Seabed (Posidonia)

In the 16km of coastline that the municipality of Roquetas de Mar has, 3km are taken up by the Natural Park of Punta Entinas-Sabinar with its natural beach called Playa de Cerrillos. Here, we can find the lushest meadow Posidonia. Nine of those 13 remaining kilometres of urban or semi-urban beaches (Ventilla and Los Bajos) are spectacular and full of both plant and animal life seabed hovering at a depth of between 1 and 30 meters with spectacular scenery and a very unique underwater beauty where our visitors, always in a respectful way with the environment, can enjoy snorkelling or diving.

The oceanic Posidonia is a plant with leaves, flowers and fruits, similar to those we find in forests and gardens, but lives at sea, under water between the surface and 50 meters deep, where there is still light that allows it to develop photosynthesis. Endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, Posidonia meadows form the most important climax ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea, equivalent to forests in terrestrial ecosystems.

Underwater meadows of oceanic Posidonia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of human activity, a property that works as a biological indicator of the conservation status of the marine ecosystem of our coast. It is also one of the most important ecological habitats of the Mediterranean and, paradoxically, the most threatened due to coastal development.

Consequently, the town council of Roquetas de Mar, which shows in its shores a proven health, considers its coastline as habitats for priority protection according to the EU Directive, controlling the actions, measuring its progress or setback by seasons and cleaning our meadows Posidonia at least once a year.