Take a journey through the last 250 million years
Geology is the base of everything. Evolution, climate, landscape, but also our economy, communications, history, human geography and many other issues are deeply influenced by every region's geological features.
From its Geology, the Iberian South East is one of Europe's most privileged corners. This land has an incredible variety of rocks, mineral wealth, structures, landscapes, and the dry climate make it really easy to see and understand most of their complex geological features, linked to the evolution of the globe from the time of the last supercontinent, Pangea. Not surprisingly, thousands of Earth Sciences students visit this land yearly from all over the World.
This tour proposes you to discover, guided by a geologist, some awesome Geological features on the region that are key to unveil the evolution of the Earth in the last 250 million years, with a strong focus in western Mediterranean, southern Europe and northern Africa.
From the starting location, you will be driven to several Geological hotspots along the Almería province, with the aim of interpreting and making you understand the geological evolution of the western Mediterranean Sea.
The tour will start in the old rocks belonging to the Sierra Nevada metamorphic complexes, and it will let you see some major contacts between different rock domains. After it, the sedimentary basins of Almería, both coastal and inland, will gain protagonism. Volcanic and sedimentary rocks formed in the last 25 million years creating the optimal scenery for the recent economic development of the Almería deserts, based in the underground water.
The tour is designed both for adults and children. It is thought as an enjoyable trip through the surroundings of the city of Almería as well as the nearby mountainous areas of Sierra de Gádor, Sierra Nevada, Sierra de los Filabres, Sierra Alhamilla and the volcanic Sierra of Cabo de Gata.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Around Almería. Depends on your travel plans / accomodation
End location: Usually the same of pick up, but a different one can be arranged
Duration: 9 hours
As many of my tours, there is a high flexibility on duration and itinerary, so most can be adapted to different needs, shortened to a half day visit if you are on a cruise ship and your scale is shorter than the usual duration of the tour.
We will usually use a 7 seater 4x4 or a premium 9 seater van depending on the number of people and your specific needs.
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation into the Cabo de Gata Reserve or around Almería, and all the visits during the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 Euro - We will stop for cofee and lunch but they are inexpensive and 50 € per person should be more than enough. Bring extra budget if you expect to buy souvenirs or spend more in meals
Personal expenses, such as meals, souvenirs, etc, and everything not mentioned as included.
I can not guide visitors to the Monuments in the Catalog of Historic and Artistic Heritage (including the Al-hambra), so I will always recommend hiring a specialized and licensed local guide