Cabo de gata beaches

The beaches in Cabo de Gata are wild, virgin and they remain true to how they were, the visible human impact is extremely limited.  These are 5 best beaches in Cabo de Gata you can not miss.

The best beaches in Cabo de Gata.

1. Playa de Monsul. The most famous of the Cabo de Gata beaches

One of the nicest and most famous beaches of the area and a great testimony to the volcanic origins of the Cape. Its main feature is the tremendous rock that resembles a wave getting back into the sea and the close-by dunes with some spectacular panoramic views of the beach. You can read more about Mosul beach here.

Playa de Monsul beach
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2. Playa de los Muertos. The most epic of the Cabo de Gata beaches

Not only is Playa de Los Muertos one of the most renowned beaches in Cabo de Gata, it has also been voted as the best beach in Spain for several years. The gravity-defying rock is its most representative feature. 

Its peculiar name “Los Muertos” – aka the dead bodies – comes from the bodies that arrived to its shore from the shipwrecks in the old days. It will not be a surprise that the waters are very deep and temperamental, and this beach is best to be avoid in case of wind as the tides are strong and can be dangerous.

Cabo de gata beaches
Cabo de Gata beaches © Pablo F. J. / Flickr

Useful information about Cala de los Muertos, one of the best beaches in Cabo de Gata

  • The closest village is Carboneras.
  • Made of pebbles and thick sand. It gets nicer as you approach the water.
  • No easy access to the beach. It’s a 20-30 minute hike to get to the beach from the parking area.
  • No services, make sure you bring all the food and drinks you will need.
  • There is paid parking but with limited capacity. Please note in summer it gets full up early.

3. El Playazo de Rodalquilar

This impressive and virgin beach’s main feature are the ruins of Castillo de San Ramón, a defensive castle from back in the day when pirate attacks where regular in the area. It’s no reason the cape was also known as Pirate Shore!

Best beaches Cabo de Gata
Best Beaches Cabo de Gata © Oliver Springauf / Flickr

Useful information about El Playazo de Rodalquilar

  • The closest village is Rodalquilar.
  • Golden sand.
  • No services, make sure you bring all the food and drinks you will need.
  • Easy access from the free parking area.
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4. Playa de Genoveses

This long wild beach is one of the most beautiful in the area. It takes its name from the fleet of 200 ships from Genoa that took shelter in this bay before attacking the nearby city of Almeria.

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Useful information about Playa de Genoveses

  • The closest village is San Jose.
  • Thin golden sand.
  • It is accessible via bus from San Jose.
  • No services, make sure you bring all the food and drinks you will need.

5. Cala San Pedro, the hippie beach of Cabo de Gata

One of the most famous yet least accessible beaches in the area for a very peculiar reason: the community of people – known in the area as “the hippies” – that have made camp in the area permanently. They have built their own shelters using local materials and live harmoniously with their surroundings, occasionally selling handmade artisan jewellery and, at times, even putting together a pop-up bar! 

Las Negras Cabo de Gata
Best beaches Cabo de Gata © Carlos Ingala / Flickr

Useful information about Cala de San Pedro

  • The closest village is Las Negras.
  • Mostly nudist.
  • Difficult access: It requires a 60-90 minute (approx.) hike from Las Negras.
  • Some local companies in Las Negras offer boat rides to the Cala for approximately 12€
  • No services, make sure you bring all the food and drinks you will need.

If you are feeling adventurous, please note, whilst these are some of the most popular and peculiar beaches of the area, there are many other smaller calas worth a visit, depending on the time you wish to spend exploring the area. 

About the best beaches in Cabo de Gata

In order to maintain the beaches in their natural state, and as wild and beautiful as they were intended to be, you will not find any services at the beaches in Cabo de Gata.

Make sure you bring enough water, food and shade to spend the day comfortably.

Pro tip: Do you know the Spanish trick to enjoy cold water when spending a summer day at the beach? Bring your water bottles frozen and let them melt as the day goes by… ice-cold water!

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