Every day of Christmas week has been sunny, but today has been the finest of all and so, this morning, we drove to San José to walk the length of Genoveses beach. As usual, we parked at the edge of the village and took the track from the old mill down to the north end of the beach.
Looking inland across the fields we saw the white buildings of the old cortijo and corral used last year during the filming of the German production, Der Weg Nach San José.
As the track turns towards the beach, its route is lined with agaves and pine trees.
We were quite early, but already walkers and cyclists were out enjoying the winter sunshine.
A sad sight was the body of a young Cuvier’s Beaked Whale on the shore. There was a note by it asking people not to touch it and that it was going to be removed. Recently, the local press has reported instances of whales being washed on to beaches in the province. We think this one died of injuries but we have no idea how they were sustained.
We walked the length of the beach and took these photos to capture the striking light and colours.
When we arrived at the south end of the beach we walked up the cliff to look down on this pretty cove next to Genoveses.
We then carried along the path as it followed the ridge inland and had this lovely view of the whole of Genoveses bay.
We then walked down to the fields behind the beach and over the dunes to retrace our walk back along the beach …
… passing through the grove of eucalyptus trees behind the sand.
At the end of the walk we looked back across the fields and mountains. It was good to see other people out on foot and bicycles. When we got back to the car the temperature was registering 24C.
Daisy, now just over 3 months old, takes these long walks in her stride.
If you click on the photos they will enlarge.