One of our main destinations on our trip to Spain has always be Cabo de Gata in Almeria. It’s in the hottest and driest region in Spain – Europe’s only desert in fact – and Cabo specifically is a national park. And it surpassed our expectations.
Just 30 minutes from the city of Almeria and a world away from its surrounds. A small stretch of the Spanish coastline that has escaped major development or the blight of the plastic swathed coastline of the tomato industry – mostly tatty, temporary plastic greenhouses that have pretty much swallowed up the arid landscape for this popular, water intensive crop.
Cabo in contrast is sleepy, tranquil with a rugged, limestone coastline dotted with just 4 or 5 small whitewashed pueblos. Small fishing villages that have grown (mostly) modestly to accommodate a busy Spanish holiday period in the peak summer months.
We just cruised about, from Agua Amarga to Las Negras to Isleta del Moro, parking the van up for the night in beach car parks and exploring dirt tracks and remote coves during the days. Craggy hills and peaks back the coastline and all around – at this time of year at least wild thyme, rosemary and lavender are everywhere under foot.
Cala Plomo, a surprise find at the end of a track, was a lush little valley with a few casas with well irrigated plots, a sandy sweep of beach and laid back park up. Just around the headland from here is the abandoned village of San Pedro, and you’re only about 15 minutes drive both up and down the coast to either Isleta or Agua for shops, coffee and tapas.
We only left two days ago and we miss it already.