Visit the Cortijo del Fraile when you go to Cabo de Gata. Besides the beauty of the place, it was the scene of a crime of passion in the early twentieth century. The "Crime of Nijar" inspired Federico García Lorca to write his play "Blood Wedding". The cottage where it all happened is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. It is currently in ruins and abandoned. Due to the pressure of several intellectuals in Almeria, the cottage has been declared a cultural site.
Nijar is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Located in Almeria, in the southeast of Spain. It boasts the great Natural Park Cabo de Gata and has a long tradition of crafts, like pottery and rugs. Nijar pottery is the best example of the persistence of the Arabic culture through the centuries. Similarities in processing and decoration leave no doubt of this fact. At present there are some ceramic workshops in the lower part of town. The Watchtower is a hill with a magnificent view over the mountains, orchards and the village of Nijar. In the distance you can see the mountains of Cabo de Gata and the Mediterranean. The Jarapa is a blanket of various sizes made from cotton and woven with strips of fabric scraps obtained from used clothing. Today the rugs are generally used as carpets but in earlier times they were used to protect mattresses from friction of the mattress and even in the olive groves for the olive harvest. The word "rag" is derived from the word "Jarapa".
Within the natural landscape and the Cabo de Gata Nijar area, you will find another sandy beach with dark sand. The beach forms a straight line that allows you a wide view of the coast from the north, beyond the beach Granatillas, to the town of Carboneras, located a couple of kilometers further south. The beach is quite and devoid of the crowds of people that we have become so accustomed to in the Mediterranean during summer. The water is crystal clear and the beach itself very clean.
Enjoy a wonderful sunset from the Sea Terrace next to Cala Higuera. It is modest but enjoy the view and tranquility, it is well worth taking the last swim of the day in this cove and to enjoy the sunset on this terrace afterwards.
The baking time of the clay in the oven is between 9 and 11 hours and the temperature has to be, by eye, between 900 and 1,000 degrees. The dishes are stacked one over the other, matching edges, so they do not twist. The clay is dried in the sun to remove excess mud. When put in the oven, the dishes are kept separate in order to keep them from sticking together. From the raw clay until the piece is sold it passes 32 times through the hands of the potter. The potter uses kaolin, cobalt blue and gray paint, which is the base color. The figures are usually strips or spots.
The trail leaves from the village of Las Negras on a road that leads to Crow Creek (Cala del Cuervo), where you leave your vehicle and continue on foot. To the right of the creek a path begins that leads to the summit of Cerro El Romero, along the path the sea the village of Negras, Crow Creek and Playazo beach are spectacular. The route is just under seven km and will take about two hours. It is worth it.
We heard about this place and were curious to visit this garden. It is located on the grounds of the Rodalquilar Public House in the town of Nijar in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. The ground is exceptionally adapted to aridity and the presence of certain concentrations of salts in the soil. Each group of plant is grouped according to their ecosystem and their names and data sheet. http://www.andalucia.org/ocio-y-diversion/parques-de-ocio/almeria/jardin-botanico-el-albardinal/
If you want to break the tranquility of Cabo de Gata, visit this room to have a drink. It also has a concert schedule (not free), which is always worthwhile and held by the sea. It boasts an indoor and a terrace area. In front there is a parking lot where you can park for free.