The village of San Jose is considered the capital of the Natural Park, being the largest population within the park and have all the necessary services. It is part of the municipality of Níjar, and has counted about 800 inhabitants, doubling or tripling this number in summer, even in this case, their environment is in tune with the environment of the park, their houses are little buildings with white-walled, governed by planning law inside the reserve. San Jose was a village dedicated to fishing and now their main activity is tourism, if so, have built all kinds of services such as the marina. Some houses overlook the sea from cliffs that enclose the middle of the village, with a spectacular view of the sea.
The town square has a lot of life, there are dining options with its terraces, a shop, and a great playground, giving joy at the number of children who enjoy it. Also based on the square and stretching into the small promenade, we can find craft stalls with necklaces, pendants, ornaments etc. made of different materials like leather, metal or shells. These exciting stalls are the proof of how a bohemian part of outsiders have chosen setting Cabo de Gata to live, and earn a living from their craft or art.
The village is surrounded by a privileged natural environment, nearby are the most beautiful beaches and coves of the Mediterranean, such as beach Mónsul or beach Genoveses. In the same village there are several beaches in, the greatest is San Jose beach, and there are other smaller beaches along the coastline of the town. As we said in San Jose you will find services and information dedicated to tourism, accommodation, catering, leisure activities and sport. Although the festivities of the town of San Jose are in March, on the second weekend of August is celebrated the Feast of the Tourist: catering, entertainment and leisure activities that are performed to entertain the visitor population.
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