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Las Negras

 

Las Negras is a village located in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar about 50 km from the capital of the province, Almería.

 

The name is derived from an ancient history. It was said that the village of Las Negras was founded after a tragedy at sea. Sailors of the village of San Pedro went to the sea and no one ever heard from them again. After this incident, the wives of the sailors, engaged in agriculture, saw the need to reach out to other people in order to survive. They created this new settlement, called Las Negras and named it after the color of mourning. Originally, the village only consisted of 10 white houses.

Beach of Las Negras

 

The settlement of Las Negras is located between the cape known as "el Puntón" and the cliff called "Cerro Negro". The two bays that form the coastline of this village are protected by a natural barrier of rocks, which is called "the Esperillas" so the strong current is milder thanks to the presence of this barrier. This formation is exposed only at low tide.

 

At the foot of the Cerro Negro there are several other bays and caves, where diving is highly recommended: "Cala Hernández" or "la Piedra Colorá".

Fauna

 

Walking to the southern border of the area, we find the Peñón del Gitano and Caleta del Cuervo, near Camping Nautico La Caleta, situated close by the rambla (riverbed) that channel heavy rainwater to the ocean.

 

Among the native fauna there are bass fish, moray eels and octopuses. The prairies of Posidonia (oceanic Posidonia), increasingly scarce, give also shelter to smaller species.

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