Route of the Mediterranean Coast

ITINERARY: Málaga - Nerja - Almuñécar - La Herradura - Adra - Roquetas de Mar - Punta Sabina - Almería - Cabo de Gata.

The route starts out to the south of Málaga at the mouth of the Guadalhorce, which in spite of its degradation provides a resting and stopping off place for migration birds crossing the Straits of Gibraltar. In this area the sugar cane crops are of interest and appear as a prelude to the tropical crops which wil come into view in the dales of Motril and Almuñécar. On the border between Málaga and Granada are the cliffs of Maro and Cerro Gordo, with coves and beaches where sea birds such as the common razorbill and the black-headed gull, the herring gull and the lesser black-backed gull may be observed. Going on past the beach of La Herradura, subtropical crops are grown such as the cherimoya fruit, the papaya fruit, the avocado and the mango. Entering now the province of Almería we come to the "albufera" lagoon of Adra, a refuge of vital importance for aquatic birds. The route then passes on to the interesting setting of Punta Entinas - a savin juniper wood with Audoiun gull, the miniature gull, the lesser-backed gull, slender-billed gull and black-headed gull.

The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Park is our final destination on this route. It stands out for the important volcanic outcrops of the Gata mountains, and differs form the rest of the coast in that it is sedimentary in nature with lagoons and wet areas. Along this stretch of coastline, the presence of the most endanged Mediterranean mammal, a type of seal, has been observed for years.

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