We wanted to take all three dogs with us for a wak this morning so, being Sunday, we looked for somwhere quiet. We parked along the lane from Rodalquilar to Cortijo del Fraile at the entrance to a path that appeared to lead up the mountainside.
The path was steep and narrow and quite hard going.
We were relieved when it joined another, wider path which was cut into the hillside just below the ridge.
From here we enjoyed spectacular views of the coastline.
This area has a history of mining and there were a number of old adits, leading off the path, which the dogs liked exploring.
When the path came to an abrupt halt we retraced it around to the other side of the mountain and came across extensive mine workings from the old 19th Century Minas de Avéllan.
The ground was littered with mineral-rich rocks and there were even more adits and tunnels.
The views were again spectacular, looking inland this time towards the Sierra Alhamilla, Sierra de los Filabres and in the distance, the Sierra Nevada.
A path through the mine workings led us back to the Rodalquilar – Cortijo del Fraile lane along which we walked back to the car. On this walk, which took us 3 hours, we did not see another soul except on the last leg along the main lane.