Friday, 13 August 2010

Off to the lakes

A cooler day today, at about 32°C and a pleasant breeze. So a trip out to the area referred to as the "Malaga Lake District", about an hours drive southeast of Olvera.

Leaving the main A-357 Campillos-Malaga road, we turned onto the MA-452. After driving for about fifteen minutes we came to a viewpoint where all three reservoirs, the Embalse de Gaitanejo, Embalse del Conde Guadalhorce and the Embalse del Guadalteba-Guadalhorce can be seen.

The information boards detail much about the geology and history of the area, highlighting particular places of interest within the spectacular view.

Leaving the viewpoint, we drove on for twenty minutes or so, stopping at the Bar Restaurante El Kiosco for a refreshing soft drink.
Opposite the bar is a pleasant beach area at the lake edge. Drat, we'd left our cossies at home !!.
Turning off onto the MA-448, we headed for the reservoir of El Chorro, famous for its gorge and walkway around the face of a sheer cliff.

Leaving El Chorro, we headed to the town of Alora but unfortunately with no pre-planning we took a few wrong turns and frustratingly couldn't find anywhere to park. We'll try again another day.
So, heading out of town we stopped off at the Restaurante Fuente de la Higuera, named after the fresh water spring nearby.

The terrace offered great views over the Malaga landscape.

Energy restored after a delicious meal of Carrillada for me (stewed pork) and Boquerones (fried filleted fish) for Anne, we headed back on the road from Alora to Carratraca.
As always, the views were stunning although the road was in particularly bad condition with lots of potholes and subsidence in many places. Driving with care definitely recommended.
We joined the A-357 at Carratraca and headed back to Campillos and home to Olvera.

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