This morning we drove to Presillas Bajas with the intention of walking up the rambla towards Los Albaricoques from where we tried to drive down it yesterday. There is a little car park in this pretty hamlet which overlooks the sea, but not much else. Many of the houses have been renovated in the traditional style. and look quite smart but there is still the odd crumbling edifice.
The path leading up through the narrow valley is lined with chumbos, palmettos and agaves and fennel and wild thyme grow in abundance. We saw some wild delphiniums with tiny, bright blue flowers. and stopped to photograph a beautiful swallowtail butterfly. Difficult to capture with a compact camera.
The surface of the path is sandy which makes walking quite heavy going. The stones and rocks are fascinating though, being of all sorts of colours and composed of different minerals due to the volcanic activity.
The stone walls are particularly attractive because they are built from the local, dark maroon rocks.
The valley widens when you reach the ruins of Cortijo de Berengueles on your left. The path forks. and if you carry straight on you will reach Los Albericoques. We turned right and followed the path through the volcanic crater, Caldera Volcanica de Majada Redonda. Here we were surrounded by mountains without a habitacion or telegraph pole in sight and no sound other than the pretty trilling of larks and the haunting cry of an eagle