ALP-822 in Almeria is not your road if you don't like heights

ALP-822 is a very scenic yet defiant road located in the eastern part of the province of Almería, in Andalusia, Spain. 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.

ALP-822 Road

How long is ALP-822 road in Almeria?

Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of the country, the road was rewarded as one of the world's best roads in 2015. It’s 10.8 km (6.71 miles) long, running west-east from Níjar to San José.

Is ALP-822 road in Almeria paved?

This isolated and lonely road, in a totally uninhabited area, is mostly unpaved winding its way along the coast. Running through the iconic Sierra de Alhamilla range, the road tops out at 189m (620ft) above the sea level. The road is very steep, hitting a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road has some trucks and trailers restrictions, especially in weekends and summers and can be closed anytime with a barrier.

How long does it take to drive ALP-822 road in Almeria? 

Located within the Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata-Níjar, the road is very busy during holidays. 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 road is blocked to vehicles just east of Cabo de Gata to protect the area.

Where were Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Never Ending Story filmed?

The road is subject to strong winds and features sweeping views through 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. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Never Ending Story were filmed here.
Pic: Micien