Carboneras is a delightful Spanish fishing village at the beginning of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

The castle square, at the heart of the town, is a great place to have a cold glass of beer or refreshing cappuccino while you plan your next few days. While you’re there, take a look round the Castle, built in the 16th century.

Carboneras is also the ideal place to begin your exploration of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. It’s a well protected landscape of long deserted beaches, volcanic hills and abundance of bird life, including flocks of stunning pink flamingos.

You’ll take in unforgettable, dramatic views of remote cliffs and wild rugged coves; best seen from the viewing platform of the lonely lighthouse, located at the tip of the southern peninsular.

The climate here is one of the sunniest and driest in Spain and with more than 300 days of sunny weather, you really should make the most of Carbonera’s beautiful beaches.

Carboneras’s real beauty is in its coastline, there are three Blue Flag beaches along the 17 km of coastline; El Ancon, Las Mininicar and Los Barquicos.

The sands of these beaches are kept scrupulously clean and their clear, calm waters are ideal for windsurfing, sailing and diving. They each have areas that are fully accessible for people who have disabilities.

Nearby Playo de los Muertos is also worth a visit if you’re looking for a more secluded bathing area. It’s a fifteen minute walk from the car park but well worth it for the peace and quiet you’ll find on this deserted beach.

Follow the coast of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the most beautiful wild, rocky coves in all of Almería. 100m high cliffs drop down to hidden secluded coves of clean, white sand and sparkling water.