Today, Dia de la Constitucíon, is a national holiday in Spain, and as the morning was so fine, we decided to go out. Firstly, we popped down to Las Negras to distribute some little posters for my forthcoming exhibition, http://margaretmerrypaintings.wordpress.com, at Hotel Cala Grande, http://hotelescala.com.
We then drove to the visitors’ centre for the Parque Natural near San Miguel de Cabo de Gata to put up a poster there, and while in the area we went to Torre Garcia beach which stretches from Retamar to San Miguel de Cabo de Gata. We parked near the Ermita which houses the Virgen del Mar on the two pilgrimages which are held here each year (first Sunday in January and June).
They were quite a few people about, taking advantage of the fine weather: cyclists were enjoying the long flat track behind the beach, anglers were stationed along the shore, and some people were just happy to sit down in the sunshine and read the paper.
We thought we could drive along the track by the beach all the way to San Miguel but came to a dead end when we reached the Charco, a large pond inhabited by waterfowl.
Around the margins are attractive, flowering grasses which provide cover for a host of little warblers.
We had to turn back and go to San Miguel via the main road. There was quite a bit of activity on the beach: fishermen were either bringing in their boats or preparing to put out to sea. This is quite a tricky operation as the boats have to be hauled up or down the sand by means of ropes, wires and wooden blocks.
This part of the beach, where the boats are moored, is always a colourful sight.