Parque Natural Cabo de Gata

You will all be pleased to hear that the bike rack lights have now been fixed by Tony and the spare wheel is now back in it’s rack under the van!

Today we explored the Cabo de Gata which is in the south east province of Almeria and is also a route in the Back Roads Spain book. Before we entered the parque we took a look at San Juan de los Terreros where we had been told that you could camp on the beach for free, which you certainly could and is somewhere to consider for another time.

San Juan de los Torreros
San Juan de los Torreros

We drove to Carboneras which has several long sandy beaches which stretch for almost 11 miles, is a point of access to the parque and was a good place to stop for some lunch.

From Carboneras we took a small road signposted to La Mesa Roldan that was very steep and took us up to a lighthouse and watchtower. The views were amazing and worth the climb.

We continued through the parque to Rodalquilar and on to the Mirador de Amatista, a viewing balcony high above the sea from which there are more spectacular views and now a place where ‘lovers’ declare their everlasting love by leaving padlocks on the balcony, we would have done the same but it would have meant we’d have no padlock for our bikes!

We finished our tour at a beachside town called San Jose and stopped for a light refreshment at a harbourside bar!

From San Jose you can drive along an unmade road for about 2km and then do a walk to the headland of Vela Blanca. We did want to do the walk but were not keen to drive along the very stoney track as we did not want to risk another puncture!

We left the parque and have now arrived in a small town south of Almeria called Roquetas de Mar and because of the size of the motorhomes around us Tony is now suffering from size inferiority. I don’t know why! The equipment that they have accumulated on their pitches look like they have been here for years rather than months as they are so well equipped.

We are now at a crossroads as we could now travel on to Granada and do our trip back to front or continue along the coast to Malaga. Decisions, decisions………see what the weather brings.

4 thoughts on “Parque Natural Cabo de Gata

  1. John Nichols February 28, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Hi there. You are obviously enjoying yourself despite the puncture .
    I might have to stop reading your blog as I want to be there and I get depressed.
    Keep it going love it have fun

    John N


  2. rosiepike February 28, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Thanks John, just sitting high up on an old coastal road with amazing views to Nerja having lunch and a cup of tea. Don’t stop reading the blog though, it lifts us to see everyone’s comments. Tony says you will be old one day!


  3. Linda Sansun February 28, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    Hi Tony & Rose, loving the blog, I can’t wait to see what each day brings! Roquetas de Mar is special to Paul and myself – it was the first place we ever went on holiday together over 30 years ago. I know it has changed considerably as we’ve been back since then, but the apartments we stayed in are still there!

    Linda & Paul x


    • rosiepike February 28, 2014 / 5:47 pm

      Glad we brought back happy memories to you both! Tony ran along the beachfront this morning getting ready for his Sport Relief run. Unfortunately we only stayed overnight and left this morning but did see a lot as we drove through and it looked really nice. So love to know that you are following the blog and we love to see everyone’s comments too, so keep them coming!


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