May 14th 2016
Rambling Group Dehesa de Campoamor to La Zenia
Seventeen Adapt Members turned up for our second coastal walk of the season, this blue flag coastline is rated as one of the most scenic, and is a popular and desirable holiday location with well cared for and maintained beaches.
From the Consum car park we made our way to the cliff top promenade which overlooks the Mediterranean, from here we had stunning views of the coastline. Steps took us down to the coastal trail which runs parallel between the coastline and the beach. This “Agua Marina” coastal area is important and the 500 mtr. trail path is roped off to protect the Flora and rare indigenous species and the Fossilized Beach which contains a great many mussel fossils.
Switching from the coastal trail, beaches, promenades and cliff top paths we made our way along the lower cliff face paths, where there is dangerous evidence of Coastal Erosion and rock undercutting. Unusual rock formations have been etched into the rock by the rain and sea and very large chunks of fallen rock can be seen spread along part of the pedestrian walkways. Safety for walkers and holiday makers is taken very seriously by local authorities; they have erected fences over large areas well away from the cliff edges.
We then made our way to the beaches of Playa de Cala Capitan where several walkers stopped for drinks and others carried on to our destination the “La Mirada Restaurant“ on Playa de la Zenia,
For the return journey we kept mainly to the beaches, where we saw even more evidence of rock erosion. The lower path took us to Cabo Roig’s Marina which has several bars and restaurants, it’s also popular with the water sports enthusiasts; canoes, speed boats, and wind surfing equipment can be hired from the Marina. Wooden steps took us from the marina beach to the cliff top path, from here we made our way to the walk start point. An interesting building we passed was the Ministerio de Defensa barracks which is still active. At the end of the walk there were several restaurants where tapas, bocadillos and hot meals were available. A good day had by all.
This leisurely 12km walk took us around 3 hours, the weather was kind to us windy, dry and sunny.
This is the last walk of the season, our next walk is in September.