Top Choice Park in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Top Choice Ruins in Rodalquilar

Gold Mines

There is something very evocative about the old gold mines, which were at their peak of activity in the mid-20th century; a fascinating bit of industrial wreckage in a barren red-rock landscape. Stop first at La Cas…
Gardens in Rodalquilar

Jardín Botánico El Albardinal

Rodalquilar's vast botanical garden behind the church is dedicated to the vegetation of semiarid eastern Andalucía. It's well planned, with every plant, tree and shrub identified. There is also a charming traditiona…
Museum in Rodalquilar

La Casa de los Volcanes

At the top of Rodalquilar village, this museum has excellent displays on the local mines and the geology of Cabo de Gata and Andalucía, with information in English as well as Spanish.
Fountain in Mojácar

Fuente Pública

Near the foot of Mojácar Pueblo, this pretty public fountain is a village landmark. Locals and visitors still fill containers with the water that tumbles out of 13 spouts into marble troughs and tinkles along a cour…
Church in Mojácar

Iglesia de Santa María

The fortress-style Iglesia de Santa María dates from 1560 and may have once been a mosque.
Viewpoint in Mojácar

El Mirador del Castillo

A byproduct of Mojácar’s revival as an arts colony, the villa called El Mirador del Castillo occupies the very top of the hill. Today it's a hotel and cafe-bar (both open Easter to October), and a mirador (lookout) …
Gate in Mojácar

Puerta de la Ciudad

The old city gate, dating in its present form from the 16th century.
Salt Flats in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Salinas de Cabo de Gata

Southeast of drab San Miguel de Cabo de Gata village, some of Spain's last surviving sea-salt-extraction lagoons draw flocks of migrating flamingos and other water birds from spring to autumn: by late August there c…
Lighthouse in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Faro de Cabo de Gata

At the southwest point of the promontory, this lighthouse overlooks the jagged volcanic reefs of the Arrecife de las Sirenas (Reef of the Mermaids), named after the monk seals that used to lounge here. The view into…