The second half of September is probably the best time of year for the beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata; beautiful, sunny days with clear light and intense colours, a warm sea, agreeable temperatures in the high twenties and fewer people.
Yesterday we went to the Calas de Barronal between Los Genoveses and Monsul. Here there are two sandy coves divided by a narrow headland which you can wade past in the shallow water.
We have posted photos of these beaches before and there were more naked than clothed people there yesterday but instead of lots of bare bodies here are some photos of the fascinating geology.
The Cabo de Gata is a volcanic region and this is described on the coast where the different strata of rock come down to the sea.
The colours and textures of the cliffs are beautiful.
In winter we have seen groups of geology students on these beaches so there is clearly plenty of interest for them to study.
The countryside behind the coast is beautiful too with the grasses and agave on the dunes backed by the mountains of the Sierra de Gata.