7 nights
65 mls (km)
South East Spain
Jan to Jun, Sep to Dec

Authentic Spanish Hiking in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park

  • Hike the only desert in mainland Europe
  • Explore Andalucia’s longest section of protected coastline, a UNECO Biosphere reserve
  • Stay overnight in the charming fishing villages of Agua Amarga, Rodalquilar and San José
  • Stroll along the pristine beaches of Las Negras and Las Salinas
  • Walk an area that featured as a location in many famous spaghetti western films
  • Observe the remains of the gold mining industry at Rodalquilar
  • Extend your walk with a visit to the beautiful locations of Almería and Granada
  • Chance upon the areas wildlife, including flamingos in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Why this walk?

Thanks to the efforts of the environmentalist Francisca Díaz Torres (or Doña Pakyta), a landscape singular among walking holidays in Europe, has been kept beautifully in its natural state. The route links two sides of a truly diverse landscape, with arid, desert-like surroundings on one hand, offset by the deepest blues of the Mediterranean sea on the other. Here, annual rainfall is the lowest in Europe, yet more than 1000 species of wildlife and fauna thrive in the stark, volcanic environment. With boundless scenery that stretches for miles, the views are staggering and as you hike along the rocky ridge of the desert, it’s easy to find a sense of serenity and peace of mind hiking in an region where everything is on such a grand scale. A Cabo de Gata walking holiday is ideal for anyone looking to get away from it all and hike Spain’s most vast, open region.

Walking Holiday map for the Cabo de Gata
Our Cabo de Gata holidays take you from Almería to San José

The Path

Our hiking programme uses three different villages across the national park as a base to explore a new area of the Cabo de Gata each day, with alternating routes along the coast and inland. The sleepy former fishing village of Agua Amarga, is off-the-beaten-track in the truest sense. You won't find any tourist traps here, just graceful white stone architecture and miles of unspoilt surf. Rodalquilar is further inland, within the dramatic volcanic valleys of the park, where the remains of a former gold mining industry are open for exploration. The last stop, in the quirky commune at San José, is surrounded by some of the regions most pristine beaches. Its central location means you're never far away from the most flawless, natural spaces of the Cabo de Gata.There are some fantastic sea views on this hike, as you follow old railway lines, narrow goat tracks and the routes down to the peaceful coves along the shoreline. Navigation shouldn't be a cause for concern, as most of the path is well way-marked, although you may find that some sections of the path are fairly uneven underfoot.

The Accommodation

The style of accommodation across the coast of the Cabo de Gata national park is simple and elegant. Don't expect cutting-edge or all mod-cons, but rooms with fantastic views - designed to let in plenty of sunlight and showcase the beauty of the region. For the nights you spend along the coast, the location is unbeatable. You'll be within short distance of the beach, with terraces and balconies overlooking the sea from the hotel. Where we divert inland for two nights, the desert hotels usually include additional facilities such as a swimming pools, a spa and tennis courts.We have carefully selected all accommodation to ensure that it is the best of its kind that the area has to offer, and walkers can expect to stay in comfortable and spacious Hotels and B&Bs with en suite rooms, surrounded by beautiful scenery and looked after by welcoming hosts.

Our Cabo de Gata Itineraries

  • Agua Amarga to San José
    Distance: 65 miles (104.5km)
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £830 pp
    Agua Amarga to San José
        7 nights, 6 days
    Ref: SPA-CDG1
    Grade: Classic

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    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 nights
    7 breakfasts,
    5 packed lunches
    Two sharing ppSolo walkerSingle person (in a group)
    13/10/2023 - 23/12/2023£795£1,125£1,060
    24/12/2023 - 31/12/2023£855£1,190£1,130
    23/03/2024 - 31/03/2024£1,195£1,195£1,130
    01/04/2024 - 14/05/2024£1,195£1,195£1,130
    15/05/2024 - 25/05/2024£895£1,240£1,175
    26/05/2024 - 13/06/2024£920£1,290£1,230
    15/09/2024 - 30/09/2024£920£1,290£1,230
    01/10/2024 - 12/10/2024£1,195£1,195£1,130
    13/10/2024 - 30/11/2024£830£1,170£1,105


    Your route is mainly made up of rural tracks, both surfaced and rough - as well as the "las ramblas" trails (dry river-beds), dunes, beaches and footpaths. You may find some of the sections uneven underfoot, with loose bits of rock and stone. Most sections are well way-marked.

    A days walks averages at about 4 to 7 hours on foot, with infrequent steep ascents and descents (a max ascent/descent of 650m over the walk). Please bear in mind that easier alternate routes will occasionally be available, the details of which will be in your walk pack.

    • Accommodation for 7 nights in very comfortable hotels, with breakfast included
    • Half board, with packed lunch for 5 days
    • Detailed maps and route notes in English
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfers during walk
    • 24-hour telephone assistance
    Optional Extras
    • Extra nights/ rest days in any of the locations ~ Please enquire for extra night prices
    • Extra nights at any of the hotels near the airports (Murcia, Málaga, Granada, Almería...)
    • Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the holiday
    • Optional transfers from the last accommodation to the first one to collect the car
    Not Included
    • Lunches and dinners on the last 2 days. You can buy provisions or order a packed lunch at the accommodation
    • Rental car
    • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips etc

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Cabo de Gata holidays are available to walk January to June, September to December.

    Almería has just one airport (LEI), transfer arrangements between the airport and town are optional - let us know and the point of booking and we'll be more than happy to arrange this service for you.

    Easyjet now offers fairly frequent, direct flights from London Gatwick to Almería. You can see their latest flight timetable here: www.easyjet.com

    There also less frequent flight from Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle.

    Please be aware that if you plan on flying from other UK locations to Almería, you may need to change in Madrid.

    Almería is by no means the only airport in the Andalucia region, and there are also frequent flights to Málaga, Granada and Alicante.

    Clients are responsible for booking their own air travel to the Andalucia region.

    We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    Cabo de Gata Client Reviews

    4.9/5 based on 3 reviews
    It was excellent exercise.
    - September 2019
    We were especially impressed with the accommodation and food. Celtic Trails were well organised, there was good client contact and comprehensive instructions.
    - April 2019
    Fantastic scenery. Walks challenging enough to make them interesting. Enjoyed the mix of beach and rugged landscape. All hotels were well located. Good communication in planning holiday.
    - April 2019
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