Landscape seen from La Amatista viewpoint.

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Mirador de la Amatista

Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

On the main road between La Isleta del Moro and Rodalquilar, this high viewpoint commands breathtaking views of the vertiginous, unspoilt coastline. From here the road snakes down into the basin of the Rodalquilar valley.

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