Exploring the ramblas of Tabernas

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Looking back at the Castillo de Tabernas from the ramblas

This morning we drove to Tabernas with the intention of exploring the desert landscape. We know the town and everybody has heard of its tourist attractions, the wild west villages built for the spaghetti westerns, but we had not explored the desert countryside before.
We turned off the main road to Tabernas from the Almeria – Granada autovia and, before we reached the town, took the turning to Fort Bravo.

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Eucalyptus trees

Before we reached Fort Bravo we stopped at the entrance to the Rambla de Buho and walked along it. These eucalyptus at the beginning of the walk were the only trees we saw.

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Rambla de Buho

This rambla was used in the film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Nazi tanks rumbled up it. We envisaged the scenes from the film.

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Rock formations by the rambla

The rock formations here are stunning and the colours were vibrant in the autumn sunshine.

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Old mine workings

This is the entrance to old mine workings but we do not know what ore was mined here.

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Looking north from a mirador

We needed to use the car as well as walking because the route we took was too long in the heat of the day and we drove up to this mirador and looked north across this wide rambla towards the Sierra de Los Filabres. You can just make out the white dot of the observatory, Cala Alto, on the ridge of the mountains.

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Wonderful desert landscapes

We carried on further along the tracks and saw more, stunning rock formations. The only people we encountered were a couple of men who looked like they were from a film crew. We read later in the paper that scenes for the Spanish TV series, Mar de Plastico, are being filmed here on Friday.

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The castillo de Tabernas with the Sierra Ahamilla behind

When we looked back we could see the Castillo de Tabernas and with this in view we knew we would not get lost and eventually followed a camino back which took us straight in to the centre of the pueblo and refreshment and great tapas at Hostal Puente in the main street.

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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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