A bracing walk is always a good idea in the morning of New Year’s Day. We parked at Monsul beach and walked towards the Faro of Cabo de Gata. In the sunshine it was 22C so it did not turn out to be bracing after all, but the winter sunshine was very pleasant.
We walked through the beaches of Playa Media Luna and Cala Carbón, seeing hardly a soul, and up the track towards the lighthouse.
The coastal scenery was spectacular. The land bordering the beaches was colourful with lavender and thyme and by the car park there was a carpet of white flowers, similar to colchicums, and endemic to Almeria.
Another curious endemic plant, the cornicabra (goat’s horn) grows in abundance here and, at this time of year, displays its rather striking fruits from which the plant gets its name.
On the way back we encountered more people enjoying the glorious weather.