We decided to go to Genoveses beach today to see just how busy it gets on a Sunday before high summer. During high season, there is a toll gate at the end of San Jose at the beginning of the track that leads to Genoveses, Monsul and the other beautiful beaches towards the Faro de Cabo de Gata.
Cars are charged and once a certain number have passed through, no others are permitted as it is important to preserve the fragile ecology of the Parque Natural.
The only other way to get to these beaches is by foot, by kayak or other small boat, or catch the bus from San Jose. During the summer, buses run a shuttle service up and down the tracks to the beaches.
The limits are not in effect yet and today, although there are few tourists around, the Almerians were out in force, and when we arrived at 1200 the car park was almost full. When we left a few hours later, there was no room left and cars were parked along the track which is not officially permitted.
The beach in front of the car park was busy and a line of colourful sunshades stretched the length of the shore. Further along, the southern end was much more peaceful. The weather, although hazy, was warm and the sea tempting.