Almadraba de Monteleva

Boats at Almadraba de Monteleva

This morning I went to Almadraba de Monteleva, the other side of the Faro de Gata by Las Salinas the salt flats, to display some of Margaret’s prints of local landscapes and flamenco dancers at El Palmito the Flamenco and Cultural Centre.

Beach at Almadraba

It was a typical hot and hazy August morning but the long stretch of beach here never seems to get crowded. Perhaps it is at weekends.

Family preparing to haul up their boat

I strolled along the beach where little fishing boats are pulled up onto the sand and crossed the road to look at the cottages by the salt works.

Row of cottages and washing

Most of these traditional cottages seemed occupied but whether they are permanent or holiday homes I do not know. I guess they were originally for the families of fishermen and salt workers.

The bench seems OK

Some though are in a ruinous state but at least they make interesting subjects for photography.

La Iglesia de Las salinas with cottages

Here also is the iconic church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas, which has just been restored. I have recently posted some good photos of this church taken in better light last month but here it is included with the cottages.

Boarded Up – I have remastered this photo for Colours of Spain

I have remastered a couple of photos and posted them on


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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