There are some delightful natural areas just a short drive from Roquetas. The Cabo de Gata Natural Park is less than one hour’s drive from Roquetas.

Cabo de Gata

The cape itself is visible across the bay and beyond that there are the un-spoilt beaches and unique wildlife of the protected coastal reserve. It is also only an hour’s drive to the Alpujarras – that delightful area of picturesque white villages that cling to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

Cabo de Gata 2

It is but half an hour’s journey if one accepts that the mountain village of Enix is, in fact, part of that delightful region made famous by writers Gerald Brenan and Chris Stewart.

The Village of Enix
The Village of Enix

Certainly, on arriving at the village in the Sierra de Gádor there is a sign welcoming visitors to the Alpujarra Almeriense.

 Sierra de Gádor

As far as I am concerned it is just one of the delightful mountain villages to visit whenever I wish to go for a short drive from the coastal resort of Roquetas de Mar which, incidentally has over 300 sunny days per year. No wonder the welcoming signs in Roquetas say “Roquetas de Mar también en invierno” – also in winter!

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