Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio

We tried to reach this cove, which we had never visited before, a couple of weeks ago. It is located between Cala del Plomo and Agua Amarga. According to our map, there is a track from the road into Agua Amarga near Cortijada de la Joya, but a local informed us that it was not passable in a normal car and the 3km walk was too far in the heat carrying beach gear.

The start of the footpath from Cala del Plomo

Today we made an early start and tried a shorter access by parking beside the track to Cala del Plomo, just before the beach, and taking a well-trodden footpath.

Typical landscape from the footpath

The walk, through typical semi-arid countryside of the Parque Natural, took only about 20 minutes. There were indications, though, that this could well be a very interesting botanical walk in the spring.

Arriving at Cala de Enmedio

Cala de Enmedio is a lovely little cove, very sandy, with shallow water stretching a long way out.

Cliffs at the edge of the beach

There are blue-white fossilised sandstone cliffs either side, and fossilised dunes stretching down to the sea with little coloured fishes swimming close to the rocky edges. Even though it is a summer Sunday, the beach was relatively quiet due to the difficult access.

Cala de Enmedio

The beach was mostly occupied by Spanish families. Visitors were arriving in kayaks and inflatable boats and there were several 4×4 vehicles parked behind the beach. They obviously were able to negotiate the track that we were advised not to. It was hot and hazy so we hope you like the photos. The colours here must be stunning in sharp, clear light.

Boys fishing from the rocks

We spotted a smart Guardia Civil motor boat patrolling the coast and on the way back saw a Guardia Civil patrol car driving down to Cala del Plomo. Last Wednesday, when we went to El Playazo, we were told that the Guardia Civil had been there in the morning handing out on the spot fines to anybody with a dog on the beach. In the paper this week we read that the Guardia Civil have been given a directive to patrol beaches rigorously this summer in order to clamp down on beach crime and drugs, but it would seem that they are being a bit over-zealous.

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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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