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Hiking in the Natural Park of Cape Gata - Níjar

The town of San José in the heart of the Cape Gata-Níjar Natural Park is surrounded by beaches and coves of great beauty that blend perfectly with the characteristic landscape that characterises this area of the province of Almería. In addition to attracting holidaymakers, this area is also a meeting point for hikers and nature lovers who walk along it following some of the different routes that can be found here. One of these routes is the Path of Los Genoveses, a simple route that takes us to one of the most visited beaches of all those that await us in this magnificent natural setting.

How to get to San José

To reach the town of San José we can do so from Almería city following the airport motorway as far as Retamar, where we turn off in the direction of San José. We can also arrive from the A-7 taking the exit corresponding to San José. Once there we will have to cross the town following the signs that lead to the beach of Los Genoveses. We have the option of arriving in our vehicle as far as the parking area on the beach itself, but if we want to follow the path, and thus avoid paying the access fee, we will have to park our vehicle just before crossing the barrier that regulates vehicle access to the beaches of Los Genoveses and Mónsul, the point where the official route of the Los Genoveses Path begins.​

Itinerary of the Path of Los Genoveses

From San José to Beach of Los Genoveses 2,7 Km

We start this hiking route on the outskirts of San José, specifically at the roundabout that precedes the barrier that regulates access to the car parks of the beaches, which we can reach from here by following the path that starts here. We start walking, leaving behind the barrier and the first path we come across. We quickly reach the beginning of a path that we follow to climb up to the Mill of the Coll de los Genoveses. The ascent is well worth it, as in addition to visiting the old mill, you will enjoy magnificent views. Once the visit has been made, we start to descend in search of the path that we must follow and that takes us to a nearby pine forest.

We advance without turning off at any of the crossroads we come across, which invite us to go straight onto the beach of Los Genoveses, those on the left, or to go in search of the main access road for vehicles, those on the right.

After a short while we reach an old Civil War bunker, which we leave behind us to continue ignoring all the detours that come our way as we gradually approach the line that marks the beach, under the watchful eye of the Morrón de los Genoveses. The dunes have taken over the landscape, a landscape broken by a rocky outcrop that we have to cross. After doing so, all that remains is to reach the end of this beautiful beach of Los Genoveses, where a signpost indicates the end of the path we are following. From here we have the possibility of ascending to the Morrón de Los Genoveses, and even of following a winding and sometimes delicate path to the beach of Mónsul, crossing cliffs and spectacular coves, or returning to San José.

Tips for do the Path of Los Genoveses

1-In summer, due to the influx of people, the accesses may be closed, so the path is walked by those who did not get up early enough, while in the off-season you will probably not come across many people.

2-If you extend the route on the stretch to Mónsul you have areas quite exposed to the cliffs and with a lot of loose gravel, but you also have the option of following trails further away from the coastline.

3-Keep in mind that you are in a natural park subject to certain regulations that must be complied with and respected.

4-Although it is a short route, don't underestimate it, especially on hot days.

Waypoints of the route
1-San José 0:00h 35m 0km 30S 579210 4068320
2-Beach of Los Genoveses 0:50h 2m 2,7Km 30S 578406 4066592

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of Path of Los Genoveses

Profile of Path of Los Genoveses

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 5.4Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 1:35h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 160m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 80m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 80m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 50m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 2m


Topographical map of the Path of Los Genoveses

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 1060-1 1:25.000".

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¿Did you know that...

This beach of Los Genoveses gets its name from a historical event, which was none other than the landing of a Genoese fleet in the 12th century, which left a deep mark on the local toponymy.

Don't miss out...

The panoramic view from the Morrón de los Genoveses pass, you can even climb up to it. Just behind you will be surprised by the curious Cove of Los Amarrillos, which can also be descended.


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Route information updated on 18-05-2021. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.

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