A white Andalusian village, with charm, tranquillity, space, and wild nature.
Las Negras is situated on the southeast tip of Spain 30Km from Almeria. Almeria has its own airport for both scheduled and charter flights. Las Negras is north of Almeria, in the heart of the Cabo de Gata Nature Park, situated on the Mediterranean Sea and hidden away behind the giant Punta Negra rock, from which the village gets its name.
The countryside around Las Negras is breathtaking and one of the best ways to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the natural scenery here is by foot. You can start exploring the area around the village using the many designated footpaths, which are in good condition and marked with spots of white paint on trees, rocks and posts.|
A short detour to one of the sights or peacefully walking along the beach one usually ends up at the Manteka Bar for some small fresh fish dishes. Las Negras has many walking tours to offer.
Take the route to the south along the cliffs and the lagoons and you will end up at the magnificently restored Castillo van Los Ecullous.
Walking in the shadow of Punta Negra you can reach San Perro, an old abandoned village and pirates' lair. This cove is only accessible by foot (about an hour's walk) or by regular boat trips in high season. A few nature lovers have decided to make their home here with the white sandy beach and crystal clear waters. San Perro also has a fresh-water fountain and a castle dating back to the thirteenth century with a tower that overlooks the bay. Taking the boat back in the afternoon sun will make it an unforgettable day.
Another suggestion is to visit one of the very small villages hidden among the mountains and go walking for the day. Each village has its own special attractions. Rodalquilar for example has its gold mines, and Fernan Perez its animal reserve, while La Isleta, its restaurants overlooking the sea, with delicious dishes prepared with fish caught by the local fishermen.
Acres and acres of open ground. A biker's paradise.
Mountain biking and cycling are viewed as both serious sports and a relaxing pastime in Andalusia. It is not unusual to be overtaken by a group of lycra-clad cyclists tackling the steep mountain roads, especially at weekends.
Everyone who has visited this area always returned. It is a lovely place with a lot of charm and authenticity, which can be hard to find in Spain these days. We invite all of you who enjoy nature to stay in Las Negras. You that you will not be disappointed!
|There is a different Spain waiting for you in Las Negras if you too associate beaches and Spain with mass tourism and mass commerce. Even during the busiest month, the coast around Las Negras is an oasis of space, peace and tranquillity. The coast is composed of jagged cliffs, small hidden coves, and lagoons with sandy beaches. The pure waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, and underwater photography. We have a very clean beach with our own natural swimming pool made from the small reef that juts out into the sea. Children and parents can bathe there safely.||
During wintertime or low season, the village is a peaceful place with only 300 inhabitants, walkers, joggers and fishermen enjoying the beaches. Sunbathing is possible in the winter months. The climate is good all year around with more hours of sunshine then any other region of Europe. On one of the frequent windless days of blue sky, it is warm enough to sunbathe and you can have the beach all to yourself. There are no private beaches in Spain; you have the right to walk the entire coastline. Recent laws prohibit construction too close to the coast. 'Acceso público a la playa' is a sign you may see. It means 'public access to the beach' probably a right of way over private land leading the beach.
Naturist Beach & suggestions
There are numerous naturist beaches in Andalusia. Local municipal councils have officially designated many of the beaches located outside the populated areas for naturists.
Costa de Almeria
Since a vacation is more then a nice accommodation in a lovely place, we have come up with a few possibilities that will make your stay even more special.
When in Las Negras we can offer the following three activities.
Usually we enjoy nature on the beach by walking or by driving a car. Discovering the same nature from the water is even more spectacular. If you really want to enjoy the colours, forms, flora, and fauna of this incredible, coast then our boat, Master del Mar, is the solution.|
Due to the volcanic mix on this coast, the reefs and Lagoons have fantastic forms and are covered with reds, yellows, and grey colours. Each form in combination with the sun, shadow, and the reflections from the clear water triggers the imagination. Slowly motoring along the coast is like seeing a film of colour and shapes.
Looking at the shoreline from the sea you will see how nature takes its own course.
Even if you do not snorkel. The water is so clear that you will enjoy the world under you.
The boat is very seaworthy, and equipped with life vests and emergency lamps. Naturally we will explain to you before hand the rules and regulations. Master del mar also has a powerful motor and some experience with boats is essential. With the mobile phone, we are reachable at all times.
Master de Mar is the only boat for rent in Las Negras. It is therefore very important that if you wish to rent it you contact us well in advance. For practical reasons, the boat is for rent for a minimum of 7 days.
Scuba diving in Gabo de Gata
Due to the high percentage of oxygen in the sea water Cabo de Gata is an ideal spot for scuba diving. The whole area is known for the numerous little lagoons, deserted beaches, and creeks, and is ideal for beginners as well as experienced divers.|
All the equipment that you might need can be rented per day at the scuba diving centre.
Both Rodalquilar (7 km from Las Negras) and San Jose have a PADI centres.
Become a cowboy in Gabo de Gata
Exploring Cabo de Gata with a horse is not done along paved roads or walking trails. With a horse, you can discover wild and untouched nature around you. The horses that belong to Sylvia in Las Negras know the area and will take you through the most fantastic sceneries. Even though Las Negras is an eldorado for walkers.
|With a horse, you can enjoy the area even more, and explore fantastic natural areas where not even the most experienced walker can reach. The area is very rough but with a horse, you will be able to climb higher and deeper along the coast.|
You can rent the horses by the day or week. Each day they will be ready for you at the appointed time. The stables are at Punta Negra about 10 min walk fro the village centre or can be reached by car.
See you soon and take good care
Jaap & Michael
It is not only the dry clean air and the extremely high percentage of oxygen in the seawaters around Las Negras that have made me choose this small village as a place to live in.
Through the years, many of our guests have experienced that a stay in Las Negras is soothing for both body and mind. Many admitted that after a day or two a sense of tranquillity takes over. Most guests adjust to the "Las Negras tempo of living".
Naturally, there is more.
Due to the dry clean air, many guests with rheumatoid disorders, artrosis or osteoporosis find a stay in Las Negras very comforting. Within a few days, they experience less pain and more suppleness.
The combination of temperature, dry air and the relaxed atmosphere in Las Negras has an encouraging effect and many return.
Carlos, who lives in Las Negras as well will be of service if you are in need of a physiotherapy treatment or just a relaxing massage.
There is a doctor in the village that gives consultation every day. Services are free of charge.
In Campohermoso, 5 km away from Las Negras there is a big and modern clinic with all medical facilities.
There are excellent doctors (médicos) throughout Andalusia, although finding a doctor who speaks good English can be a problem, particularly in rural areas. However, there's a wide choice of foreign and Spanish English speaking doctors and other medical practitioners here, including American, Scandinavian and, of course, British. For an up to date list of the latter, contact the British Consulate in Malaga.
Bear in mind that if you wish to see a doctor, who is contracted to Spain's public health service, you may have little choice of doctor and they will almost certainly all be Spanish. Many tourist offices also keep a list of English speaking doctors and SUR in English, which is available every Friday throughout the Costa del Sol, generally carries advertisements for some of the local English dentists and doctors as doctors are allowed to advertise their services in Spain. General practitioners or family doctors are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Médicos' and specialists under their speciality.
The ratio of doctors to inhabitants is comparable with other western European countries and in most of the cities and resort, areas here there are more than enough doctors. Always try to choose a doctor who allocates you sufficient time and who will explain his diagnosis and recommended course of treatment. Note that if you do not speak Spanish, you may need a translator if you see a Spanish doctor.
If you take regular medication, are undergoing a course of treatment, or suffer from a long-term illness or disability, you should ask your present (overseas) doctor to provide a short statement about your case and have it translated into Spanish before arriving in Spain.
If you have private health insurance, you can choose to see any doctor at any time and are not required to register with a doctor or visit a doctor within a certain distance of your home. This also makes it easy to obtain a second opinion, should you wish to do so.
If you need the services of a medical auxiliary such as a nurse, physiotherapist or chiropodist, you must obtain a referral or prescription from a doctor. Health insurance companies also usually insist on a referral from a family doctor but if you have a free choice policy, you can select your own specialist or other practitioner. In Spain, specialists do not require patients to have a doctor's referral. Note, however, that a referral is necessary for public health patients and may be required under a private health insurance policy.
Pharmacies (chemists) identified by a neon lit green cross will provide most medicines, including some, such as antibiotics, without a prescription. They will also give advice about ailments and suggest remedies (usually in Spanish except on the Costa del Sol and other tourist areas however).
Each town has a local duty chemist that is open 24 hours. This will be listed in the window of all pharmacies and in the local paper.
The emergency medical services are extremely good and in Andalusia, you can dial a special general number for the emergency services where there are multi lingual operators available. (Servicios de Urgencias).
You should try to give the age of the patient and type of emergency. Some useful words are heart attack (ataque cardiaco or infato), ambulance (ambulancia) and doctor (médico). If you are involved in a life-threatening situation, such as a serious car accident, you (or someone with you) should call for an ambulance. Either call the emergency ambulance number or the Red Cross (Cruz Roja) 952 443 545. There are also 24-hour state medical centres Pharmacies throughout the region with ambulances. In an emergency, a hospital must treat you, regardless of your ability to pay. If you are physically able, you can go yourself to a hospital emergency or casualty department (urgencia) or a 24-hour public health clinic.
The telephone numbers of first aid stations are listed at the front of telephone directories and many are equipped with ambulances. Check in advance which local hospitals are equipped to deal with emergencies and the quickest route from your home. This information may be of vital importance in the event of an emergency.
Most pharmacies post a list of local clinics and hospitals where emergency medical treatment is available.
If you are unable to visit your doctor's surgery, a doctor will visit you at home at any time of day or night. If you need a doctor or medicine in a non-urgent situation and are unable to contact a doctor, ring your local police station for help. Alternatively, for a fee you can call 098 to obtain the number of a pharmacy that is open near you. If you are unlucky enough for a member of your party to have an accident and are taken by ambulance to the Urgencias department of a hospital the admissions procedure is as follows.
The patient will be taken immediately through to the treatment rooms. The family is NOT allowed in. A member of the family should go to the adjacent office to register the patient, Giving name, nationality, passport number, and insurance if known. The family must then go to the waiting room and wait. When the doctors believe the patient can receive visitors the family will be called through. Listen out carefully for the calls for 'Famillia de John Smith'. It seems like a long wait but be patient in the chaos, the system works well. It is useful if a second family member is present. The patient may at this time remain in intensive care, be transferred to the wards, or be discharged.
There are both private and state run ambulance services for emergency and non-urgent needs.
Private ambulance services provide a 24-hour service in most towns and are listed by town under Ambulances in the Yellow Pages. Most clinics and private hospitals also operate their own ambulance services. Ambulances are equipped with emergency equipment such as oxygen and life-support systems and drivers and staff are trained to provide first-aid.
On the Costa del Sol, there is also an emergency private helicopter service (helicópteros sanitarios) for which you can subscribe annually for a small fee. Social security patients do not pay for ambulance services and private patients are reimbursed by their private health insurance (or travel insurance). By law, taxis are obligated to transport medical emergencies to hospital when requested to do so.
This is probably the perfect combination - to see, sense and taste the different aspects of Andalusia.
The riches of art and culture in combination with the authentic countryside enable you to discover the real Spain. It is so simple. The Moorish cities have several airports and Las Negras is less than 30 min away from Almeria. You can arrive at one airport while departing from another. In Spain, you can choose your own arrival and departure location.
Information about the Moorish cities
A combination package of the Moorish cities and a stay in Las Negras is very simple. Andalusia is very easy to reach by airplane. In case you want to enjoy the Moorish cities first, then relax, and recharge your batteries, you can start your trip in Malaga, Jerez, or Granada.
It is just as easy to start with Las Negras by flying into Almeria and then visit Gaudix, Jaen, Cazorla or Granada. You can fly back from any airport. In Spain, you are NOT required to fly back from the airport of arrival.
You can also combine your holiday with one of the many fiestas in Andalusia. The Spanish enjoy life, they love good food, lots of music and the southern temperament makes it all even more out of the ordinary.
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