Approach

From the south Round the prominent Cabo de Gata (344m), either close inshore or 1M offshore to avoid the Laja de Cabo de Gata shoal (3.3m) which breaks in heavy weather. It lies 1300m SSE of Cabo de Gata light and in its red sector. 1M to E of the lighthouse there are some conspicuous white rock patches on the dark cliff face which, seen from afar, resemble sails. Keep '/M offshore rounding onto a NE course after the Morro Genovés which is conically shaped and lies at the S side of Puerto Genovés, a deep bay with a sandy beach. The Monte del Fortin, which has a ruined fort, separates Puerto Genovés from Ensenada de San José. This bay is lined with houses and the harbour lies in the N corner

under a small white rock patch.

From the north The Mesa de Roldán is a high plateau (221m). The lighthouse is on Punta de la Media Naranja and can be seen from afar. Agua Amarga is just to the west of Media Naranja. These features can easily be identified. To the SW Punta Javana has a small island, Isla de San Pedro, off its point. Punta de la Polacra (263m) with a tower on its summit and Punta de Loma Pelada which has the high Cerro de los Frailes (489-444m) inland should be recognised. San José lies SW of this high ground. Keep over ¡AM offshore.

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