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Monsul Beach in San José - Spain

Information on the Monsul Beach in San José (Andalusia)


Description and location of the Monsul Beach in San José (Andalusia)

Our opinion on the Monsul Beach

Adresse of the Monsul Beach : ALP-822 04118 San José

Monsul beach (Playa de Monsul) is the most famous beach of the natural park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar. It served for the filming location of Indiana Jones and of The Last Crusade (we see in particular its big rocks on the left side).

Wild beach with no equipment, it is very popular for its sublime environment of volcanic origin with its fine sand. More little than its neighboor « Los Genoveses », it is quickly full in summer … On the left side, a gigantic dune offers a sublime panorama on the surroundings … and to the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. Behind some little sandy coves (more difficult to access but less frequented) cen serve as a backup base for those seeking a little tranquility.

We only regret the clay side at the level of access (not really pleasant). The sand at the level of the sea (and in a band of 30m) is fine and very pleasant.

Like for the nearby beaches, the access is made from a path (4 km long) from San Jose (very well indicated) in very good condition. The parking is 400 meters from the beach (fee, 5€ per vehicle). In summer, as soon as the parking is full, the access is closed (in August from 10am …). We can then access to this beach by bus (1.5 €, every 30 minutes), by bike or by walking.

Characteristics of the Monsul Beach

Type of beach

  • Creek
  • Shade
  • Lawn
  • Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Cement

Equipment on the beach

  • Handicap accessible
  • Shower
  • Mattress rental
  • Free parking
  • Payed parking
  • Paddle boats
  • Lifeguards in season
  • Restaurants
  • WC


  • Beach volleyball
  • Nautical Center
  • Sand Yachting
  • Nursery
  • Fishing
  • Nautical sports
  • Surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Kitesurfing


  • Difficult access
  • Nude beach
  • Wild beach
  • Near city center


  • Barbecues permitted
  • Dogs allowed
  • Smoke-free beach

Photos of the Monsul Beach

Photo of Monsul beach in San Jose - Spain

Pleasant beach of the park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar tucked between a hill on one side and a huge dune on the other.

Beach of Monsul in San Jose - Spain

From the dune, beautiful view on this beach. It is from here that we measure the wild side of this southern area of San Jose.

Monsul beach with views of Cabo de Gata lighthouse

At the distance, we begin to distinguish the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata.

Sandy beach between San Jose and Cabo de Gata lighthouse

The dune is a beautiful playground.

Rock on the beach of Monsul - San Jose - Spain

Big rock on the left side ... the fans of « Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade » will probably recognize it ... some scenes from Steven Spielberg’s film were shot here.

Indiana Jones Rock - Spain - Playa del Monsul

With a piece of wood, it is even more real !

Background of the beach of Monsul - Andalusia

The background of the beach is a little less interesting with a very clay soil ...

Beach environment of Monsul - almeria province

... but an exceptional environment ...

Access to the beach of Monsul - San Jose - Andalusia

Here is the access path to this beach, good condition but you have to drive slowly (about 4 km).

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