Cabo de Gata Natural Park is the largest protected area of the European coast, with a maritime strip over 60km.

This unique landscape, shaped by the erosion on the rocks solidified magma that flowed from the volcanic formations into the sea, is considered the geological boundary with Africa. The extinct volcano Majada Redonda is easy recognizable from many parts of the route.

Its climate is the driest in Europe, with rainfall below 160 mm and stable temperatures throughout the year with an average of 19C. 

The landscape of the natural park is highly marked by its historically harsh conditions for agriculture and its isolated location, through abandoned farms and miner villages, and greenhouses.

San José is the biggest village in Cabo de Gata, located close to the spectacular beaches of Los Genoveses and Mónsul.

The western boundary is marked by the watchtower Torre de la Vela Blanca and the saltwork Las Salinas, active since ancient Greek times and close to the picturesque and lonely San Miguel Church, just before dozens of km along the beach until the city of Almería.