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  • Plastic greenhouses stretch into the distance
    Plastic greenhouses stretch into the...
    by Bwana_Brown
  • Topographical map of Cabo de Gata area
    Topographical map of Cabo de Gata area
    by Bwana_Brown
  • Google map of plastic greenhouses west of Almeria
    Google map of plastic greenhouses west...
    by Bwana_Brown

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    Greenhouses blight the landscape

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 1, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Unfortunately, not one of my favourite things or fondest memory. As we passed through this beautiful area on our drives from and back to Alicante, we were very surprised and disappointed at the extent of a new industry that has sprung up here in recent years - the use of plastic greenhouses to grow all sorts of crops for a hungry continent. This is a view of just a few of them taken from our car window as we approached Almeria on our way to Cabo de Gata. On our original drive down, we first noticed them in the Nijar area just north of that protected nature park followed by the entire landscape covered with them west of Almeria and finally petering out around Motril, a distance of about 150-km. The second photo was taken from a Google satellite image showing Almeria (red) on the right with a growing mass of plastic roofs to its west as they spread up the mountainside as far as they can go as well as down to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea (we drove through on the 'orange' super-highway). Those place names mixed in among the greenhouses are small towns and villages that are now completely surrounded by them! Thanks to almost continuous sunshine, the area is now the major breadbasket of Europe and has also attracted a large population of immigrants from other European countries and North Africa to tend the plants.

    Fondest memory: From one of the web-sites describing the process: {A... M..., one of thousands of smallholders who have built this plastic jungle, knows how to put fresh tomatoes on British tables in January or courgettes at Christmas. He grows crops that have no direct contact with nature beyond sun, air and water. "You really should wear shorts in here," he says in the 45C (113F) heat as he points to tubes from which tomato plants sprout.

    Mr M's plants will never touch soil - they grow from bags filled with oven-puffed grains of white perlite stone. Chemical fertilisers are drip-fed to each plant from four large, computer-controlled vats in a nearby room. He talks proudly of his vats. They hold, he says, potassium nitrate, magnesium and potassium sulphate, calcium nitrate and phosphoric acid. "The plants get exactly what they need, nothing more and nothing less," he says. "There is no waste."}. A major concern locals have is the effect all the chemicals are having on their surrounding environment.

    Plastic greenhouses stretch into the distance Google map of plastic greenhouses west of Almeria
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    The Landscape and our route

    by Bwana_Brown Updated May 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This map gives some idea of the lay of the land around Cabo de Gata, showing the volcanic mountain range running along the coast before it comes to an end at the headland where the lighthouse is located. We were driving up from the left side as we departed the Malaga area but took a detour into this special area once we had bypassed the large and sprawling city of Almeria just off the map.

    Our little drive along the straight coastline on the western side (left) of the peninsula came to an end at the Lighthouse, where the road ends. We did not mind retracing our steps as we easily found the road leading through a pass in the middle of the mountain range, continuing onward to the main town of San Jose. It turned out to be a pleasant stop-over, located as it is in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Reserve with a great variety of magnificent scenes whether on the beach or in the mountains. The next day, we continued up along the coast before finally swinging inland through another pass in the mountains to reach the A7/E15 superhighway once again.

    Topographical map of Cabo de Gata area
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    Guied excursion at Cabo de Gata

    by Carmela71 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: First we did a guided tour of five hours in a jeep with a great guide.

    Regards Miguel! down you will find all the information to have a look to their pages!

    The coast route by jeep goes through:

    San Jose, where the information offices are settle

    Playa de los Genoveses

    Playa de Monsul (one of my favorites with Los Escullos)

    Vela Blanca way (only guides allowed)

    Faro de Cabo de gata


    Bird observatory in Charcon de los Morales

    Estepa litoral

    Visitors center of Amoladeras

    And back to San Jose.

    Later we visited Los Escullos, La isleta del moro, las negras, Agua Amarga, Playa de los muertos and Mojacar.

    Fondest memory: Durante 5 horas hicimos una visita guiada en jeep. Como solo eramos cuatro personas y el guia lo pudimos disfrutar como si fuera una visita privada, parando a nuestro antojo y mareando de preguntas a Miguel, nuestro guia.

    Gracias a Dios, Miguel, es de los que disfrutan enseñanado aquello que aman con una paciencia increible con nosotros.

    No dudeis en contactar con ellos para un primer contacto con el parque, ya que suelen aconsejar los mejores itinerarios para hacer luego por tu cuenta.

    Ademas el recorrido que hicimos, es uno de los que solo ellos pueden pasar por alli.

    La ruta en el jeep sale desde San José, donde están situadas las oficinas de información del parque, pasa por la playa de los genoveses y para en la playa del Mosul.

    Esta playa es muy conocida, ya que se han grabado muchas películas y videos en ella.

    Después fuimos por el camino de Vela Blanca hasta el faro de Cabo de Gata. Este camino esta solo permitido para los jeeps del grupo o hay que pasarlo andando)

    De allí fuimos a Salinas, donde paramos a desayunar, el bar estaba lleno de fotos de famosos actores que han grabado allí (Ava Gadner entre ellos)... Un rincón increíble...

    En Salinas encontramos esta iglesia, famosa por salir en muchos anuncios y videos musicales. Y por supuesto la fabrica de sal (salinas) de donde se consigue gran parte de la sal del mercado.

    Nos paramos en el observatorio de pájaros en Los Charcos de los Morales y seguimos en jeep por la estepa litoral hasta el centro de visitantes de las Amoladeras, donde vimos un video del parque. De aquí vuelta a San José.

    Por la tarde fuimos (ya por nuestra cuenta) desde San José toda la costa hacia el norte hasta Mojacar. Paramos en la playa de los Escullo (definitivamente una de las playas y entornos mas maravillosos que he visto). Seguimos hacia la Isleta del Moro, la playa de las negras, Agua amarga, la paya de los muertos hasta Mojacar.

    De allí vuelta por la autovía a Aguadulce

    Los Escullos Beach
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    Cabo de gata natural park

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Favorite thing: One of the few remaining hidden paradises in the Mediterranean:

    First we did a guided tour of five hours in a jeep with a great guide. See details down. Regards Miguel!

    Fondest memory: for information about the routes Grupo J.126 SL Phone 00 34 950 38 02 99, fax number 00 34 950 61 10 55. It is a great route with jeep. They have to options: the coast one (this one) and the interior one (sorry did not have time) LOL

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