LAS NEGRAS

Cabo de Gata
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Welcome to Las Negras

The peaceful Las Negras is another quaint white village on the Cabo de Gata coast. Considering that there are only about 350 inhabitants, there are a quite a few restaurants and bars. Most of the village developed in the 1970s when it became a haven for Bohemians and artists. Today, half of the population is made up of foreigners (mainly British, Italian & German). Although Las Negras beach is not one of the best in Cabo, there are a number of beautiful beaches to explore nearby. The famous hippie enclave of Cala San Pedro is best accessed from Las Negras either by boat of via a footpath (60 min).

Quaint street in Las Negras – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Quaint street in Las Negras

There are many theories for why the town is called Las Negras (the blacks). One having to do with women wearing black after their husbands die in a fishing accident and another about a black family in the 1920’s living in the area. However, it seems most likely that the name originated from the mountain located next to town that is known as Cerro Negro (Black Mountain). The Cerro Negro is made up of dark volcanic material.

Las Negras Beach

Las Negras beach – Cabo de Gata, Almeria
Las Negras beach
  • 650m long | dark sand and volcanic stones
  • Mix of rocks and sand. Not bad, but not worth getting out of your way to come to this beach
  • Great place to start a boat excursion (e.g. to Cala San Pedro)
  • Sometimes it can be windy with strong water currents
  • Basic services and amenities in the village (bars & restaurants, etc.)
  • Nice views of the Cerro Negro (“Black Mountain”) that separates Playa de las Negras from Cala San Pedro
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Beaches South of Las Negras

CALA DEL CUERVO

Cala del Cuervo – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Cala del Cuervo
  • 130m long | dark golden sand with some stones
  • Small cove among cliffs with a camping site on it (Camping La Caleta)
  • 1 min drive from las Negras
  • Great for snorkeling & scuba diving
  • Great panoramic views
  • From here, it is possible to hike along the coast to el Playazo de Rodalquilar (60 min one-way). It’s a beautiful hike and pretty easy
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EL PLAYAZO DE RODALQUILAR

La Calilla del Playazo – Cabo de Gata, Spain
La Calilla del Playazo
  • 400m long | golden sand
  • Access by car all the way to the beach
  • Gorgeous beach featuring the San Ramon Castle (18th century) and some fossilized dunes
  • Calm bay
  • Great for snorkeling & scuba diving
  • No amenities but there is one small chiringuito on the beach
  • Right before the San Ramon Castle is the charming Calilla del Playazo which is a smaller bay at the end of the main beach
Link to full guide about Playazo de Rodalquilar  FULL GUIDE TO PLAYAZO DE RODALQUILAR

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UNDEVELOPED BEACHES SOUTH OF EL PLAYAZO

  • Cala Bergantín, Cala de la Polacra and Cala Carnaje
  • Series of small undeveloped beaches with difficult access from land
  • Mostly pebbles
  • Calm waters and great marine life

Beaches North of Las Negras

CALA SAN PEDRO

Cala San Pedro – Cabo de Gata, Spain
Cala San Pedro
  • 225m long | golden sand
  • Historically very quiet because of the difficult access
  • Hiking from Las Negras takes 60 - 90 min
  • Community of nudist hippies living there
  • Until not long ago, it was very isolated because of the long walk there, nowadays boats transport people constantly from las Negras to this beach (12€ round trip)
  • Calm waters, great for snorkeling & scuba-diving
  • Fresh water spring next to the beach
  • Nudism is common
  • There is remnants of a defensive structure from the 16th century
  • People often camp on the beach, especially during high season
  • The beach can get packed and unfortunately full of trash
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QUAINT LITTLE COVES NORTH OF CALA SAN PEDRO

  • Cala Montoya, Cala Chumba and Cala del Puente
  • Coastline around here (from Rellana de San Pedro to Acantilados del Plomo) is rugged and irregular
  • Some cliffs hide quaint little coves such as the ones listed above

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