This morning, we walked up the Barranco de Requeña to the ridge of the coastal range above La Isleta.
The walk starts at the lane through Cortijo del Fraile and, at first, you follow a flat path lined with agaves.
Then the path narrows and steepens and it is quite a stiff climb to the summit from where there are panoramic views of the coast below.
I chose to go here today because I wanted to look at the interesting flora that can be found in the rocky terrain of the sheltered mountain pass.
At the start of the walk, bushes of lavender were coming into flower, attracting many bees;
further on, a miniature yellow narcissus was growing out of a crack in a rock,
while further still there were some fine specimens of the rather lovely fan-lipped orchid.
There were still some examples of a winter flowering plant, a type of birthwort, which has curious, but attractive, flowers resembling a monk’s cowl.