Continuing our exploration of the Parque Natural, this morning we took the road from Fernan Perez to Los Albaricoques. As we left Fernan Perez, we stopped to photograph an old windmill that stands above the village. These windmills were important over 100 years ago when cereals were grown in the area.
The road to Los Albaricoques is not very picturesque as there are many plastic greenhouses along here, it being just outside the limit of the Natural Park. Passing through the tiny hamlet of Los Martinez some interesting small buildings caught our eye and we stopped to read a plaque explaining their use. They were pig styes made in the traditional style from local stone. We had seen some of these small, domed constructions outside Cortizo del Montana yesterday and wondered what they were for.
There were a number of friendly cats clambering around these old buildings.
When we arrived at Los Albaricoques, which is not a very attractive village, we decided to see if we could reach Presillas Bajas and make a circular route home. We found a track wandering through a narrow, fertile valley that took us in the right direction.
The route was lush with agaves, prickly pears, wild olives, palmettos, myrtle and other shrubs and the air was fragrant with the scent of aromatic herbs. Along the way, we noticed that the rocks and boulders were covered with a rusty orange lichen.
Eventually the landscape opened and in front of us was an old farmhouse with large piles of seeweed on the land in front.
There was washing hanging outside so we thought that someone would be around to ask if we were on the right track. We then spotted the farmer, with a small flock of sheep, but he told us that, although the track did indeed lead to Presillas Bajas, it was not passable in a car. We retraced our journey but will return to do the whole length of the path down the barranco on foot.