Cala del Plomo – Cala de San Pedro

Cala del Plomo

Cala del Plomo

This morning, we attempted to walk the cliff path from Cala del Plomo to Cala de San Pedro. It was a bright and warm morning and we were looking forward to trying a walk in the Parque Natural that we had not done before.

Looking down to Cala del Plomo and Agua Amarga beyond

Looking down to Cala del Plomo and Agua Amarga beyond

The ascent up the cliff from the beach at Cala del Plomo is steep but you are rewarded with some wonderful coastal views.

Looking down to the sea from 250 metres

Looking down to the sea from 250 metres

The path follows the ridge of the cliffs which are 250 metres above sea level. The views looking down to the sea are quite dramatic.

Narcissus

Narcissus

Dipcadi

Dipcadi

The botany here is also interesting and the flora changes with each progressive rise in altitude. We came across this little narcissus and, nearby, an example of a well-camouflaged dipcadi in flower.

Swallowtail butterfy

Swallowtail butterfy

Another swallowtail photo

Another swallowtail photo

There were several varieties of butterfly in the rich vegetation along the edge of the cliffs . We think they must have come over on warm winds from Africa, the faint coastline of which we could see in the distance. The largest of the butterflies were brilliant yellow swallowtails and Digby was able to capture a couple of good photos of these.

Looking south down the coast

Looking south down the coast

We walked for an hour and a half but missed the fork in the path which would have taken us down to San Pedro. However, we reached a point on the cliffs which gave us a superb view of the coast to the south.
Other ramblers enjoying the walk

Other ramblers enjoying the walk

We will do this walk again in a few weeks time, not just to reach San Pedro but also because there were signs that the flora here will be much more advanced then.

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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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2 Responses to Cala del Plomo – Cala de San Pedro

  1. Jo Allan says:

    Thanks for these lovely pictures, I particularly like the swallotail butterfly. I am really enjoying the great pictures on your blog which is especially welcome on a dull winter morning in England. I wondered if the path from San Pedro to Las Negras is easily walkable as we are planning to walk in the area later in the year. I took this path a few years a go but, being a vertigo sufferer, I was a somewhat freaked out by the narrowness and sheer drop about half way out of the towards Las Negras and have not risked the walk from Agua Amarga to Las Negras since then.. Jo

    • Hello Jo

      The walk from Las Negras to San Pedro takes about an hour and is easy until you are almost at San Pedro when the path narrows but the descent is not nearly as steep as from the other direction.

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