El Argamasón

Path beside the Rio Aliás

The Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata is so large that there are many parts which we have yet to explore, and some places we have never heard of. This morning we went to the village of El Argamasón, of which we knew nothing until we saw in a guide book that there was an interesting circular walk that included the Rio Alías. According to the book, this is the most important river in the natural park and usually has water throughout the year.

The square in El Argamasón

El Argamasón is a tiny village located up a minor road inland from Carboneras. We parked in the square and followed a path which took us through the usual scrubby landscape and above the barranco through which the river flowed.

Interesting rock formations above the river

Eventually, the path dropped down to the river bed and the walk became much more interesting.

Flowering grasses in the damper patches

We followed the river bed for about 3km but the only signs of water were a few isolated puddles.

Mountain Jasmine

The vegetation was very lush in places and because the area is sheltered, spring had already arrived and many plants were in flower, including a wild clematis, known as mountain jasmine because of its sweet scent.

The River bed

Sedimentary deposits produced by volcanic activity have been worn into fantastic shapes, and tower dramatically above the river bed.

Bermuda buttercups

There are many interesting birds in the dense cover provided by the reeds, grasses and shrubs. With a pair of binoculars and some patience, a birdwatcher would be able to identify all the little warblers that flit in and out of the reeds. These were so overgrown that we had to battle our way through in places.

Some ruins above the river bed

Eventually, we reached a path led us up to the road back to the village.

Traditional houses in the village


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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One Response to El Argamasón

  1. Angela Bell says:

    That looks so lovely,never found that one before!

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