The Beach in Autumn – Las Negras to El Playazo

Las Negras this morning

Las Negras this morning

The beaches on this blog can all be reached from walking south of Las Negras. We set off this morning from the village following the coastal path.

Viola arborescens

Viola arborescens

We mentioned on an earlier blog this week the wild flower, Viola arborescens but did not include a photo. Bushy clusters of it are now in flower all along the coastal path.

Cala del Cuervo

Cala del Cuervo

The first beach south of Las Negras is Cala del Cuervo. There is a camp site behind this beach so it is usually busy in summer but today there were few people there.

Scilla obtusifolia

Scilla obtusifolia

Walking up the cliff path we found another example of the autumnal squill, Scilla obtusifolia.

View from the coastal path

View from the coastal path

The coastal scenery along this walk is stunning and today there was hardly any wind, so the Mediterranean was calm and clear.

The cove beneath the castle

The cove beneath the castle

The next beach is this little cove beneath the castle, Bateria de San Ramon.

Margaret and Blanquita looking at fish in a rock pool

Margaret and Blanquita looking at fish in a rock pool

Finally we arrived at El Playazo and walked to the end of the beach.

El Playazo de Rodalquilar

El Playazo de Rodalquilar

The wispy cloud of the morning soon dispersed leaving a clear blue sky.

Fossilized dunes behind a little creek by El Playazo

Fossilized dunes behind a little creek by El Playazo

We like the far end of El Playazo and stopped for a picnic, swim and rest. The rocks here are fascinating as you can see from the photo above.

Looking down on El Valle from the mountain pass

Looking down on El Valle from the mountain pass

We did not return along the coast. Instead we walked up El Valle de Rodalquilar and along a track cutting through the mountains back to Las Negras.

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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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