La Mejor Playa de España

The top of the path down to Genoveses. Beautiful views of the valley and mountains behind the beach

The top of the path down to Genoveses. Beautiful views of the valley and mountains behind the beach

The Spanish TV channel, Antena3, ran a poll over the summer inviting viewers to vote for “La Mejor Playa de España” (The best beach in Spain). The winner, with over 90,000 votes which was more than 21,000 votes more than its nearest rival, was our own Los Genoveses, in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

An avenue of agaves

An avenue of agaves

Situated in the next bay from San Jose access to this beautiful beach is limited in July and August to walkers and cyclists although a shuttle bus service from San Jose along the dusty road drops visitors off at the beaches of Genoveses, Barronal and Monsul. Now there is no bus service but private cars are allowed access and can park for free.

Looking along from the beginning of the beach

Looking along from the beginning of the beach

Yesterday we decided to visit Genoveses again and, despite featuring in this blog several times before, we thought you would like to see it again as the newly crowned best beach in Spain.

Looking back towards San Jose

Looking back towards San Jose

We preferred to walk to the beach rather than drive all the way so we parked before the windmill at the edge of San Jose and walked down the path through agave, pines and eucalyptus to the near end of the beach.

The far end of Genoveses

The far end of Genoveses

We then walked over the sand around the whole bay before settling for a swim and sunbathe at the far end.

From the far end of the beach showing all the bay

From the far end of the beach showing all the bay

All these photos were taken along the way. we hope you enjoy them.

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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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2 Responses to La Mejor Playa de España

  1. Moira McRae says:

    Dear Margaret and Digby, wonderful photos as always and leaving us very jealous as you certainly wouldn’t be swimming here. We have lovely sunny weather but there is definitely an autumnal feel to the air. Looking forward to seeing you in January. Take cRe. MOira and Donald x

  2. jeune01 says:

    Dear Margaret and Digby
    Beautiful photos again – love the colour contrasts – thank for sharing.
    I believe you celebrate your birthday today Margaret, so happy birthday to you!
    Love
    June

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