This was our first walking holiday here so the group we picked up from Almeria airport were guinea pigs! The group were all friends who had walked with Ibex before so that made it easier.
We started the walking holiday in Agua Amarga (bitter waters)a small whitewashed seaside village - quiet but with enough bars to keep you happy. We stayed at the homely Hotel Family. The rooms here are large and comfortable with a lovely swimming pool. The food is excellent, some of the best I have had in 10 years in Andalucia. Marcs(the owner) wife is Moroccan and the tajines of lamb and chicken that were on offer were fantastic large tasty portions. The breakfast was even larger with a whole host of foods on offer from pancakes to eggs anyway you liked, all freshly cooked and with an array of homemade pickles and jams.
After another excellent evening meal and huge breakfast it was time to move hotels. Our luggage is
Walking along the cliff top we finally make it onto the vehicle track that takes us down to Las Negras and to the Cala Grande hotel - an out of place Ibizan esk hotel in what is a small fishing port. Lovely hotel though and lives up to the 4* rating. Good food and a very spacious room with a trendy pool and bar to sit at.
The hotel Naturaleza is set around a courtyard and a swimming pool. A good meal in the hotel.
We spend 2 nights in Rodalquilar and we use the van to get us to the gold mines that are to the North of the town. We then take a 12km circular path pass the Cortijo De los Frailes, the setting of the Blood Wedding by Garcia Lorca. A great view over the Peninsula of the Cabo de Gato, we then descend through the gold mines. You can see why Steven Spielburg used this landscape for the Temple Of doom. An interesting walk full of history and information about the recent gold mining her. After 4-5 hours of walking we make it back to the van and decide to go to Isleta de Moro for lunch. We have a lunch of freshly cooked seafood platters before going to the beach for an hour of swimming and relaxing. Another nice meal in the hotel.
After breakfast it was time to walk to San Jose the most popular town in the area. The walk was
The final days walk was an easy 8km walk to the beaches of Monsul and Genovesses. These are more popular beaches but still very beautiful with crystal waters and soft golden sand. It was a perfect walk for the last day, a bit of a rest and a swim.
We ate out that night at the 4 Nudos restaurant at the port in San Jose. Speciality is rice dishes which are extremely well prepared.
After a few late drinks it was a late check out on the Saturday so dropped back to Almeria Airport and me back to the Sierra Nevada.
A brilliant week and a complete contrast to everywhere else we walk. The accommodation and food were excellent. The weather was 20oC to 30oC depending on cloud cover.
Overall really enjoyed it and we will be running this week again in the near future.
Hi Dan,We're all back safe and sound.Thanks for a very enjoyable. easy walking week.I really enjoyed the heat and swims and snorkelling and company of course.We'll have to decide if we're up for something more energetic next time, which would put your guiding and nurturing skills to the test. Something that we couldn't do without you!
Liz & Friends Oct 2016