Yesterday a howling gale raged over Southern Spain. We are relatively sheltered from the north west wind in Las Negras but the winds were still strong here and it was a relief to wake up to a calmer day and our customary blue skies. We decided to treck up the Barranco del Negro, walk across the ridge and descend to La Isleta down the Barranco del Poraise. We parked in the space off the road between the Mirador de la Ametista and the village of La Isleta by the track leading down to Cala de Las Roros.
Across the road the track up the barranco is clearly marked. It is a steep ascent but looking back there are good views down to the coast.
As we walked up we did not see much of interest to botanists but many hardy palmettos thrive here.
However, we did find these pretty little narcissi growing beside the path.
Below the path, Blanquita and Daisy found pools of fresh water.
The geology is always interesting in the Parque Natural. The quartz crystals were in a rock just by the path.
It is a long, steep climb to the top and just before the summit the path passes through a grove of pine trees.
After over an hour’s climb we eventually reached the top of the ridge about 350 metres above sea level.
The first building you will see here is this derelict old cortijo.
We can understand why this would have been abandoned but nearby are three unfinished villas.
Apparently, these were built illegally by a German and consequently the work was stopped and the houses left to rot.
Wonderful views but no services, completely exposed to the elements and so isolated that to reach the nearest village would take over 20 minutes in a 4×4.
From here a track follows along the ridge and then descends down to the coast. From the top there are great views towards Los Escullos.
As we descend La Isleta comes into view.
We left the main track to take the most direct route across country down to La Isleta.
When we arrived at the village we were hoping to take a short break and refresh ourselves with a drink and tapas but our favourite bar was closed and the two restaurants open were only serving lunches.
We had no choice but to head back to the car along the path by the beautiful beaches ….
…. and through this grove of palm trees. We had been going for almost 5 hours.