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The Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a firm favourite with walkers and naturalists – especially birdwatchers. Holiday Property Bond says ‘Inland, you may spot Bonelli’s eagles, crested larks and black wheatears. Along the coast, seabirds such as gannets, puffins and razorbills are relatively common, as are storks, avocets and even flamingos.’
There are sixteen signposted walking routes located within the natural park, each documented by the Junta de Andalucia, all offer something different and very special.
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This route is the La Molata trail.
Before starting, visit the Torre de los Alumbres, a Renaissance tower built to defend the Rodalquivir valley, in El Playazo.
Then head towards the San Román battery (18th century) and turn inland a little from the coast. Head back towards the beach over a little bridge and then turn off the trail onto an observation balcony from where we can enjoy a beautiful view of El Playazo, the castle, the bay and the cliffs.
Moving up the hill we can see how plants like rosemary, Jerusalem sage and broom have adapted to this harsh terrain. You come out at a point where we can look down at the sea stretching out before us and marvel at the sharply defined contrast between sea and land.
A short distance from the path there is another spot offering magnificent views. Back on the trail, you then descend to the cove known as Cala del Cuervo. This is the end of the trail.