Here we provide more detailed information about the different activities which can be enjoyed in the area:


Hiking and rambling: there is an extensive network of coastal and inland
footpaths crossing a wide variety of landscapes. Possible all year round, best to avoid the hottest times of the summer. Ideal in autumn, winter and spring.
Friends of the Park Association (Asociación Amigos del Parque) walking tours,free activity open to all, for discovering new routes and walking in good company.

Mountain bike: We specialize in bike routes. We rent mountain bikes (TREK 4900) with GPS and offer a wide range of routes for all levels and tastes through our company Cabo Activo

Hang-gliding: the hill next to the Cortijo is a wonderful location to take off with a hang-glider, enthusiastic guide available in the house… We also offer tandem flights.

Donkey excursions: with our donkeys from Cortijo el Campillo

Guided routes: on foot or by 4x4, available from the San José Tourist Office, Malcamino

Horse-riding: in San José, Agua Amarga


Rock-climbing: Lucainena etc.

Caving: in the Paraje Natural de Karst en Yesos de Sorbas, visits and organised tours at the Sorbas Caves (Cuevas de Sorbas)



Swimming in the sea: possible at numerous sandy beaches in exceptionally well conserved natural surroundings. For the non-hardy from June to October, for thebrave all year around.

Snorkelling: with goggles, snorkel and fins one can discover marvellous marine depths and wildlife with no other equipment nor further preparation.

Naturism: Most of the natural beaches permit nudist bathing alongside clothed



Diving: offered by a wide range of clubs and diving schools in Las Negras, Rodalquilar, La Isleta and San José

Windsurfing: our equipment is at your disposal, Club de Windsurf in Cabo de

Surfing: possible (not quite comparable to Atlantic waves)


Kayaking, Canoeing

Boat excursions: guided tours available



Geology: Amethysts can be found lodged in the hill next to the Cortijo. 500m
from the house is the ancient gold mine of María Josefa where there is not only gold but also other minerals to be found. The ancient mining village of
Rodalquilar with its museum "Casa de los Volcanes" (House of the Volcanoes).

Botany: there is great botanical wealth in the Natural Park as a result of the
proximity to the sea and its semi-arid climate. We’ve counted 20 endemic
species. Recommended is a visit to the Botanic Garden of "El Abardinal" in

Ornithology: Bird-watching, we recommend visiting the Cabo de Gata salt flats (las Salinas de Cabo de Gata), the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata is a Special Protected Area (SPA) for Birds, routes con Oz Nature Wildlife Tours & Trips

Astronomy: the Cabo de Gata skies, very clean and away from contaminant
sources of illumination is particularly suitable for the observation of stars and
other celestial phenomena.



Photography: the famous Cabo de Gata light has inspired numerous
photographers such as Bernard Plossu, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Oscar Molina, Jeanne Chevalier, José Alberto Ubierna, etc.

- García Lorca, “Blood Wedding” (Bodas de Sangre). Set in El Cortijo del Fraile,
we have a very special relationship with this work since the fiancée protagonist
lived in our little Campillo following her failed wedding.
- Carmen de Burgos – daughter of the village of Rodalquilar “Puñal de Claveles”
- Juan Goytisolo, "Campos de Níjar"
- José Angel Valente

- 1st cinematographic tourist route of Almeria in Los Albaricoques with the
original scenes from a great many of the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone
and others.
- Film projections in San José and Las Negras
- Open-air film viewings in summer

Ethnography: Ethnographic Trail, Water Trail, Pirate Trail

Arts and Crafts:
- Pottery: numerous traditional and contemporary pottery workshops and shops in Níjar
-Pita Escuela del Rio Aguas: create musical instruments and other objects from ecological agave wood.
- Rafael Ebrero: creates furniture and other objects from recycled material

Ulli Butz, Anne Kampschulte

The Cabo de Gata is an ideal place for drawing and painting outdoors.

At the website www.cabodegatalife you will find interviews with inhabitants of the Park along with cultural programmes and activities within the Natural Park.



Yoga: in San José, Sanamantra



Renewable energies:
- Information available at our Cortijo
- Solar Energy workshops organised by El Campillo

Workshops, Seminars, Team-building courses:
Possibility of accommodating groups for all kinds of activities.


And don’t forget one of the most important “activities”:
On the terraces, in the garden, on the roof, taking in the marvellous views this place offers.


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