Because of its volcanic origins and variety of rocks and minerals, the composition of the beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata ranges from soft, golden sands to dark stones and pebbles.
Cala de los Torros is a beach of black, volcanic sand with many rocks and pebbles.
Situated between the long, sandy beaches of El Playazo, a few minutes to the north and La Isleta just to the south, it is never likely to get crowded and ideal if you are looking for peace and quiet on a Sunday in summer.
The beach is reached from the road via a track through an oasis of palms, palmettos and pines.
We spent a pleasant few hours there today watching the gulls soar overhead, listening to the waves and studying the colourful little pebbles by the seashore.
It is easy enough to find a soft patch of sand to sit on and the sea, although it looked intimidating, was fine for swimming from the middle of the beach. This afternoon there were only two other people there.