Cala de los Toros

The path to the cove

A family walking to the beach

This morning we discovered Cala de los Toros. From Rodalquilar, after passing the mirador, and before the turning to La Isleta, you see cars parked by the side of the road. From here, a path winds through hummocks of esparto grass, palmettos and pines to an oasis of palm trees, and finally down to the cove.The beach is not very good as it is mainly black sand and pebbles, but the views of the rocky, volcanic coastline were exceptional.

Cala de los Toros

Along the shoreline, washed by the breaking waves, little pebbles marbled and veined with lovely shades of green, mauve and maroon sparkled in the sunlight. On the cliffs above us were clumps of bright yellow samphire.


On the way back we passed these three friendly donkeys nibbling at fallen figs under the shade of a tree near our house. Later they came right up to the gate to our terrace.


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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One Response to Cala de los Toros

  1. Angela Bell says:

    I have been down there and wish I could again. You continue to remind me of happy memories of this unique area.It is a sort of return home for you really as this area was where it all started. all the best Angela

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