weather station on the summit of Mina and the distinct observatory at Calar Alto which we had visited on our car tour to the Sierra de Filabres and Sierra Nevada the previous day.
Moving on from the salt flats we headed south-east along the ALP-822 road cutting across the narrow strip of land separating the Mediterranean Sea on our right from the salt flats. Passing through the tiny town of La Fabriquilla we began to ascend the winding section of road that would lead right to the most southerly part of the natural park at Faro de Cabo de Gata. Although only climbing less than 100m, the view behind us across such a flattened plain was magnificent, looking right along the miles of sandy beach all the way to Almeria, with the snow capped mountains beyond. It was stunning, despite the grey clouds that had begun to gather in the afternoon sky.
|Faro de Cabo Gata and Arrecife Las Sirenas|
Kijkduin and the Carmargue Nature Reserve) and one of the few places in Spain where this is possible at all thanks to west facing beach and the nearby cape creating such a long and sweeping bay. The horizon felt so close that we could almost touch it. The idyllic setting also bought back that same feeling of feeling of being both tiny and insignificant against such a majestic backdrop, but at the same time part of something enormous and connected to the world around us that we had enjoyed the previous day during our car tour of the nearby Sierras.
The following day would sadly be our last full day together in the Cabo de Gata natural park before Esther's parent returned home. After Esther and I had made use of the hire car one final time for a swift visit to San Jose market, we returned to San Jose again in the afternoon all together for a short perusal of the handful of open stores and another round of mint tea taken alongside the sandy beach and the Mediterranean Sea.
|Esther's Mum looking out over the beach, bay and fishing harbour of San Jose|
Although a handful of clouds were hanging around, intermittently blocking the sun, it was still a marvelous place to sit and reflect on what had been a wonderful fortnight together, full of both excursions and family comforts, and most importantly a chance to be together and appreciate the calm and tranquil setting as a haven away from the hustle and bustle.
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|Sutset at El Cabo de Gata|
|Enjoying a round of mint tea at El Cabo de Gata|
|Beach Promenade at El Cabo de Gata|
|The bird hide at Las Salinas|
|Last day together on the beach at San Jose|