La Ruta de Las Palomas, La Chanca, Almeria



This morning we went on one of Jose Campoy’s guided walks around La Chanca, Almeria. We parked in the fishing port and as we were early strolled around the harbour. Although the morning started dull the fishing boats always make colourful subjects. Being Sunday, most of the fishing fleet was moored up and men were mending nets on the quay.


Reflections in the water

There was little wind so the boats were reflected in the calm sea.


Houses of La Chanca with the Alcazaba behind

We did this walk a couple of months ago so on this blog we have tried to show different images from our last tour. Walking up the hill the painted houses form a pretty foreground in front of the old Moorish castle, the Alcazaba. Many of the houses in La Chanca are faced with a mosaic of tiles like the one in this photo. As you can see the sun came out.


A typical street in La Chanca

The further up you walk the more signs there are of poverty and decay. This is a typical street of La Chanca.


Not very pretty but somebody lives here

This photo illustrates the state of some of the buildings and the detritus lying around.


A more attractive corner

Despite this there are some very attractive corners and the Alcazaba is imposing.


Nouse with banana tree

Outside this door a banana tree is growing. It even has a large bunch of fruit.


The Alcazaba and Almeria City

At the summit of the walk there are superb views of the Alcazaba and the city of Almeria spread out below. We hope you enjoy the photos.


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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One Response to La Ruta de Las Palomas, La Chanca, Almeria

  1. Christine says:

    Hello, I know and love this area and enjoy very much reading your blog. Each post is like a gift for me!
    My family in law bought a house of fisherman in San Jose at the end of the 70’s and kept it for 23 years. It was very roots living here at the beginning but kids and parents spent marvellous hollidays, and my husband learned Spanish with the Andalusian accent!
    Did you know l’Alkazaba before it renovation? It was very charming with brick paths, small fresh springs in the middle of the steps and lots of trees that gave shade. Not this smooth and blinding white marble.
    Thank you for remembering these pleasant moments and those places we loved so much.

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