Market day in Tabernas

Tabernas

Tabernas

Today we visited the town of Tabernas in the desert of Almeria. We did not know what to expect as we had not visited the town before. The main attractions for visitors to this part of Almeria are the old wild west film sets in the desert.
Tabernas market

Tabernas market

We were pleasantly surprised to discover it was market day.
The square by the church and the narrow streets off were packed with colourful stalls.
Fruit and veg stall

Fruit and veg stall

It was one of the best town markets we have seen. There were stalls selling, fruit and veg, spices, flowers, plants, clothes, shoes and much else.
Chatting in the square

Chatting in the square

The town was bustling and we crept away to walk up to the castle, the subject of our next blog.
Avenida de Andalucia, Tabernas

Avenida de Andalucia, Tabernas

We returned to the town to explore more of the streets as we liked the old buildings.
DSC01854aThere is quite a contrast between buildings in decay and others beautifully restored.
Tapas at Hostal El Puente

Tapas at Hostal El Puente

After many years in Spain we have a nose for a good tapas and sniffed out the Hostal El Puente. We were not disappointed. The photo shows lomo and anchovy served on what seemed like pitta bread and before we were given an excellent paella tapa and their speciality which is slices of baked potato on the plancha with herbs and sauces.
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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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