Los Escullos and Presillas Bajas

Looking north from Los Escullos towards La Isleta

Looking north from Los Escullos towards La Isleta

This morning we drove to Los Escullos and walked along the coastal path towards San José. The coastal views along the Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata have been magnificent recently. The light has had an extraordinary clarity and the Mediterranean a deep ultramarine blue.
Cottage in Presillas Bajas

Cottage in Presillas Bajas

After a brief walk we drove on to the charming village of Presillas Bajas.
The rambla from Las Presillas with almond tree in blossom and leaf

The rambla from Las Presillas with almond tree in blossom and leaf

From here, there is a walk up a rambla to the Cadera Volcanica de Majada Redonda, a vast crater of an extinct volcano. It is particularly arid here and during the past few months there has been very little rain. As a result, there is not an abundance of wild flowers, but the almond trees, still in blossom, are already in leaf.
In the volcanic crater

In the volcanic crater

We encountered many other walkers, both on the coast and up in the hills. It was good to see people enjoying the sunshine and the wonderful landscapes.
Approaching the crater. The arid landscape of Almeria makes a good double for Afghanistan

Approaching the crater. The arid landscape of Almeria makes a good double for Afghanistan

Those of you who saw the double episode of ‘Silent Witness’ on the BBC last Thursday and Friday may have found the landscape familiar. Although the drama was set in Afghanistan, it was filmed here in Almeria last Autumn. Our friends, John and Sue Thorpe, who have a letting agency in San José, accommodated the actors in their villas. To check out their agency simply click on the link to Holiday accommodation in San José on the blog roll in the margin.

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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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2 Responses to Los Escullos and Presillas Bajas

  1. Tony Unwin says:

    We did wonder about the landscape as we watched the other evening… thinking sure we have seen them hills already ;o) good to see Aunty can make such good drama in our region…

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