ALP-822: not your road if you don't like heights

ALP-822 road is a very scenic but challenging drive located in the south-eastern corner of Spain, in Andalucia. This is not your road if you have passengers that don't like heights. It's spectacular or terrifying, depending on how you handle heights.

The road was rewarded as one of the world's best roads in 2015. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. It’s 10.7km long. It runs from San José, a village in the centre of Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, in the Province of Almería to Cabo de Gata, a stunning wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's most original geological features. It is the only region in Europe with a warm desert climate.

Located within the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, this isolated and lonely road is mostly unpaved with some asphalted sections. It’s very narrow and steep. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. It’s very busy during holidays. The road has some trucks and trailers restrictions, especially in weekends and summers. The drive will take some skill, some patience, and some tolerance for vertigo. Expect a good hour and a half to drive as it is barely wide enough for a car and long stretches are barrier-less. The zone was used for scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.


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