Arrecife Barrera de Posidonia

The barrier reef of Posidonia is a natural reef located on the coast of the municipality of Roquetas de Mar (provincia de Almeria, Andalusia, Spain), with an area of about 108 Has. It was declared a natural monument on November 23, 2001 Natural heritage This unique natural environment in Andalusia and one of the few existing in Spain is located in one of the few undeveloped strips of the coast of the municipality of Roquetas de Mar. It has the particularity that in some of its parts the leaves of posidonia come to emerge above the surface of the water. Posidonia is a marine angiosperma that grows in vast mediterranean grasslands. The Mediterranean species is Posidonia oceanica. Biodiversity in the meadows of possessidonia is remarkable. The great oxygenation of the waters due to the photosynthesis of these plants originates a lot of food used by many marine species. In this unique protected landscape we can find more than 800 different animal species, among which are numerous with great fishing value such as gold (Sparus aurata), lubinas (Dicentrarchus labrax), meros (Epinephelus guaza), salmonetes (Mullus barbatus) or sargos or mojarras (Diplodus vulgaris). Exploitation of resources Traditional fishing is a common activity to the full practice of the Mediterranean coast. This enclave also, being a virgin beach, offers the possibility of marine sports practices such as submarineism, offering unique images of great spectacularity.

Archaeological heritage

The beach of Las Palmerillas3 in front of which the reef is located houses the Roman ruins of the ancient Turaniana dating back to the 1st century.