Barranco de Requena

Cortijo de Requena

Cortijo de Requena

This morning we walked up the Barranco de Requena. This route is signposted by the track near La Ermita del Fraile. First you walk along a path through Cortijo de Requena. There is a herd of goats kept here in an old corral. We were greeted by the gruff barks of two large goat dogs but they were wary of our big bitch, Rubi, and quite timid. This is a typical old Almerian pastoral scene.
Looking back down the path

Looking back down the path

The narrow, steep track winds up through the barranco and as you get higher there are wonderful views looking back.
The coast at Los Escullos

The coast at Los Escullos

When you reach the top of the escarpment there are superb views looking down on the coast at La Isleta and Los Escullos.
Information for ramblers

Information for ramblers

The Barranco is rich in vegetation because it is quite sheltered and at this height there is more humidity. The park authorities have erected a board describing the natural history here for passing ramblers.

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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