This is one of the best walks for observing wild flowers in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata, but spring is not as advanced here at this altitude as it is in the valleys and ramblas.
Soon, the shrubs of cistus which grow in profusion along the path will be full of white and pink flowers. We saw only a few blooms, but wild thyme, rosemary and lavender are all in flower, making this walk a very fragrant one.
The pretty white flowers of arenaria can also be found up here. This plant likes altitude and shade.
The wild orchids, though, are the botanist’s delight and we found quite a few splendid examples of sawfly orchids.
However, these orchids are often difficult to spot and hard to photograph as they tend to hide amongst the grasses and are often in shade.
Lower down near the mine workings we found some tiny mirror orchids.
Also along the path, near the old mine workings, are some wonderful specimens of the largest of the orchids, Barlia robertiana. This is spectacular example.
The photographs show both its flowers and its habitat.