Cala Hernández

Looking down at Las Negras from the cliff path in the soft morning light

Looking down at Las Negras from the cliff path in the soft morning light

Today has been another warm and sunny one and this morning we set off up the cliff path from Las Negras to San Pedro.

The start of the path down to Cala Hernández

The start of the path down to Cala Hernández

After rounding the Cerro Negro headland, we took the rarely used path on the right down to Cala Hernández.

Wild flowers along the path

Wild flowers along the path

This steep and difficult path hugs the north facing slopes of the hillsides and, because condensation is retained longer, the vegetation on the slopes is quite lush with an abundance of wild flowers.

Looking back up towards the path to San Pedro from the rambla

Looking back up towards the path to San Pedro from the rambla

Eventually we reached the sandy rambla which runs into the Cala.

Where the rambla meets the beach

Where the rambla meets the beach

When we reached the Cala, the sandy rambla led us to the pebbly beach backed by fascinating volcanic cliffs.

The pebble beach at Cala Hernández

The pebble beach at Cala Hernández

There was of course no one else here. The difficulty of the walk down and the fact that the beach is pebbly discourages visitors.

At the sea shore the pebbles give way to sand and a clear blue sea.

At the sea shore the pebbles give way to sand and a clear blue sea.

At the sea shore though, the pebbles give way to sand which extends out to sea. In summer the swimming and snorkeling off here should be superb. We spent a couple of very pleasant hours on the beach. It was extremely peaceful, the rock formations were fascinating and because of the lack of visitors, no litter.

Canario and his mother

Canario and his mother

Returning to Las Negras, we called in at the farm of the Garcia family at the edge of the village to meet the latest addition to their family, the donkey foal, Canario.

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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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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