spain 2003
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We walk the Barranco de la Cala

With Ralph recovering from his cold we had the energy for a gentle hike, so we chose the only walk with a description available at the Tourist Office in Moraira...Route 1.

The route begins in suburbia (you'll easily find it marked on the map of the town -- don't rely on the leaflet!) and begins as a clear path through a patch of orange trees that have survived creeping urbananisation. Soon though you enter the gully that gives the route its name, and vegetation edges closer. After an easy kilometre or so the path grows steadily rougher, until you are stepping from boulder to boulder along the bottom of the gorge. This is not a walk for those with weak ankles or flip-flops!

Although development hasn't reached the gorge itself, it is tumbling over its top edges, with the usual concrete and block apartments appearing on the skylines. Ho hum.

Eventually you arrive at the sea, in a cluster of fishers' huts of varying and eccentric sophistication and accompanying scattered garbage. We then climbed the steep slope to the north, following the path up to the cliff side. From here the path clings to the cliffs, sometimes without any apparent support, which is a little nerve-wracking. But lavender and fennel grows everywhere, and for a while it is easy to forget the holiday homes hidden far above you, until in the end you emerge in view of the next coastal excrescence and it is time to turn for home.

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The start of the trail is well signposted once you've found the right street. Then you head through orange groves.
At first the path is gentle and easy. Further along you se signs that the area isn't going to be quiet for much longer.
A first glimpse of the sea, but you'll spend most of your time watching your footing as you step from boulder to boulder.
When you reach the sea, you find several fishers' huts, some of them fronting caves.
Some of the huts are quite domestic. The limestone of the cliffs has been pockmarked by water dissolving its softer elements.
The path to the north creeps along halfway down the cliff face.
We turned round once we'd reached a cave which has obviously been inhabited quite recently.
More fantastic shapes created by water eroding the limestone of the cliff face. Then it is back to clambering up and down the boulders in the barranco.
  It was a fine , not too strenuous walk, though you need good shoes and strong ankles, and a head for heights once you reach the cliff face.