Las Negras – El Playazo

Boats at Las Negras this morning

Because today is a national holiday in Spain, this morning we went to Las Negras as Paco El Cacho’s supermarket there was probably the only shop open near us.

Life beginning to stir

It was a beautiful morning. with a calm sea and cloudless sky and life was just beginning to stir.

The coastal path

We decided to walk the coast path from Las Negras to El Playazo.

Cala del Cuervo

Leaving Las Negras, a small road hugs the cliffs to the next cove, Cala del Cuervo, where there is now a modern camp site behind a clean, sandy beach.

Camping La Caleta behind Cala del Cuervo

We remember that 20 years ago this was a dirty barranco full of litter and the beach was filthy and covered with seaweed. How times have changed!


The coastal path continues to El Playazo de Rodalquilar. There are wonderful coastal views taking in the rugged coastline, the different colours of the cliffs and the transparent sea.

La Bateria with El Playazo behind

Eventually we reached La Bateria de San Ramón. This 18th Century fort was built during the reign of Carlos 111 to protect the coast from Berber pirates.

La Bateria and the beach below

After a swim in a little cove beneath the fort we retraced our steps back to Las Negras by which time people were beginning to arrive at the beaches.

Setting off in kayaks

From the beach, in front of the camp site, a group were setting off in kayaks. A perfect day for this sport.


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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