Sierra Martilla


View towards Iznajar - Arab watch tower on the right


Stones in a circle

This morning we went to look at the archeological site in the Sierra Martilla in the north of the municipality of Loja. To get there you turn left near the top of the village of Ventorros de San Jose. It is signposted. After a few km down this road there is a track on the right with a notice board describing the site. We drove up the track to a rocky plateau which was protected on three sides by a vertical rock face – the perfect place for our ancestors to feel secure.



Copper Age tombs

From the plateau there are the most spectacular views of the Lake of Iznajar, the valleys below and the hills beyond. It was too hot to wander for long and there was nobody else there but we found some tombs from the Copper Age, an Arab watchtower and groups of large stones. This was once an important settlement and we will return to explore it more thoroughly when the weather is cooler.





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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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