Friday, 15 July 2011
Thought I would share a couple of holiday snaps of other beaches we like to visit in Andalusia. This is Fuente de Los Gallos in Conil, a narrow strip of beach flanked by golden sandy cliffs which is popular with families. On a good day, when the tide is low, the beach is wide, the sea is so tranquil it looks like a sheet of glass, and the water is calm and shallow for miles out into the ocean. On this day however, the tide was so far in that the beach had almost disappeared and we'd have been struggling to find a spot to sunbathe amongst the many people who had already pitched up with umbrellas, folding chairs and iceboxes. So it was on to the neighbouring beach of El Palmar.
Conil (pictured below) is one of the los pueblos blancos (the white towns) that dot the coastline.
It is coming to the end of sunflower season here. During April to August in Andalusia you will drive through fields and fields of giant sunflowers which, in July, are now ripe and starting to fade. Their heads, once held haughtily high are now bowing in submission to the arrival of the height of summer, heavy with ripening seeds which the Andalusians love to snack on. By August they will be burnt brown.
When the sunflowers first burst into bloom it marks when it just starts to get hot enough to go to the beach. I love how in the morning when you drive to the beach their heads will be turned one way, and when you pass them in the late evening on the way home, they will have turned completely the other way in their pursuit of the sun.
Pictured above is the view of El Palmar beach as you approach from the road. Sunflowers, white sand then azure sea and sky as far as the eye can see. This is not called the Costa de la Luz for nothing.
The lack of outfit posts from my holiday is because other than sweaty dance gear worn to flamenco classes this was about as much as I was wearing!