The bicycles were uncovered and washed today before setting off from site to the little village/port of Cabo de Palos. There is a service road that runs parallel with the main dual carriageway so we were able to cycle pretty much unhindered the 6km there. Having found the harbour we walked to the lighthouse (Faro) with a view to walking up it.
However, we decided to continue round the coastline and savoured the gorgeous views out across the Mediterranean Sea, where windsurfers and sailboats were out. The coastline is made up of all sorts of wonderful colours on account of the rich minerals in the earth, most of which has been mined. Further along the coast at Portman there is a massive clean up operation to clear the beach of toxic materials. When they used to mine here they dumped the ‘waste’ on the beach making it black in colour but now with the help of EU funding they’re cleaning the beach and dumping the waste back into the mine shafts.
As we came down to the harbour we noticed a few cafe bars open so we made our way back there and enjoyed some pizza and coffee, sat by the sea. The place we ate was called Busques and for two pizzas and coffee it came to around 8 euros, and the ladies serving were lovely – a real nice atmosphere.
After lunch we started to cycle along ‘the strip’ but only did 2km of the 19km in total and decided we’d save it for another day, probably on the motorbike! We did a few detours on the way back, but Dean finally sniffed out the route back (he’s got a good memory thankfully) and after a shower we headed off in the evening to a Fish & Chip night laid on by the Carefree Stewards – lovely!