I don’t make any bones about the fact that I normally try to stay away from the tourist resorts. They simply aren’t my cup of tea, for one thing, they have no history or sense of community…….or do they?
The other week I was persuaded to go to Playa Beril to snorkel. I’m not very brave with waves and such, but I adore to have my face in the water (I’d actually prefer to have it under the water, but that’s not in my current budget!), and this beach is really as safe as it gets, with a surprising amount of sea life to see so close to where tourists stir up the bottom. It’s still all pebbles, sandwiched between the psuedo-sophisticated Playa del Duque and Playa Enramada (probably yet to be “developed”), and just at the end of the beach there is an area which is all pebbles, and where what seems to be spontaneous “street” art has broken out.
The entire area is covered with these rock balances, which, so far as I can make out, is the correct way to describe them. No-one I’ve spoken to knows how it began, and because it’s an area I don’t know that well, I can’t even tell you how or when or how long it has taken to grow to this stage, but it is now quite remarkable, giving a very mysterious kind of atmosphere to the beach, especially at sunset. I was quite captivated the first time I saw them in broad daylight, but since I was there to snorkel, it was one of the few times I didn’t have a camera with me – not even a phone! For a couple of weeks now I’ve been itching to get back. I actually wanted to go at sunrise, but the other day found me in the area just before sunset, so I thought I’d make the most of it.
I was tip toeing between all the works of art. In some places there are so many it’s actually hard to walk around them. I do want to go back at sunrise, and I also want to go back and try the infamous HDR, about which I’ve had so many snidey thoughts, but which I know would have taken these photos to a whole different level….
Of course, it also taught me that there is beauty to be found everywhere, and that people, perhaps as a reaction against the swathes of concrete covering the coast, have created their own art. Even if it was started deliberately by the local authority, it certainly has been claimed by the people now.