10th to 15th November 2011.
A five day trip to Spain with Ryanair for £40 wasn`t to be sniffed at 🙂
It was too warm to bother with the hills on the first three days and my plans to hire a car and pay another visit to the spectacular Sierra de Torcal were snookered because all the local car hire shops were shut and I couldn`t be bothered going to the airport to get one so instead I just pottered around.Took a few pictures,well,over a hundred if the truth be told,of the sun rising each morning…
Monday was grey and overcast with heavy rain due in the afternoon so I hopped on the train to Malaga for a walk around.Started up the road to the hill on which the castle stands but noticed a small path going up through the trees.It soon became obvious by the graffiti that I was in the middle of a gay dogging site so it was with some relief ( no,not that kind you smutty lot 🙂 ) that I encountered the castle wall . The Scotsman in me couldn`t bring myself to fork out the admission fee and anyway,my pleasures tend to be of the free variety and I went off through the woods again to try and add something new to my European bird list .Nothing new to be seen however.The forecast thunderstorm was arriving bang on time so I hared down the hill back to Malaga where I thought I would gain refuge in the Cathedral there.No Christian spirit on display here as they wanted a load of Euro for entrance.My entreaty of “blessedo are los pobres” was met by a bemused stare 🙂 It was with great glee however that I came across a bar whose owner had stuck the finger up to the anti smoking laws.Had a couple of beers and a smoke until it died down and headed for the train back to Casa de la Bruja.
Tuesday was flight home day but by now I was in possession of a half price voucher for el cable caro up to the summit of Mount Calamorro.Alas,the first one didn`t depart until 11am…no wonder the country is going to the dogs Anyway at least I was to have a short walk along the ridge.I headed down the west ridge of Mount Calamorro and set off towards Cerro del Morro above Fuengirola which is just out of shot on the left in this pic
Looking back to Mount Calamorro….
It was a good well made path,a sort of balcony trail ….
It soon became obvious that I was never going to get there and back in time for the flight.Plan B of dropping down to Fuengirola and catching the train back was also looking a bit dodgy.The sunlit peak in the middle was my limit…
I turned my attention instead to a small outlier by the name of Pico Guerrero.I don`t reckon this gets many ascents because it was a bit of a thrash through jaggy scrub and head high vegetation.Things improved though as I gained height and it was a case of boulder hopping on the limestone up to the summit which was crowned by a tree.
I had time to spare now so sat around for an hour and watched a big black cloud of the economicus calamitus variety settle over Fuengirola…
I meandered back east along the ridge with some decent views to the north towards El Chorro area…..
….before tackling the slog back up Calamorro and down to catch the train back to Casa de la Bruja with just enough time to pack and get to the airport.