As we drive north across the flat expanse of the Antequera Depression, leaving behind us the mountain ranges so familiar for our walks, you might be wondering quite where we are going! Soon enough though a small mountain ridge appears in sight, and as we come closer, you’ll see why this rocky aberration makes for an interesting walk.
We’re heading for the Sierra del Camorro, a geological formation in which two plates of the earth's crust moved against each other. The exterior of this mountain range now shows numerous fractures,cracks and fissures, that gives this terrain its rugged appearance. These rocks with their fissures, eroded by rain and wind, produce a host of walkways and caves that are typical of a karst landscape.
Our walk starts with a brisk climb up through the pine forests until we reach the entrance stairs of the Belda caves. Exploring the caves are optional, and although we can continue with the walk, the short trip into the caves shouldn't be missed! The cave extends for over 200 metres, with high domes and huge columns, and with several lakes created by the constant flooding.
After leaving the caves a steep ascent takes us to our first summit, and after a short scramble over broken rocks, our last ascent brings us to the second summit, and highest point of the day. From our vantage point we have an all-round view; north to the Sierras Subbeticas, south back to the mountains of the Central Limestone Arch, and east to Lake Iznajar. A beautiful place to be!