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Cabo de Gata-Nijar | El Albardinal Botanic Garden at Rodalquilar

in Nijar Municipality in Almería Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 14 Feb 2020
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El Albardinal Botanic Garden is one of the ten gardens in the Andalucian Network of Botanic Gardens in Natural Sites. The gardens in the network are centres for the conservation, recovery and reintroduction of wild species. Each centre is in a different ecological zone and concentrates on plants endemic to that zone. Not surprisingly, El Albardinal concentrates on plants from the semi-arid areas of eastern Andalucia.

Specific terrains include the dunes and beaches, salt marshes, gypsum areas, sub deserts of Tabernas and rocky areas found in the Cabo de Gata. A large part of the garden has been left to develop as a completely wild, natural area, with plants establishing themselves and competing with one another.

An area of particular interest grows traditional crops in arid conditions, including esparto grass, dry-farmed grains and a range of vegetables.

Other areas concentrate on the flowering plants and herbs endemic to the arid regions of Almeria including threatened and rare species.

Opening Times

9am - 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10am - 2pm and 4pm - 6pm Saturdays and Sundays
Free to enter

Go to Cabo de Gata-Níjar travel guide
Go to: Almería province
Go to: Almería city
Go to: Nijar town

Places to go in Nijar municipality

Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Visit a gold mine at Rodalquilar
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Volcano House Centre for Geotourism and Geodiversity of Andalucia at Rodalquilar

Villages in Nijar municipality

Guide to Nijar, on the edge of the Cabo de Gata
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to the mining town of Rodalquilar
Guide to San Jose, a small fishing village in the Cabo de Gata on the Costa Almeria
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to Agua Amarga, a pretty, small, unspoilt fishing village
Cabo de Gata-Nijar | Guide to El Pozo de Los Frailes

Walking in Nijar municipality

A Volcano Walk in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park

Find El Albardinal Botanic Garden at Rodalquilar on the map

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About the Author

Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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