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Playa de los Muertos, Almeria

The beach of the Dead is a beach on the coast of Almeria , located in the municipality of Carboneras, just over 5 km south of the center of town. Owes its name to the frequency with which historically came to its shores the bodies of ship wrecked sailors, dragged by ocean currents that converge at this site

In 1987, Cabo de Gata was declared a national park by the Junta de Andalucía (regional government), which has since protected its mesmerizing landscape from the clutches of hoarding construction companies. It was helped further by UNESCO in 1997 when they named the area a Biosphere Reserve. As a result, the area’s pristine playas – packed with hidden coves, coral reefs, towering cliffs and ruined castles – have remained pockets of unparalleled beauty.

Arguably the most idyllic of all Cabo de Gata’s beaches is Playa de los Muertos, meaning ‘the beach of the dead’. Don’t let the name put you off; the only dead thing about this beach is the straightness of its formation against the tide. The postcard views had from Los Muertos Mirador (‘los muertos’ refers to the bodies of pirates and sailors that used to be washed up onto the shore) are exceptional. From there you can take a jagged, snaking path to the bottom, where gravel and tiny pebbles form the earth and serve to augment the transparency of the bay’s waters. The beach is easily recognized by a huge, curious rock formation at the far right end.

There is a kiosk by the viewpoint, but due to the economic restrictions that is just about it, so ensure that you take plenty of your own food and water with you. Parking is free, and the beach is signposted from the ALP-712.

Spains Most Beautiful Beaches © Creative & Research Monika Newbound

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