Driving from Capilleira to Los Escullos on the coast was not a great plan as the motorway I thought would zoom us there is not yet finished and traffic is very heavy between Motril and Almeria. Past Almeria we were back into the desert landscape. The hotel we stayed at, although near the sea, was set below the mountains within the natural park of Cabo de Gata; a unique setting.
La Isleta, a fishing hamlet nearby, was a lovely place to spend the day. It has four beaches, one where the fishing boats are based, two sandy beaches and one in a rocky bay which was great for snorkelling. Boat trips and a diving school are based here.
Las Negras is a small resort further along the coast to the east. This is a popular Spanish holiday destination, whose name apparently was given it by the shape of the headland. Not sure about that; someone has changed the place sign to read ‘Las Vegas!’ Lovely sandy beach and plenty of good bars and restaurants, selling fresh fish.
As our flight was not until late evening we spent the day at another nearby resort San Jose. This is more touristy and has a marina where boat trips start from. We settled down on the beach but it was so windy, we had to retreat to the town square. Choppy seas make for good swimming so I was happy. There are plenty of restaurants selling freshly caught fish and seafood.
We covered quite a lot of miles in the week we were away but were pleased to find that we didn’t need to refuel. Having paid for a tank of petrol, it was good to use it all but not run out before we got back to the airport! A taster for Southern Spain. We will definitely be back, but at a cooler time of year; the Alpujarras are waiting to be explored.