During the spring, when the wild flowers are out, they make wonderful nature walks; even now, in December, the mountain scenery and the colours of the landscape, enhanced by the clear winter light, are enough to delight. In the barranco, Aires de Las Negras, which runs below our house all the way up to Las Hortichuelas Altas, the leaves on the fig trees are changing colour, creating an autumnal mood. Photos taken on Friday.
On Friday, we walked up the Barranco de las Agüillas which leads inland from the edge of the village, starting at the junction with the cliff path to San Pedro.
Here again fig trees line the rambla.
This evergreen oak is all that is standing in the fields of this abandoned farm.
There are many ruins of old farmhouses along this walk. Sometimes only the arch, which would have been in the centre of the main living area, remains standing.
Yesterday we walked up the Barranco de Las Negras. This branches up to the left at the bottom of the Barranco de Las Agüillas.
This south-facing cortijo, overlooking the bottom of the barranco, has one of the best locations in Las Negras.
The Barranco de Las Negras is the only one with water permanently trickling down it.
Because of the plentiful water supply, the vegetation at the bottom is quite lush and much greener than the other barrancos.
Tall grasses, cane and almond trees were flourishing here.
We went as far as this spot where we were looking down on an old cortijo which could only be reached by this track. It did not appear to be occupied, but there were signs that it had been squatted in, probably by hippies in the summer.