Cala del Barronal

El Molino

Some of the most spectacular scenery and most beautiful beaches in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata are found along the coastal track between San Jose and the Faro de Gata. Leaving San Jose, the windmill Molino del Collado de los Genoveses dominates the scene as you drop down into the valley,lush with agaves and succulents, with the Mediterranean on your left and the Sierra de Cabo de Gata on your right.

Agaves with the Sierra de Cabo de Gata behind

There are so many beaches to chose from along here, including  the famous playas of Genoveses and Monsul. This morning, as it was Saturday and the most popular beaches were likely to be busy, we decided on Cala de Barronal.

The track to the Cala

A shorttrack through the dunes and a forest of agaves leads down to this beautiful, wide, sandy cove.

Cala del Barronal

Most beaches in the Natural Park, apart from those in the centre of villages, are clothes-optional and nudists and textiles mingle together without concern and here the naturists were definitely in a majority. Along the shoreline the soft sand was sprinkled with sea shells and the sea, as it has been for the last week, an absolute joy to swim in.



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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