Rutas Saludables

Country lane through the vega

Now that the weather has cooled, a good walk can be enjoyed and if you don’t like hills we recommend a gentle 6km stroll around the vega of Huetor Tajar. Cross the bridge over the Rio Genil coming out of Huetor Tajar and turn left. These virtually traffic free lanes will bring you out on the edge of the industrial estate near the motorway. From here the Town Hall have laid out a very pleasant walkway which will take you back to the bridge through Venta Nueva. There are some excellent views across the vega towards Huétor Tájar and over to the Sierra de Loja.

Huétor Tájar from the walkway at Venta Nueva

Along this path the Town Hall have erected several boards explaining the agriculture, architecture and history of the area including a mention of Eugenia de Montijo, who was from Huétor Tájar. She was the wife of the Emperor Napolean 111 of France. She was born in Granada in 1826 and died in Madrid in 1920. Instead of planting flowers in the beds along this walk the Town Hall has planted a variety of aromatic herbs including rosemary, lavender, sage, oregano and thyme.

 

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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 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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