16 dic. 2013

Cala San Pedro

What makes this beach unique in Cabo de Gata is the squatter settlement close to it. Only accessible by boat or on foot, several people have rebuilt the abandoned houses and sheds to live there all year round. Now they have their own village, with rules, running water (more or less) and even electricity provided by generators. Others camp there for a night or a few days. All of this is ilegal, of course, but police don't bother them provided they respect the environment and don't create problems. The truth is, there is a special atmosphere in the beach that transmits also to those who only a few hours there.

Last visited: september 2012

Nude beach Cala San Pedro (Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain)

How to get there
Only by boat or on foot from Las Negras. You can park at the exit of the village (the point marked B in the map), where after a barrier the road continues into an easy walkable path that rises gently to top of the cliff. Is a 4 km long route that becomes more complicated in the second half, where the track gets narrower and descends in a steep slope to the beach. At the end, it opens up into seveal tracks, almost a labyrinth, but all of them lead to the beach. You can also go by bike, but the second part is only recommended to experts. This last part is not marked in the map, since Cala San Pedro is not really located at point C, but at the bottom of the bay.
If you think the effort is too much for you, it is possible to arrange a boat ride from and to the nice village of Las Negras.

The beach
Not very long, and quite narrow at both ends. Most visitors use the central section. It is made of fine golden sand, and ther only are some pebbles at the right end. Closed by cliffs on both sides, sea is calm and virtually free of waves.
Even if it is relatively famous because of its "hippie" allure, many people is discouraged by the difficult access and so it is never crowded (probably this is why it keeps this character). Most sunbathers are young people without kids.

Curiously enough, in spite of the remote location you can almost find most of the facilities of an "urban" beach. At the back, some rustic WCs (a hole in the ground and walls made by wood and palm leaves) carry out their task. Not umbrellas to rent, but you can find sunshades. Even in summertime I think there is a beach bar (I couldn't check it personally).

If it is tolerated in all Cabo de Gata area, even more here. The ambience invites to live freely, to let anybody do whatever he wants, and I would be really surprised if anybody would be offended by naked people. Nudists and textiles share the beach at 50%, and while the first are more frequent in both ends (more in the rigth section), everybody mixes without any problem.

I like:
  • Free and relaxed ambience, I can consider stay and live there
  • Nice walk, only the sun and the heat can make it hard
I don't like:
  • Difficult route with children, and almost impossible for disabled people

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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