by Kerry Tompkins
Cabo de Palos (translated as Cape Lagoon, because of its close proximity to the Mar Menor) is a small volcanic peninsula stretching out into the Mediterranean Sea. It can be found at the southern tip of the Mar Menor.
Pride of place is given to the lighthouse, which began operating in January 1865 to navigate sailors away from the hazardous coastline. The lighthouse now forms part of a marine reserve.
Cabo de Palos remains a traditional fishing village and taking an early morning stroll around the harbour, it is possible to watch the fishermen bringing in their catch or sitting in the shade, mending their nets.
Sunday is a very busy day in Cabo de Palos, as this is market day. A vast array of local produce can be found and many stall holders even allow you to sample the fruit before you buy! This is not a tourist market where you can buy souvenirs. It is a typical Spanish market, very noisy and colourful, where you can find almost anything including food, clothes, shoes and household goods (the bedding is excellent).
Don’t be put off if you cannot speak Spanish; money is the same in any language!
After the market, the harbour is only a short walk away. Here there are numerous bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch, whilst watching the boats coming and going. Seafood tends to be a speciality in most of the restaurants, although some can be rather pricey, so view the menu outside before sitting down!
When you have finished your lunch, take a gentle stroll up to and around the lighthouse. The views across the Mar Menor and Mediterranean are stunning. Behind the lighthouse, there is a small beach where it is lovely to stretch out and have a snooze after all your activity!
Visit Cabo de Palos when you are next able to, it is a truly delightful spot!