Beach landscape at Playa Embarcadero - click on image to enlarge!
What a wonderful beach landscape! Fossilized lavas and consolidated volcanic ashes as well as a wonderful rich seabed are the protagonists of this pebbles beach. It is a broad creek lying at the foot of "Los Frailes", the highest volcanic mountain elevation in Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
If you love sandy beaches, skip this one and go over to los Escullos beach, which is in walking distance. However, if you are a snorkeler, you will just love it! This area is usually frequented by diver teams, since the underwater ecosystem is the main attraction of this beach and colonized by Posidonia oceanica (seaweed).
It is also a great place for sun worshipers, who will find in the many flat rocks a comfortable deckchair . Pick your favorite!
I do recommend you to do a local excursion to enjoy the the natural volcanic monuments of the "Sierra", which reaches its peak in this area.
Although it is a bit difficult to climb down to the beach, it is well worth it. Its water is crystalline clear!
From top of the plateau, you have a wonderful view over the area! As you can see, Los Escullos beach, next to the Castle Fortress, is very close (click on image to enlarge) and there, you will find a small Hotel and a Hostel where you can have lunch if you like. We have tried the menu at the Hostel which was delicious.
Playa de Embarcadero and Los Escullos neighborhood can be easily reached by the ALP-326 . Get detailed driving directions from the Google map or download your POI for your GPS device: Lon:-2.062747478485, Lat:36.794749255747
You will find a similar volcanic landscape over at Los Escullos beach, with the difference that it also has a relatively long and dark sandy beach. Snorkeler enthusiasts can also drive a bit further to the nearby Isleta de Moro, another divers' paradise!
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