Over on the west coast you will find the small coastal hamlet of Puertito de los Molinos, usually known just as Los Molinos, or sometimes as El Puertito, consisting of just a few simple homes and a couple of restaurants.
The first thing that greets you is the almost dry riverbed, with several ducks taking advantage of the little water that is usually left there. You can drive across the riverbed on a small path to get to a car park.
Whilst the beach is surrounded by tall cliffs, being on the west coast, they do not give much shelter. The beach itself is made up of smooth stones for most of the year; however, at low tide in the summer months a sandy beach at the waters edge is revealed. It is at this time that the sea is calmer and generally safe to swim in, however, care must be taken when swimming as there are strong swells and under currents from the North Atlantic Ocean.
But there is also another hidden gem and round to the left of the beach there are two caves that are only accessible at extremely low tide. September, which the moon is at a full phase and the tide is at its lowest, you can reach these, often still having to wade; but don’t linger there too long otherwise you may not be able to get back when the tide quickly comes back in!
We went in September 2018, but the tide was not low enough. Although one chap waded across to them. Everybody was watching with baited breath, as the current was strong and the rocks sharp and jagged. At one point he disappeared from view, having to swim a deep section. But he made it safely.
A word of warning – there is not usually any reception for mobile phones here!