When we first visited the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata in 1984, we stayed in Pueblo Los Genoveses. This development of 12 small villas overlooking the Bay of San Jose had recently been built by a British developer, Mike McNamara. At that time, the houses stood in isolation on the hillside with superb views over the village and Mediterranean.
There was no marina then, the village had no mains water and very little in the way of shops, restaurants and bars. There was little to do but relax, enjoy the scenery, nature and the fabulous beaches.
I returned to have another look this afternoon. Pueblo Los Genoveses is no longer isolated but it is not overlooked and at the back is a track that takes you around the corner to Genoveses beach.
The gardens are very mature now, the pool looked very inviting and the complex has been well maintained and has a certain charm that the more modern developments lack.
When we stayed there, Alan Thorpe did much of the maintenance work on the houses and his son, John, runs HMS, a property management company which has these villas for rent. If you would like to stay in one of these houses please contact John at www.hms-spain.com