The path along which we walked
This morning we walked along the path that hugs the mountainside above Cortijo del Fraile. This is one of the best walks in the Parque Natural for observing wild flowers and although the best time is a few weeks away there was plenty to observe today.
The platycapnos, a colourful and interesting little plant,is not often seen yet grows in abundance along this path.
Hidden in the foliage were also some good specimens of sawfly orchid.
The little catchfly, a pretty plant, was in flower.
The tiny white flowers of arenaria are often unnoticed by passers by. This is the best location in the Parque Natural to see them.
Looking inland to Cortijo Montana
The views inland are spectacular. Here we are looking towards the ruins of Cortijo Montana.
Looking towards the coast
At the end of the path there are spectacular views looking towards the sea. The landscape is so typical of Almeria. From here you can drop down another path to the valley but we had to retrace our steps back.
This walk is lined with bushes of gum cistus. the leaves are glossy and aromatic and the flowers are large and striking.
Also, there are bushes of the more common pink cistus.
Another plant which grows in abundance in the Cabo de Gata is asphodel.
A clump of French lavender
We also saw plenty of French lavender, strongly aromatic and a gorgeous shade of deep purple.