La Iglesia de las Salinas

La Iglesia de Las Salinas

We read in the paper recently that the restoration of the iconic church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas, near San Miguel de Cabo de Gata, had been completed, so we drove there this afternoon.

The church by the beach

There was still some scaffolding in front of the facade but even so, it did look very striking next to the beach and boats.

Succulents by the beach

Another succulent

By the church and on the shore were growing some interesting succulent plants. These have adapted to survive the salt-saturated soil.

Las Sirenas, The sirens

While we were in the vicinity, we drove on to the Faro and looked down at the Sirens – a series of jagged rocks which are the remains of a volcanic chimney. No wonder a lighthouse is needed here at the south eastern tip of Spain. The rocks are aptly named!


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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2 Responses to La Iglesia de las Salinas

  1. Heather Park says:

    The church looks great we haven’t got there yet from San Jose ( when we visit on holiday) so this year might be the one.

  2. angela Bell says:

    Very striking.That area is haunting.

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