Calas del Barronal

Arriving at Playa del Barronal

The second half of September is probably the best time of year for the beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata; beautiful, sunny days with clear light and intense colours, a warm sea, agreeable temperatures in the high twenties and fewer people.

The second cove

Yesterday we went to the Calas de Barronal between Los Genoveses and Monsul. Here there are two sandy coves divided by a narrow headland which you can wade past in the shallow water.

Panoram towards Monsul and the headland

We have posted photos of these beaches before and there were more naked than clothed people there yesterday but instead of lots of bare bodies here are some photos of the fascinating geology.

Rocks behind the beach

The Cabo de Gata is a volcanic region and this is described on the coast where the different strata of rock come down to the sea.

Volcanic cliff

The colours and textures of the cliffs are beautiful.

Different minerals

In winter we have seen groups of geology students on these beaches so there is clearly plenty of interest for them to study.

Countryside behind the beach

The countryside behind the coast is beautiful too with the grasses and agave on the dunes backed by the mountains of the Sierra de Gata.

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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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