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Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Caves and Los Muertos Sailing Tour

1. Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Caves and Los Muertos Sailing Tour

Set sail from Carboneras on a family-friendly guided sailboat trip to the Cabo de Gata National Park. Cruise across the Mediterranean Sea as you relax on Los Muertos Beach, make a snorkeling stop in a serene cove, and have the chance to see dolphins swimming in the wild. Make your way to the Port of Carboneras to meet your friendly guide and group for the day and get onboard the sailboat. Watch the shoreline disappear behind you as you sail upon the picturesque Mediterranean Sea to Cabo de Gata National Park. Cruise along the coastline and visit some of the most famous coves in the UNESCO-protected National Park, including Lost Muertos Beach, Cala Arena, Cala de Enmedio, Cala del Plomo, and Agua Amarga. Swim ashore to relax on the idyllic beaches and soak in the sun or grab a snorkel and drift around the rocks of the cove with colorful fish. Enter the open sea on your way back to Carboneras in the hopes of spotting dolphins playing in the waves.

Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

2. Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

Get to know the magnificent Cabo de Gata and Níjar Natural Park from the sea. Explore the coastline by kayak before snorkeling in the clear waters an observing the underwater landscape. Before embarking, learn basic paddling and kayaking techniques and listen to safety instructions. Venture out down the coast, spotting a number of coves and rock formation that are inaccessible by land and only visible from the sea. Navigate in and out of rocky caves. Get up close to sheer volcanic cliffs. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the natural park, one of most protected areas in Spain due to ecological, historical, anthropological, and geological significance.  Stop in a hidden cove in the marine reserve to go swimming before paddling back to the beach where you started.

Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

3. Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

Start your coastal cruise in the traditional fishing port of Carboneras. Sail to la Cala del Corral and las Salinicas. Admire the crystal-clear waters and volcanic cliffs of Playa de los Muertos.  Then, navigate the Cabo de Mesa Roldan. See its fossilized coral reef and the Mesa Roldán Lighthouse. Continue on to Cala Puente, Cala Sorbas, and Cala Castillo until you arrive at the small fishing town of Agua Amarga. Marvel at the best views of this small town from the sea. Drop anchor at the secluded Cala de Enmedio. Swim and snorkel in its clear waters before heading back to the port of Carboneras.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park: Guided Snorkeling Tour

4. Cabo de Gata Natural Park: Guided Snorkeling Tour

Meet your instructor 100 meters from where you will be entering the water. Listen to a safety briefing and then receive your mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit. Before entering the water, you will listen to an introduction about the natural environment of the area. Hear about the history of the area, its volcanic origin, and the biodiversity you will encounter while snorkeling. Once you have learned how to use the equipment correctly, the guide will accompany you on an itinerary designed to observe the three types of marine ecosystems existing in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. First, explore one of the best-preserved Posidonia meadows in the entire Mediterranean, which shelters hundreds of different species. Next, explore underwater caves, and narrow gaps in the rock that you can swim through. These formations are thanks to the recent volcanic activity of the area. Then continue to the third distinct area. Since underwater fishing is prohibited in this environment, most of the fish will not be frightened by your presence, so you can observe them up close. The guide will be watching out at all times for the safety of the group, warning you of any possible dangers and ensuring you feel safe and comfortable. When your guided snorkeling experience is over, swim back to the original meeting point to return your equipment.

San José: Cabo de Gata Boat Trip with Snorkeling

5. San José: Cabo de Gata Boat Trip with Snorkeling

Sail through the National Park of Cabo de Gata on this guided cruise from the charming town of San José. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you glide by virgin coves, volcanoes, and the ruins of towers and castles. Meet your guide in San José and board a comfortable boat with a fiber frame. Sunbathe on deck or chill out in the under the awning that covers half the boat. Admire views of the white-washed houses of San José as you depart for you adventure. Enjoy an tour that can be taken all year round with the average annual temperature in Cabo de Gata exceeding 20 degrees Celsius. Find the places where movies such as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" or "The Neverending Story" were filmed. Admire turquoise and crystalline waters of protected coves and. In summer, stop to snorkel and look for sea life like red star fish and cuttlefish. Hear about the area's pirate history from your guide. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park Snorkeling

6. Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park Snorkeling

Learn how to snorkel with an experienced guide in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. Meet your guide on the beach and receive snorkeling goggles, flippers, and a neoprene suit. Learn the basics, and get ready to venture into the water. Snorkel along the seabeds and explore the rocks and meadows of posidonia. Try to spot some peculiar nacre (pearls) and orange coral. Discover a variety of underwater life as you explore the seabeds. Enjoy an environmentally responsible activity, avoiding direct contact with flora and fauna. Help to collect any plastics or trash you find as you explore. At the end of the activity, return to the shore and review the species that you have seen. Also, receive photos as a memento of your experience.

From Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Sunset Sailing Tour with Cava

7. From Carboneras: Cabo de Gata Sunset Sailing Tour with Cava

Discover Cabo de Gata Natural Park on a romantic sailing trip from Carborneras. Sail past fascinating rock formations through stunning blue waters, and marvel at the setting sun from a comfortable sailboat. Board your boat about an hour before sunset from the Carboneras Marina. Relax on the leather seats as you sail past spectacular scenery from the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. After an hour of sailing, drop anchor and enjoy a delicious glass of Cava with your friends as you watch the sunset over the clear waters. As you return to the marina, enjoy the sailboat's amenities, including a bimini top, solarium, and stereo.

Almería: 4x4 Tour of Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

8. Almería: 4x4 Tour of Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

After meeting your guide in Almeria, you will head out for the natural park with your guide and skilled 4x4 driver. The first stop of the tour is at the Fishing Association at Cabo de Gata, where you will see a defensive tower and the San Miguel Church. Next, you will be driven to the Mermaid Reef where you will be able to see the beautiful landscapes featuring rock formations that peek from the water.  Next drive up a volcanic mountain, from where you will be able to see over 9 kilometers of untouched beaches. After taking in the view, head down to these beaches where you'll be able to see a lava tongue and volcanic ash along the way. In the summer the tour will stop at one of the beaches for a swimming break before heading to an abandoned farm in the park. The last stop of the tour will be the salt flats which are home to many flamingos. Here you will be able to get out and explore the salt flats yourself, before leaving the park and concluding the tour

Day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park and Mojacar

9. Day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park and Mojacar

Discover the history and culture of Andalusia’s beautiful rustic towns and surrounding countryside. First, travel through Cabo de Gata Natural Park, one of Europe’s last areas of untouched nature. Your English-speaking guide will take you to see captivating landscapes, ruined castles, volcanic rock formations, coral reefs, pristine beaches, and hidden coves.  You will then arrive in the charming Moorish village of Mojácar, with its white-washed houses and stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline. Next, enjoy a drink at the tourist center at the beautiful Mojácar Beach. Then delve deeper into history as you enter the Old Town and discover the pristine Plaza Neuva, the statue of La Mojáquera, Parterre Square, and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria and more beautiful sites. Next, enjoy some free time to relax on the panoramic terraces, or stay in town and shop for souvenirs or feel free to savor a typical Andalusian lunch.  Then, you will head to the scenic village of Carboneras, which was used as a location in various films, including Lawrence of Arabia. Marvel at Playa de los Muertos, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, before being taken back to your pickup point.

Top sights in Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

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What people are saying about Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 298 reviews

As a snorkelling novice ( I’ve only done it twice before) this was an ideal activity. I felt very comfortable following our guide and it was easy to see him at all times. He showed us lots of different areas and did a great explanation of the creatures we might see before venturing out into the bay.

Route from Las Negras to El Playazo de Rodalquilar. Magnificent landscape with cliffs and caves. 3 guides (2 in kayak, 1 in boat) very friendly with whom you have a good time. They lend masks and snorkels to enjoy swimming time in El Playazo. Quiet pace.

Lovely trip south of San Jose. Captain was very informative about the history & geology of the coastline. We really enjoyed it. 2 hours, with a 20 minute stop for snorkelling.

Reuben was A wonderful, friendly & knowledgeable guy. Very watchful & concerned for his clients. Great snorkeling experience!

It was a great excursion. The driver and guide MARIA was charming with all of us and told us very curious things.