On the beach this week

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The beach at Agua Amarga

June has arrived and the beaches of the Parque Natural beckon. One of the finest is the beach at Agua Amarga, the most northerly village on the edge of the Parque Natural. We visited yesterday morning.

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Gardens and trees spill on to the beach

Agua Amarga does not have the mystique of Las Negras but is more refined. Smart apartments with their trees and gardens spill on to the beach together with formal fish restaurants. We would describe it as a pleasant, little, up-market family resort.

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The beach at Las Negras

The beach at Las Negras, by contrast, is mostly covered by pebbles as you can see from these photos taken this morning.

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Las Negras

Most of the sand was carried away by currents last winter but swimming is still possible from many parts of the beach. The attraction of Las Negras is its laid-back lifestyle, colourful people and variety of interesting bars and restaurants.

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The beach at San Pedro

You can walk along the cliffs via the coastal footpath from Las Negras to Agua Amarga. It would take about four hours. On the way, you will dip down into several coves. The first is San Pedro.

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San Pedro

This morning it was perfect. Crystal clear water warm enough for swimming, very few people on the beach and lots of sand.

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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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