After a late night out we needed a long walk this morning, so we parked by the new riding stables at Rodalquilar and walked the length of El Valle and down to Cala de los Monteses. All week, the sun has been shining and the valley was ablaze with the colours of the wild flowers.
The vibrant red poppies, yellow bermuda buttercups and violet brassicas create a mix of colours in the fields.
This grove of old olives looked dramatic into the light with the foreground of red poppies and white flowers.
Amongst the red poppies we noticed a few of these attractive violet horned poppies.
Old stone walls along the path indicate the valley was once cultivated fields.
On the way to Cala de Monteses we passed the highest peak in the valley, Cerro de los Guardias.
At the end of the valley we turned left and took a more difficult track towards the sea,
Finally we looked down at the stony beach but to descend to it we would have to use the rope wrapped around a prominent rock. Something we did not feel inclined to do and our dogs could not manage.
We walked back up to the main path. Although the track down to the cove is tricky, the main path is easy going and once again we were surrounded by the colours of spring in Almeria.