A Christmas Walk, Genoveses Beach

The old mill at San José

The old mill at San José

Every day of Christmas week has been sunny, but today has been the finest of all and so, this morning, we drove to San José to walk the length of Genoveses beach. As usual, we parked at the edge of the village and took the track from the old mill down to the north end of the beach.

The valley with old cortijo behind the beach

The valley with old cortijo behind the beach

Looking inland across the fields we saw the white buildings of the old cortijo and corral used last year during the filming of the German production, Der Weg Nach San José.

Agaves and palms line the track to the beach

Agaves and palms line the track to the beach

As the track turns towards the beach, its route is lined with agaves and pine trees.

Bikers by the shore

Bikers by the shore

We were quite early, but already walkers and cyclists were out enjoying the winter sunshine.

Body of a young whale

Body of a young whale

A sad sight was the body of a young Cuvier’s Beaked Whale on the shore. There was a note by it asking people not to touch it and that it was going to be removed. Recently, the local press has reported instances of whales being washed on to beaches in the province. We think this one died of injuries but we have no idea how they were sustained.

Walking along the beach

Walking along the beach

Looking across the sea towards San José

Looking across the sea towards San José

Looking back from the end of Playa de los Genoveses

Looking back from the end of Playa de los Genoveses

We walked the length of the beach and took these photos to capture the striking light and colours.

The cove next to Genoveses Bay

The cove next to Genoveses Bay

When we arrived at the south end of the beach we walked up the cliff to look down on this pretty cove next to Genoveses.

Looking down on Genoveses Bay

Looking down on Genoveses Bay

We then carried along the path as it followed the ridge inland and had this lovely view of the whole of Genoveses bay.

Dunes behind the beach

Dunes behind the beach

We then walked down to the fields behind the beach and over the dunes to retrace our walk back along the beach …

Eucalyptus trees

Eucalyptus trees

… passing through the grove of eucalyptus trees behind the sand.

Fields and mountains

Fields and mountains

At the end of the walk we looked back across the fields and mountains. It was good to see other people out on foot and bicycles. When we got back to the car the temperature was registering 24C.

Daisy

Daisy

Daisy, now just over 3 months old, takes these long walks in her stride.

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.

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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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