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Travel Blogs from Frigiliana
... Today I'm walking up El Fuerte from Frigiliana, for what must be about the 40th time. There's a temptation to save a bit of weight by leaving the camera behind, on the grounds that I probably won't use it - fortunately it's an urge that I manage to resist.
Other than the fact that I'm accompanied by Terry, who hasn't been up this mountain before, it's a fairly routine ascent until well beyond the half way point. It's a warmish day for January, with a ...
... In fact, in contrast to France, where the road tolls amounted to around 75 euros in total, I've paid just over 2 euros to cross Spain. The Spanish are completely inconsistent in the way they apply tolls on their motorways - sometimes you pay, and sometimes you don't. You can tell that this motorway is in Andalusia because the central reservation is covered in bright pink oleander bushes.
It's not long before I'm on familiar ...
... like "never again" and "twice in a lifetime experience" come to mind.
After what seems an age, we're past the bad step and back on the track near the helipad. It's gone 4.30pm and there's still 90 minutes or more to go. Including the reascent to Puerto Blanquillo - not a welcome thing for tired legs. But at least we can now put one foot in front of the other now, in something resembling a normal style of walking.
We're only about 20 minutes away from ...
... beach, it's been rudely curtailed.
As I descend, I can watch the fog moving nearer and higher. By the time I'm back in Frigiliana for a late lunch, the village isn't far above the clouds - but there's still a warm sun shining out of the bright blue sky above.
It's only at dusk that the fog finally reaches the level of the village - just in time to provide some very atmospheric evening photos!
... and ends in a series of waterfalls below Cisne.
It's been a very dry year so far and section of the river which passes Frigiliana has dried up completely. I've never seen it like this before. The water which is flowing freely higher up has been filtered away into man-made acequias (aqueducts) and there isn't any to spare for this section of the river.
I've previously done this walk without seeing anyone else, but there are a few ...