Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Real Cabo de Gata.

Today we again woke up to more stunning weather. It just goes on and on! We decided to take the scooter out through the Sierras, and along the coast road to Faro de Cabo de Gata - lighthouse to you and me. There is much evidence of beach wild camping on the road approaching the mountains.

Faro de Cabo de Gata
Taken into the sun on an iPhone 4S
Almeria Province is what some might describe as "blighted" by plastic greenhouses where the world's tomatoes are produced. If you take the trouble to get out into the Parque Natural proper though you are rewarded by the most stunning scenery, along with the very best beaches in Spain. A guide to the natural park can be found HERE.

Today's trip took us through the village of Cabo de Gata itself, before climbing up into the Sierras, where the road becomes narrower and steeper. The road to the lighthouse itself is good, with a high quality asphalt surface. You can choose to go further down the coast road from there, but this becomes dirt track, steep and narrow very quickly, and I personally would not recommend taking a vehicle other than an off road bike along there. The coast road would get you to San Jose, passing the deserted and spectacular beaches of Genoveses and Monsul first. As I have described before, Monsul is the movie location for the scene in the Indiana Jones film where Sean Connery opens an umbrella to scare a flock of gulls off the beach and into the path of a WW2 German fighter plane, which subsequently crashes into the mountain. (The birds were actually trained pigeons, which were later "converted" into gulls during editing).

Monsul and Genoveses beaches are best accessed from San Jose itself, using the main roads to get there first. The track to them is then still corrugated dirt from the roundabout on the outskirts of the village but is flat, unlike the way from Cabo.

The coastal track to San Jose winds its way up and over the headland in the distance.

We have now done more miles on the scooter in Spain than we have in the UK since we bought it to use with the motorhome this time last year. It is certainly a much more pleasant ride here than in the UK due to both the weather and the road conditions. Today's maximum temperature as I write, is around 24 degrees.

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