Cabo de Gata


A couple of Fridays ago we declined supplemental insurance (that’s foreshadowing) and left town in a brand new rental car.

About 45 minutes east of Granada we exited the A-92 to have late afternoon coffee in the town of Guadix, which has been continuously occupied for more than 2,000 years. The modern town is surrounded by rock formations that remind me of the Badlands in South Dakota, except in one part of town the softish rock has been carved out to accommodate numerous cave homes.


We continued driving southeast on the A-92, past flowering almond trees and wind farms, past the industrial greenhouse operations for which Almería province is known, toward the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Just before sundown we checked into our vacation apartment in the hamlet of Rodalquilar, about two kilometers from the coast.

Over the weekend we visited a handful of beautiful beaches, each with their own distinctive characteristics. And on the way home we drove through a desert where several spaghetti westerns were filmed (mostly near the town of Tabernas, just off the A-92).

Below are pictures and videos. I hope you appreciate that I did not include 136 pictures of the beautiful and alien-looking potted and window-boxed succulents I oohed and awed over as we made our way around the coast. Also, I’m sorry I couldn’t find a way to transmit the delicate marine scent of clean seawater, or the just-right temperature of a brilliant sun. My next blog will be VR.

About the rental car…it has a new (very small) contour which caused our driver to voice multiple worst-case scenarios and lose sleep. But thankfully those were the only consequences.


Driving to the coast (0:35)


Near Rodalquilar

Waves (0:47)

Beach fever (0:14)


San José


Las Negras

More waves (1:09)




On the way back to Granada

3 thoughts on “Cabo de Gata

  1. karla mcgray

    Ellen, you are a fantastic documentarian! I have enjoyed all of your blogs so much. When do you return? Will you hate to see it come to an end? Love to all of you, Karla

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. valeriespahr

    Having fun traveling with you guys….Joe & I leave for our cruise on Thursday (into Miami) and set sail Saturday! Can’t wait to get out of here for awhile….a birdy here at work told me something about you…how exciting….as always keep the stories, pictures & videos coming. Val


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