Bitacora Las Negras

Nature Reserve Nature Reserve Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve

Cabo de Gata nature reserve is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European western Mediterranean covering 460 km˛ including the village of Las Negras, the nearby town of Carboneras, and 120 km˛ of the sea as a part of a marine reserve. The area is of volcanic origin, resulting in a rugged landscape and an enchanting coloration.

The climate is semi arid to the extent of being one of the driest locations in Europe. In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Among its rich plant life are a number of drought loving plants, including the only European indigenous palm. In the maritime zone the important Posidonia seegrass provides shelter for a wide range of species. Up until the 1960s it was one of the last locations where the endangered monk seal bred in Spain. They are occasionally sighted off-shore but no breeding has taken place since the late ‘60’s.

The growth of the tourist industry is restricted and there are no large scale developments. Beaches are numerous, secluded and of relative quiet. The area around Bitacora provides wonderful opportunities for hiking. Other outdoor activities near-by include biking, diving, kayaking and fishing. There are two 18-hole golf courses in the vicinity.