After our 8 course San Valentin dinner on Saturday evening, a long walk was called for on Sunday morning and so we headed up the Rambla Aires de Las Negras which passes below our house. The blossom on the almond trees and the wild flowers in bloom make this a particularly attractive walk this time of year.
Instead of following the main path up to Las Hortichuelas, we forked right and followed a barranco which seemed to head up to the top of the mountain ridge and the estepa above. It was quite hard-going as the barranco is little more than a gully and quite steep in places. There are damp places where the vegetation is very dense and in the rocky hollows there are pools of water where the dogs were able to take a drink.
Malva maritima is now in flower and bushes of it abound up here. The flowers are normally lilac, but this particular example was a very pretty, dark pink.
We got as far as this spot and decided to turn back as we were afraid that the way would become more difficult and we did not want to get stuck. Digby will explore further on his own one day.
After descending we crossed over a hillock to the main path and enjoyed the wonderful views looking back towards Las Negras and the sea.
We rejoined the main path and headed up towards Las Hortichuelas Altas. This view is looking down on Las Hortichuelas Bajas.
We stopped and Las Hortichuelas Altas to take some refreshment in the village bar before returning back to Las Negras.
Yesterday afternoon we walked along the coast from Las Negras to the next cove, Cala del Cuervo, and then up the Rambla del Cuervo which is a gentle circular walk of about 6km.
We were delighted to see the first Barbary nuts, blue mini-irises in flower.
Along the rambla are clumps of attractive Silene.
Las Friday we tried another branch off the Rambla Aires de Las Negras and enjoyed some great views.
We were hoping to find a circular route over to the Rambla de Las Negras and back down but we found ourselves at a dead end.
The weather has not been perfect every day. We had some rain and wild weather during the middle of last week and it is raining again today. The photo above was taken at El Playazo last Tuesday. When the sun came out the colours of the sea were beautiful