Las Negras – San Jose by bike

A cove at Los Escullos

A cove at Los Escullos

This morning, I decided to cycle to San Jose. I took the main- and only- road as far as Los Escullos, where I turned off, and leaving the small coves behind, climbed the winding coastal track along the cliffs to San Jose.
Looking back along the track

Looking back along the track

To start with, the going was not too bad. The track was broad and relatively smooth.
Casa del Tomate

Casa del Tomate

However, as I progressed, the track became narrower and the surface is covered with loose stones and rocks. I would have liked to stop more often to appreciate the views but the going was tough and there was a stiff breeze. I needed to concentrate on my cycling but I did stop to photograph this large, isolated ruin on the cliffs which, according to the map, is Casa del Tomate.
Looking towards San Jose

Looking towards San Jose

Eventually, San Jose came into view. From here the descent is steep, stony and precarious. At the end of the descent, a path leads to Cala de Higuera but the ride had taken longer than expected, so I took no more diversions and headed back from San Jose along the road, but straight into a strong Levante wind.

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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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