LAS NEGRAS AND VOLCANOES’ ITINERARY (Las Negras – La Polacra)1   Rumour has it, one day there was a big tempest in the middle of the sea just when all the men from Las Negras were fishing; after the wreck nobody survived and all there was in the village were their widows. According to the story, people who visited Las Negras could only find women dressed in black (negro in Spanish), that’s why it is named Las Negras.

LAS NEGRAS AND VOLCANOES’ ITINERARY (Las Negras – La Polacra)2It is one of the privilege sites of the Nature Park and its protected against the strong winds of the West. We part to La Isleta and we visit El cuervo’s and Las Palomas’ caves, where we can see how the palid swifts fly around their nests built inside the cave. On top of it, there is La Molata’s path, one of the most beautiful of the Park. In these cliffs, you can actually track the rock collapse, a scene that takes part on every geological movie. Then we see the San Ramon’s castle, from the XVIII century, built, like most of the coastal watchtowers, to protect the coast from the pirates that controlled the waters.
LAS NEGRAS AND VOLCANOES’ ITINERARY (Las Negras – La Polacra)3Then we arrive to El Playazo, where the Rodalquilar valley rest. The valley is an ancient volcanic caldera and from its mountain range was extracted the gold that made this place shine and that placed it on the map as an important strategic location at the time.
Gold ran out and it was history and chance what transformed the desert and clean nature of the range touching the clear waters into gold itself, one that didn’t need explosions for its extraction.
After El Playazo, the landscape changes again and the dark textured rock appears, sometimes crystal and weird shaped or even white. And we found ourselves again under the shadow of more than 200 metres of steep cliffs on which we are able to see deep crevices where the hydrothermal waters ran through and gargoyles shaped by the wind. At the end of the trip, we see La Polacra, eroded by the sea into an anvil shape.LAS NEGRAS AND VOLCANOES’ ITINERARY (Las Negras – La Polacra)4

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