Izzy and Ellie on holiday – Day 2 The Pirate coast

The beach at La isleta

There are many fortifications along the coast of the Parque Natural from San Jose to San Pedro as it was once ravaged by barbary pirates from north Africa.

Two girls in a boat

Today the girls, after a spell on the beach at La Isleta del Moro, ….

El Castillo de Los Escullos

…. had a picnic beneath the castle of Los Escullos and then went on to the little cove beneath the Bateria de San Ramon at el Playazo de Rodalquilar.

Bateria de san Ramon

This fort was built after the smaller Castillo de Rodalquilar failed to repel a pirate attack in which many of the villagers were captured and sold into slavery. Now German Shepherds stand guard on the castle walls.

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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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