Our first stop was Las Negras, a small town in a beautiful cove. Sleepy at this time of year but still several bars open and a few shops. We sat outside a bar on the 'promenade' with a perfect view of the Cerro Negro - Black Mountain - for our coffee and tostadas.
A good spot for watching feeding Sandwich Terns.
After a wander around the village we moved down the coast to Playa El Playazo, known to us as Castle Bay because of the Castillo San Ramon which stands at the northern end of the beach.
The castle was built in the 18th century to defend the Almeria coastline from Muslim pirates. We have walked to the castle on several ocassions - there is a beautiful, rocky cove the other side - but today we just took the first part of the path and then a wander over the rocks. There are some very interesting places where the sea has eroded the rocks.
We then turned round and walked along the length of the beach to the southern end. This cormorant was happily drying off it's wings on the beach.
There are plenty more rocks and pools to investigate at the bottom end of the beach and being windy there was plenty of spray too!
A good view too of the Cerro Negro back at Las Negras.
A rare picture of a windswept me!!
Once a centre for mining, Almeria is now very much a tourist area but it also produces a large quantity of vegetables for Europe. Most of these are grown under plastic and so as we leave the coast and head inland there is a large wide valley which is just full of plastic green houses. This picture shows just a tiny amount to give you an idea of what it looks like.
There are some interesting pictures taken from space which show the extent of this plastic see here
Well I think that that is enough pictures for one day - I hope you enjoyed.