The area we visit surrounds Pico del Aljibe (1091), the highest point of the Sierra del Aljibe located at the northern end of the Alcornocales Natural Park and on the boundary between the provinces of Malaga and Cadíz.
|Willow trees grow along the sides of the stream|
The woodland contains an interesting mix of trees, cork oaks, holm oaks, ash and by the stream, willow from which the location takes it name.
There are lovely spring flowers, we found some unusual ones, Sawfly orchids and several Fritillaries.
|Sawfly Orchid - one of the earliest to flower|
|Male Blackcap in full song|
There were woodland birds singing and as the holm oaks were still leafless, we were able to see them. Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Blue Tits and Chaffinches were particularly noticeable.
|There are some massive specimens of Cork Oaks, this one has a colony of ferns growing along a branch|
There are lovely trails through the woodland and we chose a lovely spot amongst the trees to eat our picnic lunch. After lunch some folk decided to make their way back, others felt more energetic and carried on walking. A few of us went off to find the lagoon that was signposted but not too clearly. It took quite a while to find, probably because we went wrong a few times, but we had some spectacular views along the way.
|The views across to the Ronda mountains are spectacular|
We eventually found the lagoon, which was well worth the effort of tramping across muddy fields to see.
|Laguna de Moral|
We realised, of course, that there was a much easier way to get there - from the surfaced track we took back down to the car park, but our way was much more interesting...