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June 2011

Road to Dalt Vila or 'High Town' Ibiza


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

The windy road rising to the old, old part of Ibiza Town called 'Dalt Vila'.  Dalt Vila means high town and it's really a citadel crammed full of almost medieval houses, and narrow cobbled streets.  As you wander around the perimeter, now and again you get fantastic views through the ramparts to the sea beyond.



Harbourside Ibiza Town


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Away from the busy Ibiza Town centre, you can walk through the oldest part of Ibiza Town with it's narrow streets and up the southern edge of the harbour.  It's really quite peaceful along the harbour wall, and very few tourists seem to make the trip to the end of the road.  Just below the citadel are imposing 4 and 5 floor houses with great views out over the busy harbour.


Paseo Juan Carlos Ibiza Town


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Where the walk from Talamanca ends and you begin to approach the port area of Ibiza town, there is a lovely promenade (called Paseo Juan Carlos, after the King I presume) of over a mile around the port perimeter and flanked by a grassy park area (complete with outdoor gymnastic obstacles for the energetic) and high rise apartments on the other with lovely views out to the bay and Ibiza Town itself.  At the far end of the promenade is a modern little shopping center and a number of up market bars and restaurants right next to the busy marina.


Calle de la Isla Plana Ibiza Town


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

You can take a shortcut on a walk from Talamanca to Ibiza Town, a long straight uninteresting road, but I prefer to take the back roads and try and make a picture from even a simple scene.  This is a view up the Calle de la Isla Plana, a road over a headland before you come into Ibiza town area.


Talamanca back street, Ibiza


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

A typical back street behind the sea front at Talamanca, a mile or two from Ibiza Town, Ibiza.  Talamanca is totally different in character to it's neighbour Ibiza Town, situated at the end of a large sweeping sandy bay.  Here, the noisiest thing is probably a dog barking in a garden somewhere.


Grand Canal Venice form a vaporetto water bus


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

The only way to get around quickly in Venice is via the vaporetto water bus which snakes it's way up and down the Grand Canal, which is the main artery of Venice and a huge 'S' through the middle of the city.  The many bus stops give plenty of opportunities to explore the narrow side streets and the wonderful architecture flanking the water's edge.


Corralejo Fuerteventura 3


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Corralejo which was once a small fishing village, has now grown into a lively colourful town. Luckily, Corralejo has managed to retain its original charm and atmosphere, and there are still white sandy beaches in the town centre, where you can 'drop down' and soak up the Canarian sunshine.


Puerto Banus 2


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Puerto Banus is located just west of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, Spain.  This is the place to see and be seen, to walk amongst fabulous luxury yachts and admire the impressive cars while a drink or eat in one of the many restaurants and outdoor bars (not tooo expensive either). It is a picture postcard site with a backdrop of mountain and sea views.


Meloneras Gran Canaria


Original Watercolour 15" x 11"

Meloneras, perfectly situated next to the popular resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, has a wonderful promenade which seems to go on for mile and miles past up market hotels hidden from viw by tall hedges and fencing.  To one side, that facing south into the Atlantic, you brace yourself, because even when it's 'calm' it's windy!


Olhao Algarve 3


Original watercolour 15" x 11"

The architecture of the old part of Olhão reveals the Arab influence in the region. You could well think you're in Agadir or somewhere in Morocco. In the hectic and noisy environment of the two markets, situated on the promenade by the sea, you can admire an impressive diversity of fish and seafood every morning.