El Zapillo, the City’s beach

El Zapillo promenade

This morning I completed some business in Almeria early so I drove down to the bottom of the Avenida del Mediterraneo to have a look at El Zapillo, the City’s beach.

Galleon on the green

I had not been to El Zapillo for over 20 years and marveled at the transformation. Alongside the beach runs a palm lined promenade behind which are green areas where a lovely old boat was laid up.

Early morning exercise

It was before 1000, the beach was spotless and the Mediterranean calm. People were out taking their early morning exercise and fishermen were working at their boats.

Fishermen at work

I expect at weekends it is extremely busy here but midweek in May it looked idyllic.

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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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