Genoveses on a Sunday

Panoramic shot of Genoveses beach

We decided to go to Genoveses beach today to see just how busy it gets on a Sunday before high summer. During high season, there is a toll gate at the end of San Jose at the beginning of the track that leads to Genoveses, Monsul and the other beautiful beaches towards the Faro de Cabo de Gata.

Dunes and sea spurge behind the beach

Cars are charged and once a certain number have passed through, no others are permitted as it is important to preserve the fragile ecology of the Parque Natural.

Boats off the beach at the southern end

The only other way to get to these beaches is by foot, by kayak or other small boat, or catch the bus from San Jose. During the summer, buses run a shuttle service up and down the tracks to the beaches.

Car park behind the beach

The limits are not in effect yet and today, although there are few tourists around, the Almerians were out in force, and when we arrived at 1200 the car park was almost full. When we left a few hours later, there was no room left and cars were parked along the track which is not officially permitted.

A quiet corner of Genoveses looking towards San Jose

The beach in front of the car park was busy and a line of colourful sunshades stretched the length of the shore. Further along, the southern end was much more peaceful. The weather, although hazy, was warm and the sea tempting.

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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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