Pueblo Los Genoveses

Pueblo Los Genoveses overlooks the Bay of San Jose

When we first visited the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata in 1984, we stayed in Pueblo Los Genoveses. This development of 12 small villas overlooking the Bay of San Jose had recently been built by a British developer, Mike McNamara. At that time, the houses stood in isolation on the hillside with superb views over the village and Mediterranean.

From a terrace of Pueblo Los Genoveses

There was no marina then, the village had no mains water and very little in the way of shops, restaurants and bars. There was little to do but relax, enjoy the scenery, nature and the fabulous beaches.

The gardens are mature now

I returned to have another look this afternoon. Pueblo Los Genoveses is no longer isolated but it is not overlooked and at the back is a track that takes you around the corner to Genoveses beach.

The inviting pool

The gardens are very mature now, the pool looked very inviting and the complex has been well maintained and has a certain charm that the more modern developments lack.

Garden detail

When we stayed there, Alan Thorpe did much of the maintenance work on the houses and his son, John, runs HMS, a property management company which has these villas for rent. If you would like to stay in one of these houses please contact John at www.hms-spain.com

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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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