Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata
This morning we drove to Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata hoping to see the flamingos and other birds. We parked at the viewing spot just before San Miguel. It was a hazy morning and the light was almost monochrome looking into it towards the Cabo.
Flamingos agaist a backdrop of hazy mountains
We saw some flamingos wading beneath the misty mountains of the Parque Natural.
Little plovers on the shore
We think these are little plovers on the shore of the flats. We did not have binoculars or a very powerful telephoto lens and the light was not clear so it was difficult to identify the birds.
The Sierra de Cabo de Gata
As the haze cleared the mountains formed dramatic shapes behind the flats.
La Iglesia de Las Salinas in the background
Towards the Cabo the tower of La Iglesia de Las Salinas is always a prominent landmark here.
Boats on the beach at San Miguel
After our walk by the flats we went down to the beach at San Miguel de Cabo de Gata to look at the boats. The sun was high by now and the light and colours sharp.
Classic lines of an older boat
We love the lines of some of the older boats such as this one.
Men working on boats on the beach …
Men were busy working on their boats on the beach ..
… and behind the beach
.. and by the fishermen’s shacks behind the beach.
A couple of the larger boats
There is no harbour here and even the larger boats are moored up on the beach.
By the shacks behind the beach
Around the ramshackle fishermen’s shacks behind the beach are jumbles of nets, ropes, buoys and various types of chairs and junk which add to the image of San Miguel.
La Iglesia de Las Salinas
We then drove towards the Faro de Cabo de Gata and stopped at the iconic church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas.
The church by the sea
This church was restored a few years ago and always makes a good picture with boats and beach in the foreground.
Eventually we arrived at the Faro de Cabo de Gata. This is the south eastern corner of Spain and there was the usual crowd of visitors admiring the views and looking down to the menacing rocks, Las Sirenas.
The Faro from below
We left the visitors to scramble down a track to a rocky cove from where there is an excellent view of the lighthouse and headland.
A hidden, sandy cove
We scrambled over the rocks around the corner and found a hidden, sandy cove were we stripped off and enjoyed an unexpected swim.
Daisy among the rocks
We were accompanied as usual by Daisy who likes to get herself in a photo.
Las Sirenas from the shore
From sea level Las Sirenas looked dramatic into the sunlight with the sea sparkling around.
La Sirena y Las Sirenas
When we got back to the original cove a young girl swam out to a rock and posed herself as La Sirena against Las Sirenas.
La Isleta del Moro
On the way back home to Las Negras we stopped at La Isleta del Moro and took this photo of the village. We could add more photos and text but we think this is enough for one day!