Barranco de Requena

Red Lettuce at Cortijo del Fraile near the start of the walk

There is a sign describing this walk beside the road from Rodalquilar to Cortijo del Fraile shortly before Ermita del Fraile.

Looking up the path lined with agaves

The walk starts along a wide path lined with agaves and there are great views looking into the light towards the barranco and looking back to the plateau of Cortijo del Fraile. The agaves were planted instead of hedges to secure the fields.

Approaching Cortijo de Requena

At the end of this path is Cortijo de Requena which is now mostly in ruin and used as a large goat and sheep barn.

The herd

The animals were packed into the coral and the shepherd had just arrived to take them out. This must have been a substantial dwelling once and a fine working farm.

A signpost but the path is narrow and steep

After the cortijo the path narrows and begins a steep and stony ascent up the barranco.

Near the top

The going is described as hard in the guide books but the higher you climb the more spectacular are the views looking back.

View of the coastline

Eventually we reached the top of the ridge and looked down along the coastline. Far below us the little fishing village of La Isleta looked tiny.

Even the dogs enjoyed the views

You can continue this walk downwards either to Rodalquilar or La Isleta but we returned the way we came.

Nearly back

The descent was tricky but eventually we arrived back at the car a little over two hours from when we started.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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