Del Estrecho

Del Estrecho Type: Nature park Province: Cádiz Municipality: Algeciras, Tarifa
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A bridge between continents, a prolific meeting point of two bodies of salt water such as the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean, this coastline of the Strait, its relief, its flora and fauna, the history of its people, cannot be understood without the silent and whimsical sculpting work of its eternal winds.

Located in the far southwest of the province of Cadizextends along a coastline of more than sixty kilometres long and a nautical mile offshore. The natural richness resides in its numerous unique formations, such as beaches, cliffs and underwater caves. The first is the one in Los Lances, declared a natural site due to the value of the landscape and fauna that it possesses. Furthermore, on the isthmus of Punta Camarinal there is a natural monument, the Bolonia Sand Dune, an active dune of over thirty metres in height.

General information

Extension: 18931 hectares Date of declaration: 21/03/2003 Environmental units:Litoral del Estrecho (The Coast of the Strait) Routes:Cadiz by the TransAndalus, MTB centre Alcornocales, IE-028 Costa de Trafalgar: Guadalmesí - Tarifa
Quality marks:European Charter for Sustainable TourismReserva de la Biosfera

Fauna and flora

The vegetation is conditioned by the winds and a strong and historic human presence. The peaks of the La Plata and San Bartolomé mountains, where the Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture and peregrine falcon fly, offer little vegetation due to the abundance of rocky outcrops, with only the growth of low bushes, grassland and botanical endemisms. In the lower areas, with better soil, there are groves of cork oak, wild olive trees and reforested pine. On the rocky beaches and cliffs, under the influence of winds, marram grass, stone pine, juniper, camarina, sea juniper and many water birds - Kentish plovers, sanderlings and Audouin's gulls.

Its sandy seabeds are home to dense meadows of phanerogams, such as sea grass. Further into the sea, where the red and brown seaweed, such as laminaria, form copses, we find marine fauna of great value. In addition to the whales, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, porpoises, tuna and sharks, there are several endemisms present: sponges, jellyfish, molluscs and crustaceans.

The fauna increases considerably during the migratory steps to form a festival of life, as thousands of birds up to 300 species cross the Strait of Gibraltar to travel between Europe and Africa: black stork, black vultures, golden eagles, Montagu's harrier,… It is also the route of numerous sea mammals in their journeys between the two salt water masses.

What to do

It's status as a meeting and transit point favours an extensive touristic offering, a good example of this is wildlife watching, of both birds that periodically cross from one continent to another, as well as the cetaceans that move from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and vice versa. There is also snorkelling in one of the best seabeds of Andalusia, the meeting point of three biogeographic provinces, or the practice of sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, as it is no coincidence that Tarifais known as the capital of the wind.

With feet firmly on the land, the wide range of routes and viewpoints allow you to experience the rich heritage of a coast is dotted with beacon towers - Valdevaqueros, La Peña or Guadalmesí - and lighthouses such as those at Cabo de Gracia in Camarinal, Guadalmesí, Isla de Tarifa and Punta Carnero, protagonists of naval battles and stories of legendary pirates. The special conditions for climbing in the neighbouring Sierra de San Bartolomé and the rich archaeological heritage of the Baelo Claudiain Bologna, are just a few examples of the varied tourist and leisure attractions in this protected natural setting.

Sports:Diving, Horse riding, Climbing, Water skiing, Kitesurfing, Multi-adventure activities, Skydiving, Fishing, Kayaking, Bungee jumping, Hiking, Surfing, Off-road vehicles, Hot air ballooning, Free Flying, Sailing, Windsurfing, Mountain biking

Interest Points

Information services

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Contact data

Location

Address: Calle Coghen, 3 - San Fernando
Postal code:11100
Municipality:Algeciras, Tarifa
Province:Cádiz

Trails

  • El sendero La Peña recorre la ladera más meridional de la sierra de En medio, entre la ensenada de Valdevaqueros y la de Los Lances. Ofrece miradores con espléndidas vistas de la costa atlántica.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 800 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Por la N-340 viniendo de Tarifa y pasado el km. 79 y el camping, tomamos la primera desviación a la derecha, hacia el punto de información del parque natural, junto al cual se inicia el sendero.

  • El Sendero Cerro del Tambor ofrece todo un excepcional catálogo de naturaleza y paisajes: plantas y animales, ricos ecosistemas, magníficas panorámicas,… un lugar donde dos continentes se miran y dos mares se tocan.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 6100 meters Duration: 1.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    En la N-340, a la altura del km. 96, se toma la vía de servicio a la barriada Pelayo que lleva al aparcamiento del centro de visitantes Huerta Grande, en el se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Los Algarbes-Betijuelo propone un itinerario que lleva a la ensenada de Valdevaquero, una de las playas vírgenes más extensas de la Península Ibérica. La necrópolis de la Edad del Bronce es de lo más destacado del amplio patrimonio cultural que el camino, fundido con una exuberante naturaleza, muestra.

    Trayecto: lineal.

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    Trail Information

    Lenght: 5600 meters Duration: 3 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    En la N-340 a la altura del km 74 se toma la carretera A-2325 a Punta Paloma. Antes de llegar a este poblado, pasado el camping Paloma, se gira a la derecha tomando una pista que lleva a la necrópolis de los Algarbes, en la que se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Colada de la Costa-Huerta Grande discurre desde Tarifa, la ciudad más meridional de Europa, pasando por la desembocadura del río Guadalmesí hasta el Centro de Visitantes Huerta Grande, paralelo a la costa. Un paisaje tallado por el viento, donde tierra, mar y aire tienen su particular encuentro.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 16191 meters Duration: 5 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde Tarifa, dejando atrás el castillo de Sancho IV o Guzmán El Bueno, el sendero se inicia nada mas pasar la estación marítima.

  • El sendero Duna de Bolonia discurre por la playa del mismo nombre, rodeada de sierras con un verdor poco común en Andalucía. Los fuertes vientos de levante han levantado la duna, auténtico monumento natural que forma parte de un conjunto mayor, el conjunto arqueológico de Baelo Claudia.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1000 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    En la N-340 a la altura del km 71, se toma la carretera CA-8202 que lleva a Bolonia y siguiendo la dirección hacia la playa, cruzando el arroyo de Alpariate, se encuentra el inicio del sendero.

  • El sendero Faro Camarinal recorre el cabo de Gracia, donde la naturaleza se muestra exultante: de lejos, con paisajes nada monótonos, y de cerca, con no pocos detalles de flora y fauna. Termina junto a un monumento histórico: una torre almenara convertida en faro.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1700 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    En la N-340 a la altura del km. 71, se toma la carretera CA-2216 a Bolonia y se continua en dirección al conjunto arqueológico de Baelo-Claudia, siguiendo por la misma carretera 3 km más hacia la sierra de La Plata.

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