This coverted farmhouse hotel on the edge of the town of San Jose in the Cabo de Gata National Park was peaceful, stylish, child-friendly and great value for money. Don't let the seas of plastic tomato greenhouses on the way from Almeria airport put you off - Cabo de Gata offers quiet seaside towns with lovely uncrowded beaches, rare wildlife, great seafood and excellent diving and snorkelling. Calm, warm waters and gently sloping beaches like the beautiful Playa de los Genoveses make great swimming spots with small children. All three generations on our trip were well catered for.
Accessible only by dirt road or on foot, this long moon shaped beach is as far removed from the usual image of Spanish beaches as is possible. Fringed by cacti and barren volcanic peaks, the shallow waters offer safe swimming and fantastic snorkelling. Falling within the Unesco declared Cabo de Gata Biosphere Reserve it is a haven for birdspotters and geologists, or anybody who just wants a quiet day on the beach.
The town of San Jose is a short walk along the coast offering everything you might need for a beach holiday but still manages to avoid becoming a 'Costa' town.
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