Walking along the cliff path, we saw below us a Guardia Civil patrol boat approaching a small craft. We were not sure whether they were checking fishing licences or looking for drugs, but the officers on deck spent some time talking to the men in the little boat until, eventually, they steamed away leaving the mariners in peace.
While we were watching this little drama, several groups of hikers passed us intent on walking the coastal path all the way to Agua Amarga.
This makes a wonderful day’s walk, but you need transport waiting at the other end to return you to Las Negras.
Along the cliffs the first Malva maritima were flowering.
Descending into Cala San Pedro the bright yellow pyramid flowers of a common Canary Island succulent are striking against the deep blue sky.
We walked down to the beach which was very quiet ….
…. although there were a few hippies about and their makeshift shacks looked occupied.
We had a picnic on the beach and as soon as food appeared, the local sparrows gathered.
After lunch, we walked from the beach into the little valley.
Looking into the light, the castle and palm trees stand out in silhouette against the sea and sky. The castle tower is in bad need of repair and in a dangerous condition but, although the local government has instructed the owners to restore it, we doubt if the owners can afford to.
In the valley, some of the hippy huts look extremely quaint with well-tended little gardens and vegetable patches.
It seems that there are some here that genuinely care about the environment and are looking for an alternative lifestyle, while others just want to experiment with drugs and care little for their surroundings.