Gran Hotel Almeria

Gran Hotel Almeria

I remember the Gran Hotel Almeria, a typical example of 1960’s hotel architecture, from when I last knew this city 20 years ago. Its position was always enviable being so close to the historic and commercial centre and the rooms must have superb views overlooking the port. In those days it was shabbier and its environs had little to commend them but now there are water features and palm lined avenues around it. When the movie shooting boom took off in Almeria in the ‘60s there were no appropiate hotels to accommodate the stars so the Gran Hotel was built. Peter O’Toole, Clint eastwood, Gina Lollobrigida, Harrison Ford and Sean Copnnery are among the stars who stayed here.

Rambla de Belén

As I mentioned before there used to be a dusty car park down the centre of the Rambla de Belén. This is what it looks like today.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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 Gran Hotel Almeria

  1. We have stopped in the Gran Hotel and it was very comfortable

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