One of the first things that come to mind when you live in Madrid and you think about Almería, a province in the South East of Spain, is “it is far” and “it must be really hot over there…”
Believe us, it is far. And indeed very hot.
However, despite the really poor rail infraestructure, and the expensive airline tickets, it is one of the most valued destinations for domestic turism. And honestly, it is worth going through the 600 kilometres that expand from the capital to the Andalusian province, especially when traveling with friends.
Our goal this Easter was to get to know and explore the Natural Park “Cabo de Gata – Níjar” trying to make the most of the days we had. We decided that one of the fastest and most ecological choices was the bicycle; so we booked a guided tour around a the Park with Medialuna Aventura in order to see as much as possible without using the car, and to reach areas where it is only allowed to go on foot or by bicycle.
The route started in San José, headed to Genoveses and Mónsul, two beaches that are very protected from overcrowding during summer but luckily, there was no restriction yet during this time of the year.
The “pitas”, native plant of the area, surrounded us making some unmistakable silhouette against sun and sea creating a very distinctive and unique landscape.
The reddish colour and aridity accompanied us as we approached Genoveses and Mónsul; two jewels inside the Park frequented by hikers and with good reason, they are unspoilt beaches safe from urban exploitation that delights any visitor.
The road continued, being able to see from above two beautiful creeks: “Creek Carbón” and “Creek Medialuna“. They are very small and secluded, with a complicated access, so it is advisable to go “psyched up” (trainers, light weight in backpacks and plenty of water because there is NOTHING around).
The last part of the route was the hardest since it consisted of an almost 4 kilometres climb up to the Vela Blanca. It was worth the effort, because without any doubt they are the best views of the Park, being able to see to one side San José, Mónsul and Genoveses and to the other Cabo de Gata, the Lighthouse and Arrecife de las sirenas (the Mermaid’s Reef).
Back in San José and after 20 kilometers of cycling, our deserved reward was waiting for us…
After recovering our strength we set off again but that’s another story…