After breakfast we drove the 7km to the beach at Cabo de Gata, and first walked the promenade before having a look around the village itself. We are staying in an area of national park, which being low season, is beautifully quiet, with deserted roads and beaches. The restaurants and bars are however still trading.
On our way back to the hotel, also booked independently through lastminute.com, we stopped off at a caravan and camping site within the park to call on friends I met there during October 2011, when I visited an ex-work colleague alone while Margaret was in India for the first time. They arrive here on Wednesday, having driven through Spain to spend their winter here again. The site caters for motor homes and caravans, but also has a few self catering bungalows to let, and facilities include a lovely outdoor pool.
Our afternoon was spent around the hotel pool, which included a quick swim, before pre-dinner wine and nibbles on our balcony. I could get used to this!