Friday, January 6, 2012
A roam with a view
In the late 19th century the phylloxera epidemic destroyed most of the vineyards for wine grapes in Europe, including this part of Spain. While many wine growing regions recovered, it seems that in these hills the growers left and never returned. They left behind the stone remains of walls, terraces, waterways, storage buildings and dwellings, which provide an erie setting for our walk. We were particularly fascinated by numerous intact stone shelters called 'baraccas.'
Our track ended high on a bluff that gave uninterrupted views up and down the coast. Here we found signs of more recent human activity in the form of a little network of observation posts dating from World War II. Although Spain was neutral during that war, Franco apparently feared invasion by the Allies, and built thousands of bunkers, observation posts and shelters along the coast.