La Isleta del Moro

The path through palms to La Isleta

The clear, September light is ideal for taking photographs and as the morning was so beautiful, we decided to visit the fishing village of La Isleta.

Panoramic view of La Isleta

In order to get a panoramic view of the village with its distinctive, twin-peaked mountain backdrop and the sea, we parked by the side of the road and walked along a footpath bordered by agaves to an oasis of eucalyptus and date palms.


The beach next to the village

The path leads directly to the beach, a wide, sandy crescent sheltered by black cliffs with impressive rock formations.

La Isleta del Moro

The white buildings of the village, set against the deep blue of the sea and the lighter blue of the sky, dazzled in the brilliance of the sunshine.

Fishing boats at La Isleta

In the bay, fishing boats bobbed on the water ruffled by the breeze while, on the shore, smaller boats were moored, their colourful paintwork enhanced by the strong sunlight and the blinding whiteness of the little, flat-roofed cottages along the shore.

More boats

Returning home, we stopped en route for a swim at the beach at Rodalquilar. There were a few small jellyfish, but as their sting is very slight, they didn’t deter us from enjoying the water. Yesterday, on the same beach, a young dolphin, suffering from dehydration and parasites, was washed ashore and had to be attended by a vet before being helped back out to sea.


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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2 Responses to La Isleta del Moro

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Is it really still so unspoilt>

  2. Went there a few years ago when on holiday in Roquetas. Does not look as if it has changed at all.

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