Paseo around Almeria

Bottom of the Rambla de Belén

We visited Almeria City today and, under a cloudless sky, explored the city centre and Casco Historico.Our walk started at the Rambla de Belén.

Looking down the rambla to the sea

This palm-lined, wide avenue starts at the port  and cuts a sunny swathe up through the city centre.

Having a snooze

Old men snooze in the sun on benches ….

Feeding the pigeons

…. or feed the pigeons while the world around them goes about its business.

An unusual tree

We turned off down the Rambla de Obispo. In a little square off this street we spotted this unusual tree with exotic pink flowers and a spiky trunk.

Fruit and veg in the market

Here, we also came upon the Mercado. The ground floor was given over to fresh fish stalls and on the first floor were butchers and greengrocers. The amount and variety of fresh produce on sale was positively bewildering.

A corner of the Paseo de Almeria

We then walked down the bustling Paseo de Almeria, the main business street in the city.

A square in the Casco Historico

Off here, we turned down side streets to explore the Casco Historico, where narrow streets open out into sunlit squares.

Cathedral and palm trees

Here we came across the imposing Cathedral. Tall palms reach for the sky in the square in front of the Cathedral, almost dominating the bell tower.

Courtyard in the Escuela de Artes

One of the finest buildings in the Casco Historico is the Escuela de Artes. We went inside to discover a beautiful inner courtyard shaded by palms and leafy plants.


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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3 Responses to Paseo around Almeria

  1. I always enjoy to see pictures of sunny Spain ! Do you happen to know the name of the tree on the left (with the bigger leafs) in your first picture ?

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