30 April 2018

Mallorca April 2018 - GR221 variants and other walks

A week of perfect weather,walking sections of the GR221 and it's variants in the Tramuntana Mountains and other paths off route,staying at Son Amer (Lluc) and Tossals Verds Refugis ,then two nights each in hostals/hotels in Alaro,Esporles and Port d'Andrax.
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View west from Col des Prat

Tossals Verds Refigi

View north from Castell d'Alaro

Pas de s'Estalo above Orient

Plate at Esporles market

S'Esclop

View west towards Col de Gramola

Late afternoon view towards S'Esclop from Port d' Andtrax

Bringing the fish in

21 March 2018

L'Axarquia March 2018

An early March trip to L'Axarquia mountains which stretch inland from the Costas del Sol and Tropical east of Malaga ,staying in the white villages of Salares,Competa and Frigiliana, and then Maro above the coast just east of Nerja,doing various day walks from these bases and the GR 242/249 when moving between accommodations.

Here's a link to the photo album
 https://photos.app.goo.gl/jDchMcXHRd9vb6Y73

Salares
Looking stormy over the ranges from Sedella

L'Axarquia panorama

Delivery by mule in Frigiliana
View from El Feurte
Coastline at Almunecar
Clearing skies east of Frigiliana

6 February 2018

February snow

I'd planned to go over to the allotment today for some clearing up and to continue to remodel the beds.However I woke up to find that a decent amount of snow had settled.Quite reassuring for this time of year given that it's the north of England.


The cold snap has been a bit of boon for bird life in the garden for as well as the usual fare , including more starlings than for many years, a Nuthatch visited yesterday, and this morning I've already sighted a Siskin and a magnificent Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Unfortunately no photos yet.

2 February 2018

Gran Canaria January 2018

Another short trip to Gran Canaria ,this time with 4 nights in the south west staying at Puerto de Mogan and then 4 nights in Las Palmas.

Here's a link to the photo album https://photos.app.goo.gl/tYpATWIBEE3RtswZ2

Puerto de Mogan
Warm weather days in the south where I did a couple of walks from the Degollada de la Aldea/Mirador de Tarsatico  and another from Fataga.

Near the start of the Degollada de la Aldea to Mogan walk

On the Fataga to Santa Lucia walk - above the dried out bed of Presa de Sorrueda

View south from Viso above the Aldea valley

 The settled spell of fine weather deteriorated to cold and wet on the move to the north of the island but I still got some good walks in including the final one above Telde ,from Valsequillo up into Barranco de los Cernicalos and on up to the Caldera de los Marteles and down to Tenteniguada with sleet and hail during the 1400-1500 metre top section.

A lush Barranco de Mina

Santa Brigida

Arucas

Huerta Urbano project Playa de las  Canteras





Barranco de los Cernicalos
On the way down during a break in the sleet and hail