The Alcazaba, Almeria

The Alcazaba, Almeria

Today we went to Almeria City specifically to have a look at the old town and explore the magnificent Moorish castle, the Alcazaba. We reached the old city walls via a very scruffy and unattractive area of the city but at least there were good views of the castle from there.

Street below the Alcazaba

We made our way to the castle entrance below which were streets with Arab shops and tearooms.

Gardens within the walls

More of the gardens

Inside the walls we discovered beautifully laid-out Moorish gardens and ….

View from the ramparts

…. from the ramparts there were wonderful views of the city and sea.

Carp and lillies

The tinkling sound of running water followed us around the gardens as it trickled into little ponds with carp and lilies.

Water in a corner

Castle cat

At the top of the castle there are yet more gardens and ponds and here a small colony of well-fed cats appreciated the attention of visitors.

Steps to the castle

There is no charge to visit the castle and gardens and they are open all day. We enjoyed our day out and the gardens are just as inspiring as those of the Alhambra in Granada.

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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 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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