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THE CARBONERAS REGION

Carboneras is a town in the province of Almería, Andalusia (Spain) of 7500 inhabitants. It covers 95 km² with a beach stretching for nearly 4 kilometers. It is located at most 45 kilometers from the airport and nearly 70 kilometers from the provincial capital.

Carboneras is well known for its seawater desalination plant, which supplies the entire region with drinking water, as well as its very Andalusian life and local festivals that run throughout the year. Although it hosts many tourists in summer, Carboneras offers a life with a human face all year long with its daily activities, its street market every Thursday and the coastal fishing which has long been one of the main sources of income for the inhabitants of the region.


The beaches

From the beach of Carboneras one sees the island of San Andrés, a small rocky island whose silhouette on the horizon evokes that of a whale. Many dives and marine activities are offered by local diving clubs. On the coast and still inside the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar we find a series of still virgin beaches. One of them is the beach of Algarrobico, 3 km long and which witnessed the shooting of the movie "Lawrence of Arabia". El Corral beach and Los Muertos beach are also present, with rock formations of volcanic nature modeled by the wind and the sea. To the west of Carboneras you can also reach the lighthouse and the tower of Mesa Roldán. ( Eighteenth century).

Carboneras is a village for idleness, you can stroll on its sea promenade and in its streets safely and tranquility, take a drink tapas with friends and visit his castle and fishing port. Finally why not join the end of the day to residents for a good game of petanque.

THE NATURAL PARK CABO OF GATA

The Cabo de Gata Natural Park occupies the western part of the Gulf of Almeria. The mountain called "Cabo de Gata", of volcanic origin, offers spectacular geological formations composed of volcanic craters, basalt columns, fossil rocks, etc ...). The marine area of the Natural Park covers one nautical mile (1851.82 meters) and almost 45 kilometers of coastline, which represents a total of 12,200 ha. It was declared Natural Park in 1987 and Biosphere Reserve in 1997.

Its waters are around an average temperature of 17.1 ° C (25 ° the months of July, August and September), certainly the highest of all the peninsula. This is due to the high summer temperatures, and a curious but persistent high-pressure microclimate (high pressure zone) that settles in the area between the first days of December and mid-January. Its crystal clear waters are an exceptional and highly protected marine environment.




SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR VACATIONS:

See Grenada and its Alambra which is two hours away by toll free motorway.

Take a hike in the Alpujarras Valley, admire the Tabernas desert and its zoo Browse the desert of Tabernas (half an hour drive) and see the scenery of old filming locations of many fims (Laurence of Arabia, Once upon a time in the west, For a few dollars more etc ... )

See the caves of Sorbas Lunch in Agua Amarga or in the city of Mojacar, respectively east and west of Carboneras

If you are sporting the region offers several possibilities: sailing, skysurfing, horseback riding, scuba diving, marked hiking, etc.




In Carboneras?

Every summer games for the little ones are installed on the promenade of the sea.

The cultural festivals are not lacking also with dancing parties under the stars, flamenco shows, concerts, carnivals and various activities throughout the year.