A day in La Alpujarra


Today we drove around La Alpujarra. Summer is not the best time of year to visit this beautiful area south of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Spring and autumn are best when the colours are beautiful and there is snow on the mountain peaks but we had good reasons to make the journey.

Entering Yátor

Firstly, we wanted to visit Cádiar and some nearby villages as a cafe/shop there, El Rincon, is doing well with Margaret’s prints, even though she has not painted any scenes of the area. El Rincon is owned by the Thorpe family who also have a business in San Jose and whom we have known for over 25 years. Margaret wanted to check out views for possible future paintings.

Street scene in Yátor

The church in Narila

As well as visiting Cádiar, we stopped at two little villages, Yátor and Narila. These were very typical of La Alpujarra, with their narrow streets, cottages with flat, grey slate roofs and old churches.


Secondly, we had been invited for lunch by some friends who have recently bought a small country house below Lanjaron. We would have liked to take the high road which winds through many pretty villages but did not have the time and so we took the quicker southern road which passes through only one village, Torvizcón.

Cortijo Manzano

We arrived dead on time at our friends’ house, Cortijo Manzano, which is a charming cottage typical of the area and surrounded by olive and fruit trees.


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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