Saturday, 15 August 2009

Civil War Defences in Parque Natural Sierra de Huétor, Granada Province.

A morning in the hills North of Granada City.

Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).
Our son Alan is visiting at the moment, so we decided that it would be good to do a short walk to the Civil War trenches. The trail passes through some beautiful countryside with some stunning views. The trenches have been restored / rebuilt and make for an interesting visit once you have been to the very well located and run visitor's center.
The walk is a gentle upward amble through pine woodlands to the summit of the hill. On the way several Cardinal Fritillaries (Argynnis pandora), Striped Graylings (Pseudotergumia fidia), Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus), Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora) and Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli) were seen along with several other species.
The restored trenches.
The centre can be found by taking the signed road / track from the highest point in the delightful village of Viznar just off the A92 to the east of Granada heading for Almeria. 
Both Blue Emperor (Anax imperator) and Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum tarraconesis) were seen at the summit around the defenses.
Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus).
Birds were few and far between but European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) were passing over heading back south in good numbers. Later we called at a cracking little place on the way back down to Viznar were we had lunch, the Chorizo's were something special.

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