Along the coastline part of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata from San Jose to Agua Amarga lies many relatively unspoiled small villages and the inland areas from the coast have the dramatic dark volcanic Sierra de Gata mountains, adjacent dunes and wetland areas attract breeding birds and migrants.
From the popular sea resort, San Jose it’s less than 12 km to the small less known fishing village La Isleta. Well signposted off the main road, with less than 1 km to La Isleta. Approaching the village white houses piled near the beach. At the entrance to the village, the largest beach Playa del Penon Blanco.
A fish restaurant on the waterfront with lovely sea views overlooking small fishing boats moored on the seabed. A few more restaurants and bars some shops and holiday accommodation in Hotels, apartments. Busy in July and August. La Isleta is a small charming village, easy and tranquil pace, Relax, reading, walking, swimming. There is a diving center in the village.
If you are keen to explore more of the area.Continue from La Isleta towards Rodalquilar and Las Negras. Less than 2 km after leaving La Isleta, stop at La Amatista( signposted and with a parking area, a viewpoint stop, with magnificent coastal views.
Follow the main road north and head inland to the old mining village of Rodalquilar, located in a green and pleasant valley, a strong contrast to the “desert-like” landscape experience for most of the Almeria region, especially inland.
Parque Natural Cabo de Gata has a Visitor Office. Visit the Minas del Oro de Rodalquilar (the mines) and the interesting Casa de Los Volcanos exhibition.
Rodalquilar’s beaches Playa el Playazo and the smaller Calilla del Playazo is nearby. There is some good accommodation as well here. Hotels like
a charming smallish fishing village and an ideal place for resting and relaxation bring a few books with you. The village has restaurants, bars some with live music, shops, hotel, hostels, and self-catering accommodation. Las Negras is a popular and somewhat trendy place to stay. The beach is in the center of the town and easily accessible. Beach of dark and colored stones, and sand, maybe not ideal for beachgoers seeking only fine sand, however, the sea is crystal clear. Ideal place for snorkeling and diving, especially to the east of the beach which is called the Cerro Negro (Black Mountain) with its stone cliffs of dark volcanic origin. A tiny part of the beach is shared with small fishing boats during daytime and when the evening comes they all set off for fishing.
On each side of Las Negras, there are beaches. South of La Negras main beach is Cala del Cuervo beach. Camping available at Rambla del Cuervo, signposted on the main road before you enter Las Negras. The other beach is Cala San Pedro Beach, a bay completely isolated. Only to be reached by sea or 2 hours walking on the hillside. There is a small hippie colony living here.