20 ene. 2014

Monsul

The big rock in the middle of this beach is probably the most famous image of Cabo de Gata (you may remember it from Indiana Jones and other films). Long, wide, sandy, clear water, easy to reach, there are many reasons for it to be one of the preferred by the tourists.

Last visited: september 2013



Monsul beach (Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Spain)

Monsul beach (Cabo de Gata, Almeria, Spain)

How to get there

The only way is taking the unpaved road that starts in San Jose, the main town in Cabo de Gata. You have to follow it for 5km, when you find a parking area on your right just before the barrier that closes the road. The track is in good condition, but you should not drive very fast. You can only park on the designated places, near Monsul, Barronal and Genoveses beaches. In the summertime, you have to pay to park (5€), and these places get full early in the morning. At that moment the road is closed at San Jose. A bus connect then the town with these three beaches.
You can also walk along the road, or better, using the coastal path. However, you need to take into account the total lack of any kind of shade.

The beach

No doubt that this is a very special place. The huge rock and the cliffs on both sides are the result of lava flows suddenly solidified in contact with the sea long time ago. This is true in all the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, but here is particularly visible. The back of the beach is a big moving dune. Geology lovers will find here plenty of interesting things.
Between the crystal-clear sea and the dune, this stretch of grey sand extends for 300m, which is larger than most of the beaches around. It is quite flat even when entering the water.


Facilities

There is only a restaurant along the road (not in the beach). All the beaches in the area are more or less virgin and so you can not find any facilities there.

Nudism

You can read in any guide about Cabo de Gata that Monsul, like the rest of the beaches in the area, is a clothing-optional beach. Other people that have been there confirmed to me that, even if most beachgoers are textiles, nude sunbathing was possible, more frequently on the right side, close to the cliffs.
My experience is somewhat difference. I have only been in that beach once (and it was in september). In the whole beach I could only see one nude person, an italian girl on the left end, not far from the rock in the middle. Of course, I didn't check everybody in the beach, but for sure less than 5% of the people were naked.
There are many other beaches around where nudism is much more usual, but you should not discard Monsul.

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I like:
  • Easy access by car
  • Plenty of space
I don't like:
  • Lots of people in summertime

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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