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Zoë Ouwehand-Reid A great walk - Bolonia

By Zoë Ouwehand-Reid

Take a rucksack, picnic, bottle of water, bottle of suncream, sunhat, plasters, binoculars and camera.

Take the N.340 direction Cadiz, and turn off to Bolonia. Once there, do not turn off left to the ruins, but drive straight on. The road bends to the right, then it splits. Take the right hand fork – a smaller but well asphalted uphill road, lovely rock formations on your left. Pass the ecological restaurant on your right (note this, in case you choose to have lunch or a drink here later).

We suggest you park your car at a junction of the asphalted road - which then turns fairly sharply left uphill - and a gravel road which continues on down (ending by a few houses nestling under a sheer rock face of great interest to bird watchers as it is a much favoured nesting place for vultures).

If you have a four wheel drive and less energetic (or elderly) passengers you CAN drive right up to the top to the TV masts – the road is steep and loosely asphalted.

We suggest you do this two hour walk earlyish in the morning (10.00 a.m.) or in the evening, timing it to watch the sunset on your way back down. Walk uphill to the top, the views between the pine –and then cork – trees to your right getting ever more impressive, with Tarifa lying far below you in the bay, Morocco as a mountainous backdrop.

We found our dream-of-a-picnic spot, c.q. ‘viewing platform’ half way up on the right and ‘hid’ our picnic (not a soul in sight) hanging a bag in the trees, to save carrying it any further, and proceeded with only our water and suncream (do not under-estimate the power of the sun at this height).

At the top (by the TV masts) there is a bit of ‘tat’ (empty cola tins, plastic bags etc. – nature lovers shiver at the insensitivity of those who leave such rubbish), but also pleasant views across the rolling plains to the sea, Vejer perched on the hilltop and Medina Sidonia in the distance round to your right.

pleasant views across the rolling plains to the sea, Vejer perched on the hilltop and Medina Sidonia in the distance round to your right.

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Real walkers can (we are told !) go on, now following a rugged path around the mountain back to the Bolonia road. This must be lovely – but you would need to have organized a second car parked at the bottom.

Another alternative, instead of your picnic, is to time your walk to bring you back to your car around 13.30, drive the one km. back along the road to the sign on your left to La Semilla – an ecological project with a vegetarian restaurant using only their home-grown produce(always assuming it is still operative). This is an ‘alternative’ suggestion, in both senses of the word! Park your car (the cows will watch over your vehicle) and wander down – friendly, bohemian reception, but at the time of writing very ‘unfinished’.

Yet another alternative is to go down to Bolonia, turn right as if for the Ruins, but after a few meters turn left and drive along this road as far as you can, parking by the last chiringuito (La Cabaña) right onto a huge expanse of empty beach. Gorgeous.

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About Zoë and her guesthouse

Hotel Guesthouse Dar Cilla  Tarifa SpainZoë is the owner of Guesthouse Dar Cilla which is unique of its sort in Tarifa. It is located on the outskirts of the old town within the old 12th century walls. 'Dar' is an Arabic word for a town house in which a series of suites are grouped around a central courtyard. Each suite is fully independent, but there is a pleasant air of 'sociability' and you will meet Zoë and fellow guests on the roof terrace over a glass of wine.

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