A very popular beach in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata is Playa de los Genoveses, possibly because it’s the first one you come to when traveling along the dirt-track at the western end of San José. The beach is nice enough, very plain but with a huge expanse of sand but adjacent to the beach and to the southern side of the track (which in itself is adjacent to and forms part of the Sierra de Cabo de Gata, as in fact does the rest of the area) is Campillo de los Genoveses. Campillo de los Genoveses is a beautiful rugged area of geological importance, largely due to the fossilised sand dunes next to the beach.
The sand dunes seem to go on forever once you are wandering amongst them and typically growing amongst the dunes are the symbols of the area, mainly agavé plants (pitas), fan palms amongst others that you can read about here.
At the western-most side of the beach there is a hill known as Morrón de los Genoveses and on the other side of this are a number of small and incredibly beautiful coves. It has to be said though these can be difficult to get to unless you have a head for heights and don’t mind “shimmying” down steep slopes! I’ll write about these beaches another time 🙂
It’s difficult to know where the beach ends and the sand dunes begin although I guess there is no actual boundary, it is where you want it to be. The rocky outcrops of the fossilised dunes are stunning and very photogenic, so much so that I am having problems choosing photographs to include with this post.
Amongst almost all of the beaches in the natural park are huge piles of cane (caña). These were washed up during the flooding in September… groups of volunteers went to every beach on a designated day and stockpiled them all. As to what happens now, who knows – hopefully it’ll be put to good use. Many people have already come and taken some of the drift wood and cane, we have some on our terrace that our peas are growing up on.
Because this area is within the Sierra de Cabo de Gata, there is a stunning wealth of wild-life though what you’re most likely to see at this time of year are birds.
Getting close to the wild life is an issue sometimes :-S
Some of the fossilised sand dune formations look a little like skulls (well I think so), this is because of the aeolian erosion (wind erosion to you & I!).
…and just for good measure…
So….. happy holidays everyone, remember peace on earth & goodwill to all men are for life, not just for Christmas… Abrazos fuertes a todos 🙂