The Beach in Autumn – Playa de los Genoveses

Playa de los Genoveses today

Playa de los Genoveses today

Autumn is a great time of year for spending time on the beautiful beaches of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. Summer crowds have gone, leaving the beaches almost empty, the sea is still warm enough for swimming and the weather. Like today, usually fine and sunny. We headed for Playa de Los Genoveses next to San José.

The mill and black wheatear

The mill and black wheatear

We parked at the edge of the village near the old, restored windmill. Here, a black wheatear was sitting on the ruin next to the windmill. A family of them were nesting in the ruins.

The path to the beach

The path to the beach

We followed the path down to the nearest point of the beach.

Where Clavious has just been filmed

Where Clavious has just been filmed

When we arrived at the beach, some carpenters were disassembling shacks in the pine and eucalyptus groves behind the beach that were built for the shooting of the film Clavius which is being filmed in the province.

The nearest point of the beach to San Jose

The nearest point of the beach to San Jose

We walked the length of the beach from here to the end of the bay.

The centre of the beach

The centre of the beach

The far end

The far end

A few sunbathers and swimmers were scattered among this beautiful long stretch of sand.

Margaret and Blanquita relaxing

Margaret and Blanquita relaxing

We enjoyed a couple of hours relaxation before returning.

The landscape and mountains behind Playa de los Genoveses

The landscape and mountains behind Playa de los Genoveses

The clear autumn light was beautiful and countryside fresh after recent showers.The mountains behind the beach are always dramatic.

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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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