A walk to San Pedro

San Pedro from above

This morning we walked over the cliffs from Las Negras to San Pedro. It was a perfect morning for it and quite a few other hikers had the same idea.

The narrow cliff path

San Pedro can be reached only via a narrow cliff path or by boat.

The sandy beach

It is a charming, sheltered little valley with a sandy beach and a spring.

Succulent plants

Succulent plants, such as the one featured here, thrive in the sunshine.

Castillo de San Pedro

There used to be a community living here which must have been almost self-sufficient, but in centuries past they suffered from pirate attacks so the castle was built to protect them.

The spring

When roads and mains facilities reached Las Negras, the community abandoned their houses to move there. The ruins are now squatted in by hippies and the place has become a Mecca for them. Our only objections are that their standards of hygiene and regard for the environment leave a lot to be desired.

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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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