Approach

From the south After Cabo de Gata the coast is broken by headlands enclosing sandy bays. Puerto Genovés is a wide sandy bay and the Ensenada de San José, which has a small harbour and village, can be identified. Further N, El Fraile (489m) is conspicuous as are the Isleta del Moro and Punta de la Polacra (263m) which has a tower. Cala de San Pedro which has a few houses and Agua Amarga may also be seen. The white lighthouse of Mesa de Roldan (221m) can be seen from afar. Once the points of Le Media Naranja and Los Muertos have been rounded the large breakwaters and the industrial buildings belching smoke will be seen.

From the north From Puerto de Garrucha, backed by the town of the same name, the coast is flat, sandy and unbroken, with high ranges of hills inland and some low cliffs. The town of Mojacar may be seen on its hill 1AM then the buildings stop and the mountains begin, which Plan 24

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The two commercial harbours at Carboneras with Puerto Pescaro at top right last until shortly before Carboneras. The village of Carboneras stands behind a rather inconspicuous point with El Islote and Isla de San Andreas (14m) extending 600m off the point. Foul ground stretches nearly x/i M from this point in a SE direction, otherwise the coast is free of dangers and can be followed at 400m. Once the Isla de San Andreas has been passed, the harbour walls and buildings may be seen. A 3.5m deep passage, running NE-SW, 150m wide, exists between this island and El Islote.

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