the second visit for Esther, but returning with her mum reopened her eyes to some of the beautiful details we had begun to take for granted over the past few weeks. Her mum noticed and found great happiness in all of the different rock formations, hearing the clang of goat bells as a herd appeared down the mountainside and revelled in the natural beauty and tranquility of the Caldera, which we had also found to be a very emotional experience.
Torre de los Lobos to the east). On a rocky promontory facing west into the sun we were treated to one of the most idyllic coastal outlooks we have yet discovered. With the sun low in the sky, made hazy by thin clouds on the horizon, we looked across the rough coastline of sandy bays, rocky protrusions and rolling hills behind. The softened sun cast a gentle light that reflected on the massive expanse of sea to our left, whilst to our right the arid desert landscape of Cabo de Gata extended as far as the eye could see all the way to the Sierra Alhamillas that we had hiked in the previous day (we could even see the radar mast on the summit of Mina that we had hiked to). It felt incredible to be able to see so many places we had already visited since arriving in the park, such as Los Genoveses beach and the viewpoints we'd hiked to along the coast including, in the distance the silhouette of the Torre de la Vela Blanca that we had cycled past.
It is hard to describe the peace and contentment that the jawdropping panorama inspired within us both and we just stood in awe at the power of nature to craft such beauty. Hearing the waves hitting the cliffs below, with seagulls wheeling in the sky it was hard to tear ourselves away.
As dusk gathered we did start to move eastward once again and picked our way along the winding clifftop path, appreciating the shadows cast upon the mountainside by the orange and pink light in the sky as air darkened around us until, as we reached Los Escullos it was fully dark. Seeing the twinkling lights of La Isleta del Moro further along the coast we turned inland and picked our way carefully across the rocky trail back to our camping to end another busy but fulfilling day in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
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|Looking over to San Jose, Genoveses beach and the Sierra Cabo de Gata|
|Looking over towards Sierra Alhamillas and the radar station at Mina in the distance.|
|Torre Vigia de Cala Higuera as the sun sets.|
|Walking the clifftop path (GR92) from San Jose|
|Leaving San Jose on the GR92 in the evening light.|
|Caldera de Majada Redonda|
|Esther hiking with her mum to the Caldera.|
|How did this get here?|
|Simple pleasures - watching the goats and sheep come down the mountainside.|
|Enjoying San Jose with family|
|Esther and her Mum and Dad at San Jose|