A walk around Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata

The salt flats and La Iglesia de las Salinas

This morning we drove to the salt-flats of Cabo de Gata. We parked at La Fabriquilla and walked along the path behind the flats which gave us good views of the recently reformed iconic church, La Iglesia de las Salinas, reflected in the waters. The weather was warm and the skies dramatic.


There were large flocks of gulls and avocets as well as smaller waders.

Las Salinas

The path took us all the way to San Miguel de Cabo de Cabo de Gata and we returned via the beach. There were very few flamingos and these were too far away to capture, but the salt flats were impressive set against the dramatic sky.

Androcybium gramineum

We came across this flower, Androcybium gramineum, found only in this part of Almeria.

The beach opposite the church

Walking back across the beach we noticed that the driftwood had been piled up in heaps, probably waiting for a bonfire night.


The circular walk took us 3 hours (14km) so we had a tapa lunch of fresh calamares and little salmonetas before we headed back home.

El Valle de Rodalquilar

On the way back, the Valle de Rodalquilar looked particularly striking, sunlit against a backdrop of a menacing sky, so we stopped to take a photo.


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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4 Responses to A walk around Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata

  1. Jessica says:

    This is so beautiful, and definitely on my list of things to see in Spain.

  2. Yves Cantraine says:

    The I don’t know what: Tribunal de no se que has confirmed that la Fabriquilla is “urbanizable” and the real estate investor has permission to build hotels and vacantion houses… My personal point of view is that stupidity reigns.

    • We quite agree – yet more empty holiday homes in a beautiful place and Parque Natural. There were protests here about this a week ago. The Ayuntamiento in Nijar wants this but needs to get approval from the Junta de Andalucia. I presume they want to build behind and alongside La Frabiquilla.

  3. angela bell says:

    I hope these beatiful images of this unique area are archived somewhere ,they are wonderful.

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