Some of the most spectacular scenery and most beautiful beaches in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata are found along the coastal track between San Jose and the Faro de Gata. Leaving San Jose, the windmill Molino del Collado de los Genoveses dominates the scene as you drop down into the valley,lush with agaves and succulents, with the Mediterranean on your left and the Sierra de Cabo de Gata on your right.
There are so many beaches to chose from along here, including the famous playas of Genoveses and Monsul. This morning, as it was Saturday and the most popular beaches were likely to be busy, we decided on Cala de Barronal.
A shorttrack through the dunes and a forest of agaves leads down to this beautiful, wide, sandy cove.
Most beaches in the Natural Park, apart from those in the centre of villages, are clothes-optional and nudists and textiles mingle together without concern and here the naturists were definitely in a majority. Along the shoreline the soft sand was sprinkled with sea shells and the sea, as it has been for the last week, an absolute joy to swim in.