Spain is one of the European destinations where you have access to a very large diversity of outdoor pursuits. This is not only because of the great weather, but also the topography. Spain is a very mountainous land that lends itself very well to walking and climbing. The area known as the Costa de Almeria in the south eastern part of Spain has some fantastic mountains, which while not reaching the dizzying heights of some of the Alpine mountains; they have a real rugged beauty.
It is well known that many people come to the Costa de Almeria to lay in the sun all day on a towel draped over a deckchair on one of the white sandy beaches, which are famous along this coastline of the province of Almeria and also the neighboring province of Malaga, whilst sipping at a beer with the thought of doing nothing else but walking to the nearest restaurant or bar. There are certain towns and cities which offer an atmosphere of partying 24/7, 365 days a year. So, for some people, the Costa de Almeria just means that rapacious atmosphere of all night parties and package holidays, although there is so much more to do here.
Choosing the Costa de Almeria for a walking holiday may seem to some quite ridiculous, but is only the built-up seaside resorts that everyone thinks of when they talk about the Costa de Almeria. Once you get outside the large tourist areas you will find a place with a rugged enduring beauty. Everywhere you go here you will encounter places and people that will surprise you.
If you come on a walking holiday, you can choose to stay in one of the tourist areas and “commute” to your walking destinations each day, but there is really no need to do that, as the Gabo de Gato natural park is well catered for when it comes to accommodation. You should be able to find hotels, pensions, self catering accommodation, camp sites; in fact there are so many different types of accommodation to suit a variety of budgets.
There are actually three airports which service the region. The first airport is in Almeria, which is only about 35 minutes drive from the city. In the south, the airport at Malaga is also usable with many cheap flights from the UK, yet located about 3 hours away. Then there is Murcia airport, an up and coming airport located just under two hours away.