The summer crowds have gone and the hazy light of August has been replaced by the clear, blue skies of September, so yesterday we enjoyed a drive and walk along the coast. We drove as far as Monsul beach, past San José. In July and August, private cars are not allowed to use the track to the wonderful beaches along this stretch of coast. To reach them in peak season you have to walk, cycle or get on the shuttle bus from San José.
The light and colours of the sea and landscape were intensely brilliant yesterday. A fresh, westerly breeze made walking in the sun not too arduous. In the dunes behind Monsul we found swathes of flowering sea daffodils, most beautiful of wild flowers.
We walked to the end of the beach and up the dunes to look down on this beautiful view dominated by the rocky outcrop that has appeared in so many of the films that have been shot here.
We walked over the dunes down to the next cove, Playa del Barronal, before returning to our car.
On the way back to Las Negras we stopped at the little fishing village of La Isleta del Moro. As usual, colourful fishing boats were pulled up beneath the cliffs.
This is a typical Mediterranean scene with the white houses and strong light and colours.
Sheltered from the wind by the promontory, the sea was much calmer on the beaches on the eastern side of the village and there were more people here enjoying sun, sand and sea but it was still pleasantly quiet.