Cabo de Gata: desert in Europe

The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata is in the southeast corner of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The Cabo de Gata is a wild, isolated landscape (although currently suffering the pressure of tourism) and is the only region in Europe with a truly desert climate.

Cabo de Gata
Reef of Cabo de Gata

The natural park has mountainous and coastal areas. The Sierra del Cabo de Gata is the non-submerged part of an underwater volcanic mountain range that runs along the bottom of the Alboran Sea. It reaches its maximum height at the summit of Cerro del Fraile, at 492 meters above sea level. It has sharp peaks and crags in ocher or reddish, and falls steeply to the Mediterranean sea in high cliffs, divided by ravines that lead to white sand beaches, relatively untouched.

Cliffs at Cabo de Gata Park
Cliffs of Cabo de Gata
The park also has extensive underwater reefs teeming with life. In 1997 it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

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