Cala de los Torros

The path approaching Cala de los Torros

Because of its volcanic origins and variety of rocks and minerals, the composition of the beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata ranges from soft, golden sands to dark stones and pebbles.

Cala de los Torros

Cala de los Torros is a beach of black, volcanic sand with many rocks and pebbles.

Breaking waves

Situated between the long, sandy beaches of El Playazo, a few minutes to the north and La Isleta just to the south, it is never likely to get crowded and ideal if you are looking for peace and quiet on a Sunday in summer.

Oasis of palms, palmettos and pines

The beach is reached from the road via a track through an oasis of palms, palmettos and pines.

Soaring gull

Pebbles on the shore – a geologist’s dream

We spent a pleasant few hours there today watching the gulls soar overhead, listening to the waves and studying the colourful little pebbles by the seashore.

Gulls on volcanic boulder


It is easy enough to find a soft patch of sand to sit on and the sea, although it looked intimidating, was fine for swimming from the middle of the beach. This afternoon there were only two other people there.


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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