Walk - Hidden Garden of Casita
Quemada – Large rough parking area in the village centre.
miles (2.2 miles each way)
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is not one you are likely to find in the main stream walking books. I
have called it the Hidden Garden of Casita simply because it sits at the
foot of the Barranco of that name. You are unlikely to resist a “Wow”
when you see it!
is an easy, short walk from Playa Quemada and is a linear “there and
back” walk. If you wanted a longer day, you could combine it with my other
walk from Playa Quemada to Puerto del
walk gives good views of the mountains inland from Puerto del Carmen before
passing Playa del Pozo and arriving at this remarkable hidden garden at the
foot of the Barranco de la Casitas, virtually on the beach. Quite why this
garden is there or who created it seems something of a mystery but clearly
it is well tended, so its origins must be known by someone. It is remarkable
“oasis” of garden and art in a pretty barren landscape. Alongside the
planting is something of a grotto under the overhang of the cliff, where
people leave “stuff” ranging from toys to ornaments and there were a
couple of visitors books.
seems to be common practice to write names/messages on pebbles and indeed a
felt tip pen was provided, if somewhat worn flat, so if you want to do this
I suggest you take your own.
is a testament to all visitors that the garden and grotto are respected, so
please continue the tradition.
beach at the Barranco de la Casita is a quiet spot and you are not likely to
see many (any) people. Unusually, there is some shade to be had, from the
barely need a route description – just follow the coast – but there
several paths and I have described the most straightforward which minimises
the ups and downs.
walk starts from Playa Quemada although there is a trail down the Barranco
de la Casita via Femes if you wanted a more substantial walk.
you walk along the cliffs, out to sea is the clearly visible fish farm
which, produces some 2000 tonnes of seabass (dorada) and seabream (lubina)
To get to Playa Quemada,
turn south off the LZ 2 (signposted). The walk starts from the large earth
parking area on the right just as you turn into the village (where the
the parking, facing the sea, turn right along the tarmac road. When it bends
right, stay parallel with the coast until you can branch off right up a
rough path, to what is almost a separate part of the village. At another
tarmac road (Calle Playa de la Arena), turn left along it.
its end, turn left by a notice board to climb the dusty path.
at a sign proclaiming the Monumento Natural Los Ajaches. Follow the path to
the right of this.
path descends gently to the head of a little valley. Follow it up the other
side. It soon forks. Take the right fork which avoids a steeper descent to
the beach. (Playa de la Arena) and subsequent climb up.
and ignore a path on the left which is the climb from the beach.
a trail coming in from the right marked by a flat steel post.
reach the wide Barranco de la Higuera, which has a broad track running along
the bottom. At the other side of the barranco, you should see a broad
climbing path, to the right of a derelict building, which is your onward
route. However you might like to venture left along the valley bottom track
first, to see the Playa del Pozo (Well’s Beach), a black beach where there
is another ruined building, a shelter with seat (though without any roof
when I visited) and an old well.
to the junction and climb the broad path to the right of the derelict
building. Just beyond the building is a junction marked with a fingerpost
turn left here. It is worth mentioning that the direction of some of the
fingers looked questionable!
arrive at another fingerpost and again keep left.
next barranco is your target, the Barranco de la Casita. The path zig-zags
down the side. I recommend you follow the zig-zags rather than trying a more
direct approach. The path turns inland for a hundred yards or so before
arriving at the valley bottom. Turn left along the track at the bottom to
the beach and the garden.
return to Playa Quemada is a case of retracing your steps.
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