A Lovely Day Out
Walking to Punta Prima
along the Coast
This description is of a lovely day out I had in February 2008. This is my own story and my own observations. Things may be different when you visit. The weather was balmy, still air, clear blue sky and wall to wall sunshine, temperature about 20 degrees. Wonderful.
I started my day outside Supercor to cross the road. (cross the road at your peril - best at the roundabout and pause at the central chevrons - one lane at a time)
Once across the road, I walked towards the sea with the fence which runs perpendicular to the sea at my left hand side. The unmade track is not very smooth and can get muddy if there has been rain.
At the coast, there is a small cliff. Straight ahead, the first beach you come to is Playa Nudista - yes the nudist beach. There are scary steps halfway down the cliff to this beach - I wonder how they get down the rest of the way? I didn’t see any nudists but then it was February. I do know someone who met a nudist/naturist on the Cala Mosca though and that was in January.
The coastline is made up of low cliffs, with small sandy beaches of greyish sand interspersed with rocky outcrops. The cliffs are pretty weather worn, interesting shapes and colours. It is stunning. The cliffs are red but the sand is grey - how did that happen? The edge of the cliff is marked at some points with bollards - the edge is rather unstable, so be careful. Some of these bays are cut off at high tide.
At the coast I turned left and walked north, with the sea on my right hand side.Again, the track is rather rough, not great for flip-flops. Nevertheless, a lovely stroll.
The next bay is slightly larger and also has scary steps, rather you than me! I just gazed down from the cliff.
There is protest graffiti on the rocks - against the building work here at La Mosca. More holiday apartments.
There are a variety of plants growing - they are pretty plucky to be here - it is very dry, and obviously being next to the sea, windy and salty. I’m afraid I don’t know what they are.
There’s a yellow flower which is like a large Livingstone Daisy (Mesembryanthemum) which my husband calls Pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens), you see these in other colours too, in gardens and at traffic islands. Also, there’s a yellow oxalis, some wiry heathery looking stuff, palm trees and some shrubs. Sorry for lack of precise info.
I stood for a while for a breather and gazed around at the fascinating coast and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a great view.
Looking inland towards the N332, you can see La Mosca CC and the Supercor sign, two sets of blue and white apartments, Lidl, El Rincon (brown and white apartments), the Go Kart place, the Asturias restaurant, Carrefour and Aldi. Also, the top of the Punta Prima rotunda before trees obscure the rest.
Looking back along the coast you can see the new prom at Playa Flamenca with its palm trees and globe lights, and past that, the La Zenia hotel. On a clear day you can see the high rise skyline at La Manga and the mountains beyond.
Continuing on, I walked along as near to the edge as I dared, looking into the various bays and at the cliff formations on the way.
After about 10 or 15 minutes walking along the coast, I reached the large open bay and paved promenade of Punta Prima beach. For another wee breather, I sat in the blue mosaic Gaudi-esque circular seat, and looked out at the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. The view here is a bit restricted – once there were lovely curved columns on the seaward side allowing the sitter a clear outlook, but repairs have been done rather badly and the scene is partly blocked.
The road here, Calle Fragata, leads directly to the N332 if you want to take that route.
Continuing on, I rejected the top route along the promenade with its palm trees and tiles for the lower way. Down the steps and along a walkway close to the beach with palm trees and gum trees, very picturesque. At the inner corner of this walkway in the summer, I think there are toilets, showers and a snack bar.
Failing that, immediately above is the Punta Prima restaurant. Recommended by my sister and photographed by her too. There are two parts – a posh bit with tablecloths and its own menu and a snack bar/café bit. I sat here in the sun and had a bite to eat and una copa de rosada. It had taken me about 50 mins since I left the roundabout at Supercor.
Now a choice; to go back or go on? To go back take the Avenida del Mar at the far side of the restaurant and go back to the N332. You will come out near to the blue footbridge across the road and you can make your way back that way.
I will be telling you about this section of shops and so on here.
I went on – a short stroll to the end of the promenade, down the steps and onto a rough track for a while. There are some ruins here – perhaps a fortification or air raid shelter? The ruins are on a rocky headland - the fishing looks good if precarious. The day I was here the sea was calm, but the surf gets quite high sometimes. It is very exciting, the waves crashing onto the various rocky formations.
As I went round the headland, I got a new view to the north – wall to wall high rise apartments and hotels. Where is it? Torrevieja or beyond? I must find out.
A short stretch of rough path with extraordinary beach and rocks leads back to a paved promenade with lamp posts.
A further 10 minutes walk brought me to another beach, this one has gold sand. On the far side is another café restaurant called the Nautilus. You can’t miss the orange building. The lunch time food was okay, abit plastic but this is a fabulous place to sit and look out over the sea. This was busy even in February so what will it be like in summer? There is parking in front but also another car park at the rear if you bring your car.
There is also a Red Cross hut here and maybe some sun loungers etc in summer. I will have to go back to check.
If you want, you can go back to the main road on Avenida de las Olas.
I went on – past the rear car park, and along a relatively smooth but unmade track. This will be muddy when there is rain. The track meanders along the coast between the sea and a wall. There are no cliffs here; the path is right alongside the beach - well alongside the rocks and water. Lovely colours.
The wall on the left suddenly veers away to reveal a palm tree “wood”. It’s very interesting; I’m not sure what this is for. There were cars parked here, little paths run through the tress and there’s a bit of a ruin here too. Is it a picnic area? On the seaward side there’s another little headland, and more people were fishing.
Past the trees, there is a small, sheltered bay. People were sunbathing here.
Walking on I came upon another wee place called Finca lo Ferris – it was quiet at siesta time in February but I think it will be livelier in the summer. This is about 20 minutes walk from the Nautilus.
I went back from here, retracing my steps to Punta Prima.
However, it is possible to continue along the coast from here to Torrevieja, I think it would take about another half an hour.
I stopped for a small refreshment and a wee rest of my feet at a bar on the main road before heading back to my accommodation.
I had had a lovely day out.
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