Almeria Province - San José

Do you know the way to San Jose?  © Michelle Chaplow
Do you know the way to San Jose?


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Located around a shallow bay towards the south end of Cabo de Gata Natural Area, what was once a small fishing village in the 18th Century is now the most important touristic hub of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar National Park. The fishing activity that was once the principal economic activity of the town has now been replaced by tourism, however it has managed to do so without losing any of the original beauty and quality of scenery, thanks to its location between volcanic mountains and stunning beaches and bays. The main attraction here is, of course, the faultless beauty of the surroundings and the refreshing lack of high-rise development, emphasised by the sandy streets of the town. 

Inside the main town, the places of interest are the port, the promenade and the beach that belongs to the Natural Park of Land and Sea of Cabo de Gata-Níjar, declared a Reserve of the Biosphere. Furthermore, the town also has a Muslim castle constructed in the 18th Century on the coast and which has been declared as being of Special Cultural Interest. Entrance is free.


The fish, seafood and paella are the main gastronomic dishes here, made with fresh ingredients and seafood taken and cooked straight from the sea. Paella usually consists of a mixture of shrimp, prawns, shellfish, muscles or cod mixed in a bowl of rice that is often cooked in fish stock.  


The official celebrations of the town take place during the second week of August, where there are the most tourists and the ´Fiestas del Turismo´ take place.

Leisure and Sports

The natural wealth of the environment has meant that the inhabitants of San José have further enhanced their leisure and sports activities to include nautical and aquatic activities such as scuba diving, as well as exploring different pathways and routes that one can do on bike or on foot.


Leave Almería City along the N-344 road heading east. Link onto the ALP-202 road and follow it all the way to San José.

San Jose Marina ©Michelle Chaplow
San Jose Marina


Another popular beach is Playa de los Genoveses, which is approximately a kilometre long with shallow waters and rocky headlands at each end, while Playa de Mónsul, just 2.5 kilometres away, is one of the most unusual beaches in the area being surrounded by huge lumps of volcanic rock with fine grey sand.



The main street in the town is Calle Correo where the park is located, as well as several shops and the tourist office which is open daily except Sunday and can advise on accommodation, as well as activities well-suited to the area, such as bicycle rental, horse riding, boat trips, Land rover tours and windsurfing.


There are several places to stay in San José, including a campsite, just 400 metres from the beach, a youth hostel, run by the local municipality and, for those seeking more of a hideaway, the Refugio Mediterráneo de Gata on Cala Higuera comprising eight cosy, rustic rooms, some with an adjacent kitchen. There are also several more conventional hotels, including the top of the range Hotel San José in Barriada de San José with just eight rooms and stunning views of the town.


The restaurant at Hotel San José here is reckoned to be the best in town, although the seafood restaurants lining the harbour are also excellent and comparatively inexpensive.

coastal walk

A popular walk from here is to the charming hamlet of Los Esculios, which is reached along a track northeast of San José.


Joe Strummer (of the Clash) spent his summer holidays in San Jose from 1988 to 2002. He also lived in Granada in 1984 and 1985. Read more about Joe Strummer and his connection with Andalucia.


Bus service from San Jose to Almeria with Autocares Bernardo
Bus to Almeria


The next villages are Los Escullos, Isleta del Moro, Rodalquilar

San Jose villa and coast ©Michelle Chaplow
San Jose villas and coastline