Cala Rajá: the wildest and loneliest beach in Cabo de Gata


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Cabo de Gata is one of the last redoubts of virgin beaches that remain in Spain, the perfect destination for those who want to enter the wildest summer . To live this truth in the most intense way possible, we pass from the urban banks - which are also in the area -, from those that remain close to the villages, easily accessible, and we opt for Cala Rajá.

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1. The (beautiful) route by car

The stretch of road that reaches Cala Rajá, despite being complicated - there are those who leave before reaching the destination due to the state of the road and the curves - runs through one of the most extraordinary areas of the Cape.

Take out the camera, because in front of you a film landscape will spread: ahead, winding roads that run through cliffs; on the right, the bright turquoise blue of the sea ; on the left, the provocative desert vegetation typical of the Cape.

Also, if you arrive at the beach through San Miguel, you can enjoy the view of the salt flats and their most illustrious inhabitants: the flamingos, who draw a postcard of pink waves between the water and the sky.

You will also pass by the sober Iglesia de la Almadraba, the tallest building in several kilometers around, which stands out, unique and unexpected, in the middle of the salt flats and the sea.

El Arrecife de las Sirenas, la imagen más emblemática del Cabo

The Sirens Reef, the most emblematic image of the Cape © Getty Images

A little further on, you will be surprised by the famous lighthouse of the Cape and, above all, the Sirens Reef, a set of whimsical volcanic forms of black rock that emerge on a seabed perfect for diving.

2. Access to the cove

This 120-meter-long shore can only be reached after a walk of almost 450. The first part of it runs along a wide dirt road; in this section you can leave the car, and, although there is space to park it also about 150 meters from the cove, the pavement is impracticable unless you have an SUV or similar.

Once we approach the cliff that shelters the beach, we will see a path that extends ahead of us and goes down to the sea. However, it is a very complicated path ; it is easier to access the sand through which it opens on our right, quite hidden.

El camino que discurre por este acantilado es el más complicado

The path that runs along this cliff is the most complicated © Getty Images

Already on the way, we will descend through a slope of more than 20 meters through a kind of throat whose ground is full of stones. For all this, it is advisable to go with rubber shoes better than with flip flops and not carry too much weight at once.

Better to make several trips, it will be essential to take some basic things like umbrellas and water, since the cove does not have any type of service.


Since it is the beach farthest from any urban center in the area, Cala Rajá usually has a lower occupancy than the rest. In addition, being surrounded by cliffs - those that you have had to get around to access it -, it is very protected from the wind that usually hits the Cape. Likewise, it also enjoys a very striking relief, reinforced by the curious calcium forms that rise at its ends: the oolites, fossil dunes of a lighter color than the rock of the area.

Once settled in the sand, fine and comfortable, a peculiar landscape will also spread before us: the reef of the Finger of God, which emerges from the transparent waters, perfect for snorkeling - in fact, even without glasses it is easy to appreciate life Marina that roars under our feet.

For that reason, the smallest (and the most adventurous) will adore the calita, to which it is added that the descent to the sea from the shore is leisurely and progressive. A real pleasure.

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