Las Amoladeras Visitor’s Centre

Las Amoladeras visitor's centre

This morning we went to Las Amoladeras visitors’ centre which is situated off the main road to Granada behind San Miguel de Cabo de Gata.

Inside the centre

There is a small shop and an exhibition area with excellent backlit graphical displays explaining the nature, geology and climate of the Parque Natural.

Path through the agave

From the centre there is a circular walk which takes you around the interior steppe area.

Eucalyptus tree

The mainly flat route takes you through forests of agave, bushes of azufaifo and the occasional eucalyptus tree.

Bird watching

This time of year is not the best to observe the flora, but this protected area is excellent for bird watching, especially at dawn and sunset. We saw warblers, stonechats, larks and shrikes. The walk takes a couple of hours.

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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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