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Travel Blogs from Puerto Del Carmen
... Green River) valley and back up again. The walk starts at around 1100m and descends to about 800m. Needless to say, the hardest part is slogging your way back up to the Carretera at the end! There are fine views across towards Navachica (the top still in cloud) during the early part of the walk and then a very steep descent, on a superbly constructed footpath into the Barranco de las Chortales. At the bottom of this, we arrive at ...
... vegetation. Even so, it's a bit of a relief when we are finally able to step onto the clear track which leads back towards Acebuchal.
It's getting much warmer and eventually sunny as we approach Acebuchal. The hamlet has only about 20 houses but it does have a bar, so the ice-cold beers are extremely welcome at the end of the walk. And to go with them, there's the bar's speciality - huge slices of delicious apple cake. A perfect end to an excellent walk.
... on an excellent series of maps which are displayed in the village's main square, the Plaza de Espana - and copies of the same maps are also attached to little noticeboards placed at strategic intervals along the route. This is probably a good thing as I've never been able to find a copy of these maps in any shop around here, so there's no chance of carrying one with you!
The start of the climb to Cerro de las Forosa is an incredibly steep stairway through some ...
... fortified by a Moorish castle and Alcazaba.
On the edge of the hill are the ruins of a Roman bathhouse.
To the south of the town is the El Torcal mountain range. Rising to over 1300m the top is strewn with amazing rock formations, the karst limestone weathered by wind and rain into strange otherworldly shapes.
After a picnic lunch at one of ...
... sparkling mineral water.
We followed for a while the waymarks of a ruta medieval along which the villages once conducted their trade with the ports on the coast; it led us past ruins of long disused medieval mills, and across a still functioning Roman-era bridge that spanned a gorgeous rocky stream.
On the higher rocky slopes where gentle breezes took the edge off 30C+ temperatures it was like walking in a vast natural herb garden: ...