Day 18 – Lanjarón to Soportújar- 12km
We kind of expected Lanjarón to be bustling and busy when we set off at about 10am. It’s not. Almost everything is closed. We are almost out of town before we can grab some caffeine. The ascent out of the town, once off the road is stunning. A tight narrow path cuts across tracks and little roads heading straight up the mountain.
Pic 1 – the path out of Lanjarón.
After the big ascent, it just gets better with a series of huge ravines to cross, the path is narrow, precipitous and has big drops. It’s a welcome change from tracks. It’s much more alpine in terrain now although we are still always alone. It’s really quite extraordinary to meet no one walking. Of course, it’s good to be alone but the flipside is, without footfall, the trail can be somewhat overgrown at times. The ravine leading up to Canar is really quite something. We walk to within what feels like touching distance of the white houses and then turn sharply away and downward to the valley floor. The path back out is very gravelly and has huge drop offs to the right as it edges around rocky outcrops. The cobbled streets of Canar make for a big contrast when we arrive at the top of this beautiful village. A coffee beckons and it’s comes with a delightful tapas.