Cabo De Gata National Park guided walking holiday
Description of Cabo De Gata National Park guided walking holiday
Discover the cliff top trails, deserted beaches and dry landscapes of the Cabo De Gata Natural Park in Spain’s southeastern corner on this guided walking holiday. Enjoy five walks of between 6km and 16km each day and discover the dramatic scenery of the Sierra del Cabo de Gata mountains, which end as steep cliffs, 100m high, at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Walk down to gorgeous beaches that can’t be accessed by road and enjoy swimming in the clear water and explore inland, too, to see Arizona-like landscapes where cacti and aloe vera plants grow. Look out for the 1,100 different species of fauna – mostly birds – that live within the natural park, too.
This part of Spain has a particularly dry climate and is classified as Europe’s only ‘warm’ desert. It’s the most arid part of Europe, receiving less than 20cm of rain a year. The average temperature here is 18°C, making it a perfect place for walking. Enjoy five walks on this seven night small group walking holiday and stay each night in friendly, family run hotels. After walking, enjoy the superb seafood and Moroccan cuisine served in local restaurants and the hotels we use in this area. All breakfasts, lunches on walk days, and evening meals are included.
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PlanetWe are serious about maintaining the natural beauty of the Cabo De Gata region and marine natural park, and always ensure that the environmental impacts of our activities are kept to a minimum throughout the week.
Our transport throughout the week is kept to an absolute minimum, with our feet being the preferred choice of transport.
We include in our guided walking holidays a link to a very extensive study on the Cabo De Gata regions which includes flora and fauna, geology guides to increase the awareness of the environment and cultural guides to make the walker aware of the local customs and traditions.
We encourage the use of filling your own to water bottle throughout the week to reduce the waste.
Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling.
PeopleAs on all our holidays there is no exception in the Cabo De Gata walking holiday. We work with local knowledgeable people and reserve your holiday direct with local family run hotels. We always use local transport for our baggage moves and airport transfers. We run our walking holidays in the Cabo De Gate in the winter months when the area mainly quiet and keeps the hotels and restaurants busier than usual.
We always recommend local bars or restaurants were you are walking through a village around lunchtime or 11’s for a café con leche. All these little things help these very small communities survive and keep their traditions.
The hotels we use are all employers of local people, we don’t use chains! We do inspect the hotels regularly to keep the standards we expect.
The route on this walking holiday stays in some very traditional villages with some excellent local produce to try and we thoroughly recommend to try it!
We always send a phrase sheet before you arrive. The older generations in the small villages do not speak English and we find just having the bare basics will make your holiday a much more enjoyable one and help the villagers understand you.
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