Today is a public holiday in Spain. It has been breezy, and cooler than yesterday, so we took ourselves for a long walk.
We parked beside the track leading south from Cortijo de Montana and walked up to the mountains that separated us from the coast.
A path leads along the ridge from which there are wonderful views looking down on Cortijo del Fraile and across to the Sierra Alhamilla.
The mountain slopes above the path are sheltered and fertile and many species of shrubs and flowers thrive. We passed sprawling clusters of arenaria -little white flowers with rounded petals ….
…. and the sticky leaved gum cistus, with large, white flowers. Their delicate scent reminds me of bluebells.
When we approached the old mine workings, Minas de Avellan, we descended to Cortijo del Fraile.
Here, we spotted two examples of a very large orchid, Barlia robertiana, which dwarfed a mirror orchid growing in front of them.
The dispute regarding the renovation of Ermita del Fraile continues and the old buildings have been fenced off.
Most of the agricultural land has been recently ploughed for fresh planting but crops of brocolli, lettuce, parsley and fennel are growing in abundance.