Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

The usual traffic restrictions are now in place preventing you from driving down to some of the Cabo de Gata’s most popular beaches until Sept 17. The roads are closed because otherwise thousands of cars turn up and do irreparable damage to the fragile local environment. They also cause huge congestion and prevent emergency services from getting to the beach in case they are needed. So the usual park and ride system is in place. Continue reading Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

A chiringuito and shop is to be built on the famous Mónsul beach in the Cabo de Gata

The regional government has authorised the installation of a beach bar (chiringuito) and shop on the iconic virgin beach of Mónsul, deep within the Cabo de Gata nature park. But ecologists, residents and the local council are all opposed to the plan, which was never put out to consultation. The beach is one of the most unspoilt coastal areas in this region of Spain. The Mayor of Níjar, Esperanza Pérez, spoke out against the plan, Continue reading A chiringuito and shop is to be built on the famous Mónsul beach in the Cabo de Gata

Níjar to ban wild camping this summer

Níjar council confirmed it is planning to ban wild camping after more than 200 caravans and motorhomes descended upon the park on Easter weekend. Councillor Alexis Pinar said: “this was an avalanche which we expect to be even worse this summer, and which caused our traffic infrastructure to collapse. The local police issued a number of fines to badly parked caravans”. The council says it will shortly introduce new bylaws to prevent any wild camping, Continue reading Níjar to ban wild camping this summer

Cabo de Gata resources strained to the limit over Easter, will it cope in summer?

Cabo de Gata nature park looks set to receive its highest number of visitors ever this summer, but there are concerns that the infrastructure won’t be able to cope after a busy Easter left cutbacks more evident than ever. Local associations and residents have complained about the lack of cleaning teams after a hot Easter week encouraged many tourists to the beaches. Urban beaches in the park are the responsibility of the local council, but Continue reading Cabo de Gata resources strained to the limit over Easter, will it cope in summer?

Vehicular access to Cabo de Gata beaches barred again this summer

Access by vehicle to the Cabo de Gata nature park beaches of San José will be restricted between June 18 and September 18 this year, as is normal. Visitors to these beaches must park in the village of San José and take a bus which runs to the different tourist areas. The virgin beaches nearby do not have capacity for the hundreds of cars which turn up on a daily basis, and so access is Continue reading Vehicular access to Cabo de Gata beaches barred again this summer

Nijar in grip of crime wave

San Isidro in Nijar is in the grip of a crime wave, with an average of four break-ins a day being reported to police over the last month. Mayor Esperanza Pérez said: “I have convened a security meeting for next week with local authorities to discuss the matter. Recently Níjar municipality has been hit with a crime wave which obviously has made local residents nervous. I have requested additional Guardia Civil patrols for the area Continue reading Nijar in grip of crime wave

A chiringuito and shop is to be built on the famous Mónsul beach in the Cabo de Gata

The regional government has authorised the installation of a beach bar (chiringuito) and shop on the iconic virgin beach of Mónsul, deep within the Cabo de Gata nature park. But ecologists, residents and the local council are all opposed to the plan, which was never put out to consultation. The beach is one of the most unspoilt coastal areas in this region of Spain. The Mayor of Níjar, Esperanza Pérez, spoke out against the plan, Continue reading A chiringuito and shop is to be built on the famous Mónsul beach in the Cabo de Gata

Extra cops for the summer season

An extra 60 Guardia Civil officers have been assigned to the coasts of Almería for the summer to help keep the peace. They will backup the usual officers in the tourism zones, many of them mingling plainclothed to spot pickpockets, car thieves and business owners trying to make an honest buck without having to pay any extra tax, ah hem. They’ll also be deployed at the many ferias we enjoy at this time of year. Continue reading Extra cops for the summer season

Another film crew working in province

Basque director Imanol Uribe has started filming his latest opus here in the province, and expects to set most of the film here in Almeria province, mainly around the Cabo de Gata area. Imanol is a top Spanish film director. “Lejos del Mar”, an entirely Spanish project, stars Eduard Fernández and Elena Anaya. It’s the third film in a modern day thriller set, the first two films being the award winning “La Muerte de Mikel” Continue reading Another film crew working in province

9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use

Puertos de España, the public company that owns and operates Spanish lighthouses, has proposed 9 lighthouses across Almería province for conversion into hotels. It’s part of a project setup by the company to change the use of some of its historic lighthouses in order to save the buildings. Adra, Punta de Los Baños, El Sabinal, Roquetas de Mar, Castillo de San Telmo, Cabo de Gata, La Polacra, Mesa Roldán and Garrucha lighthouses have all been Continue reading 9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use