Autumn seems to have seamlessly turned to Spring in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata without any threat of winter. The almond blossom appeared early in January and the trees are now in full bloom. Wild flowers are also blooming, lending their vibrant colours to the mountainous terrain.
Yesterday we walked from Las Negras up the rambla Aires de Las Negras towards Las Hortichuelas. On this walk you soon leave all sight of civilization behind with just the mountain scenery and nature to enjoy.
On reaching the main road we crossed over to the tiny village of Las Hortichuelas Alta, passing by a field of poppies and Bermuda buttercups.
There are many almond trees in flower here which are attracting bees.
The village itself comprises mainly traditional little houses and there are some attractive corners.
We can remember how the fields around the village used to be cultivated and this time of year the locals would be growing habas (broad beans). Now that generation has ceased to work the land and the younger generation have moved on, abandoning the fertile fields here to poppies, marigolds and yellow marguerites.
Almond trees, palms, agaves, the colourful fields and the traditional white house provide attractive images.
To make a circular walk we left Las Hortichuelas Alta by the road, crossed over to Las Hortichuelas Baja and returned to Las Negras via anaither rambla.