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San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

Torreon de San Miguel de Cabo de Gata © Michelle Chaplow
Torreon de San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

San Miguel de Cabo de Gata

San Miguel de Cabo de Gata is the full name of a small fishing village located 10km to the north of the important Cape (Cabo de Gata) on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Although there are only a few houses, a small general store and a few beach bars here, its a good place to stock up on refreshments. The hamlet is withing the municipal district of Nijar.

The cape features a rocky coastline with a few inlets and very little sign of human development. It gives it name to the large Natural Park Cabo de Gata - Nijar.

Cabo de Gata village, Cabo de Gata cape and Cabo de Gata lighthouse can be visited by car taking the AL-3115 off the A-344 north of Almeria city at Retamar near the Almeria Airport. The A-3115 passes the small hamlet/village  of Cabo de Gata, then passed the salt lagoons, then  Iglesia de las Salinas the abandoned church with eerie restored tower. The road continues along the rocky coast to the lighthouse.   Information boards advise visitors about the location and the wildlife. There is a small car park and photo oportunities. The unmanned lighthouse is not open to the public. there is a viewpoint looking over the interesting coastal rock forms of the  Arrecife de las Sirenas (Mermaids Reef). Driving Route Description

At Cala de Coralette there are a few houses, car parking and a beach. 

The ALP-822 road continues a few kilometer further east past some small rocky coves to the barrier where you must continue on foot or bicycle.   The path cuts inland to traverse a couple of steep ravines. Small paths lead down to a number of interesting coves and beaches. After 3km you reach civilisaton and the Car park for the better known Playa Monsul, further on is  Playa Genoveses before continuing to the delights of the popular village of San José

If you are suitably equipped and organised this would be the excellent walk that most tourist miss out for the logistics. Draw straws for one of the party to drive round to Playa Monsul car park to meet you on arrival.

Torreón de San Miguel

The Torreón de San Miguel also known as or Torreón de Cabo de Gata is an 18th-century military watchtower. It is currently abandoned and awaiting a restoration project.

The construction of the structure was begun on 29 March 1756 by order of King Fernando VI to protect the town of La Almadraba de Monteleva and its salt flats. The design was carried out by the architect Tomás Warluzel d'Hostel.

The central tower has two floors plus the roof. The second floor is accessed by stairs with a bridge, rather than the simple rope ladder as most of the defensive  towers along the Andalucia coast.  According to soldier Antonio María de Bucareli, in 1762 the tower was garrisoned with two keepers, an infantry corporal, four soldiers and an artilleryman who controlled two cannons.

After the Peninsular War (War of Independence), the tower was abandoned, leaving the cannons in  the sand. It possibly had some use during the Spanish Civil War. After the defunction of the ‘Cuerpo de Carabineros’ in 1941 it became the headquarters of the Civil Guard. In the 1980s the outer wall with turrets on the corners was built. It was finally abandoned in 2000.

Hotels in Cabo de Gata hamlet

There are a few modest hotels in or near Cabo de Gata village. Alternatives are the seaside town of Retamar or the pretty coastal village of San José.

Book hotels in Cabo de Gata village

Situated in El Cabo de Gata in the Andalucía region, with Cabo de Gata and Cabo de Gata Natural Park nearby, Cortijo Los Flamencos features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. All units are fitted with air conditioning, and some have a flat-screen TV, washing machine, a coffee machine, completed with a kitchen.

Set on Las Salinas Beach in Cabo de Gata Nature Reserve, Hotel las Salinas offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It features a shared living area with a fireplace. Decorated simply and in warm tones, all rooms come with a TV and have a private bathroom.

This hotel is 400 metres from the beach in Cabo de Gata, and 100 metres from the Salinas with its exotic birdlife. It offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs.
Most of the spacious rooms at Hotel Blanca Brisa Cabo de Gata have a private balcony. They are also heated, and the private bathroom comes equipped with a hairdryer, bath and shower.