbeds).  Part way through the loop, passing through plains and old cortijos (rural houses), take an optional walk to the 15th century Torre de Mesa Roldan defence tower and 20th century lighthouse sitting on the table top plateau of Mesa Roldan. Used as a filming location for the popular Game of Thrones, the fortress has wonderful coastal panoramas and views over the Cabo de Gata.


Walk: 13.5km, 3-4hrs, up to 260m ascent


Overnight: Agua Amarga


Day 3: Walk to Las Negras

A clifftop path linking the seaside villages of Agua Amarga and Las Negras takes you past a succession of unspoilt beaches and quiet coves. Watch out for the plentiful seabirds who nest on the craggy cliffs and enjoy a stop at the beach of San Pedro, only accessible on foot, and home to a small, friendly hippy colony!


Explore the ruins of the 16th century Castle of San Pedro, built to defend the cove from pirates, before continuing to Las Negras.


Walk: 12.7km, 479m Ascent/Descent, 3-4 hours.


Overnight: Las Negras


Day 4: Walk to Rodalquilar

Today, take a short diversion inland again before heading back to the coast and then on to Rodalquilar via Playazo Beach and the Torre de las Lobos, a fantastic viewpoint with watchtower.


Arriving in the tiny inland village of Rodalquilar, you may feel like you have stepped on to the set of a spaghetti western, with its abandoned gold mines and botanical gardens home to exotic cacti.


Walk: 11.7km, 458m ascent/403m descent, 3-4 hours  


Overnight: Rodalquilar


Day 5: Loop walk from Rodalquilar

For a fantastic contrast to the previous days of coastal walking, head into the dry hillsides and remote ramblas surrounding Rodalquilar. Explore the gold mines and the museum before continuing to the Cortijo del Fraile.


This isolated ruined farmhouse has been used as a set for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. And the play ‘Blood Wedding’ by Federico Garcia Lorca was also inspired by the real life tragic events of a young couple who tried to escape from an arranged marriage here with tragic consequences.


Walk: 20km, 585m ascent/descent,  5-6 hours


Overnight: Rodalquilar


Day 6: Walk to San Jose

A coastal walk takes you along clifftop paths and past volcanic black sand beaches, passing the Cala de las Toros cove, fishing village of La Isleta del Moro and the18th century fort of San Felipe. As you near San Jose, pass by the imposing peak of El Fraille, the highest peak in the Cabo de Gata.


San Jose, considered the capital of the Cabo de Gata, is a bustling whitewashed village with plenty of restaurants and cafes serving delicious seafood and tapas.


Walk: 16km, 299m ascent/353m descent, 5-6 hours.


Overnight: San Jose


Day 7: Loop walk to Los Genoveses Beaches

An easy going loop walk to some of the finest beaches in the region. Playa de Los Genoveses has over a kilometre of golden sands and in contrast to that there is the atmospheric black sandy beach of Monsul with its distinctive volcanic rocks, used as a filming location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The coast walk to Monsul is quite adventurous so only undertake this if you're confident on steep terrain, otherwise lap up the sun, sand and sea at Los Genoveses.


Walk: 9.7km, 275m Ascent/248m Descent, 3-4 Hours


Overnight: San Jose


Day 8: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and make your way by bus back to Almeria Airport for onward travel. Alternatively, if you have more time we highly recommend adding on extra nights in San Jose to spend some time relaxing on the beach.

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip in a variety of simple but friendly 3 and 4* hotels. You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extra nights in either Agua Amarga or San Jose for some relaxing time on the beach!


The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and  a single room supplement is payable.


Meals

7 breakfasts are included. Expect delicious Andalucian style breakfasts with bread, olive oil, tomatoes and jamon all being regularly featured! Lunches are not included. You can pick up lunch in the villages you pass by or stop along the way for a picnic. 2 evening meals are included in Rodalquilar. On the other nights, evening meals are available either from your hotel or a variety of local restaurants. The food is delicious in this part of the world and typical dishes include Cuajadera, a seafood stew and an abundance of tasty fried fish dishes. Your route notes have details for each day.



 

 

 




Hotel Family Agua Amarga - Agua Amarga

Hotel Family Amarga is a small family run hotel right by the beach. Their lovely restaurant serves a fusion of Spanish/Moroccan food and the friendly owners are sure to make you feel right at home!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Naturalezer Rodalquilar

A 4* hotel in a tranquil setting reminiscent of an Arabian garden. Enjoy spa facilities including saunas, Turkish bath and hydromassage showers—again all lovely after a days walking!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Dona Pakyta

The Dona Pakyta is a beautiful right on the beachfront, decorated in the style of a Basque farmhouse. The bright modern rooms give you wonderful views right along the coast.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your walk anytime between January and May, or between September and December. We do not offer this tour in the summer months of June through to August as the temperatures are simply too high for enjoyable walking.


NOTE: Supplements may apply for any bookings over the Christmas and New Year period.


Please note that this tour is only available for departures from September 2019.


Time of Year

The climate in this part of the world makes for perfect walking conditions most of the year round and in fact, being semi-desert, it is one of the sunniest, driest parts of Spain experiencing annual rainfall of only around 200mm.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and  a single room supplement is payable.


Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded easy-moderate overall. Walks are between 3-5 hours and there is an ascent/descent of between 335m to 575m each day. The loop walk from Rodalquilar is longer with up to 575m ascent so would be more of a moderate grading. You will be walking on a combination of clifftop paths, sandy coves, and ramblas (dry stream beds).


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The routes on this trip are generally way-marked but can be unclear at times so you will need to follow the route notes and maps provided. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Agua Amarga

By Air:


Almeria is the easiest airport to fly into, which is easily accessed by flights from across the UK and Europe. Airlines flying from the UK include low cost carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair as well as British Airways.


Coming from the US, you would fly via Europe with airlines such as Vueling, and Iberia Airlines.


On arriving in Almeria, an included transfer will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Agua Amarga (40min).


Getting from San Jose:

By Air


The closest airport is again Almeria. Several buses a day run from San Jose to Almeria (apart from a Sunday when there is only one bus) taking approx 1hr. From the bus station, take one of the regular shuttle buses between there and the airport (35min).


Private Transfers:


If you prefer we can arrange a private transfer from San Jose back to the airport for you for an additional cost.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Almeria and from San Jose
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations we use have limited rooms and therefore fill up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking tour is graded easy-moderate overall. Walks are between 3-5 hours and there is an ascent/descent of between 335m to 575m each day. The loop walk from Rodalquilar is longer with up to 575m ascent so would be more of a moderate grading. You will be walking on a combination of clifftop paths, sandy coves, and ramblas (dry stream beds).

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

Magnificent Seven (days)

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This is a great trip to get to know another side of Spain. The Cabo de Gata natural park is a fascinating landscape of inland desert reminiscent of the Western USA (hence the filming of the spaghetti westerns) and wild coast with cliffs and coves more reminiscent of Cornwall than the Costas. The walks cover both landscapes and are very varied; they are also quite tough at times, with some rough paths, steep sections and exposed edges. Take walking poles and good shoes and you'll be fine; although the paths can be rough and steep at times, they are easy to follow and the Macs app is great if you get a bit stuck. Take plenty of water and snacks too; the walks are surprisingly remote with few places to get food or drinks en route. There are shops and bars to stock up at the start and end of the day. The accommodation on the trip is fantastic, as is the food. We were very impressed by the range and quality of the breakfast options at all the hotels and the dinners at Rodalquillar were excellent too. As always with Macs, all the arrangements went very smoothly. This is a really well thought out trip and we loved it. Thank you Mhairi and Macs!

Julie K

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