Walking in the Malaga province of Andalucia, Spain
If you love walking, then, walking in the Malaga province in the autonomous region of Andalucia, Spain, is for you. Spring and early summer bring forth an array of beautiful flora and fauna. One of the most striking displays comes from the humble Corn Poppy.
What is a Corn Poppy?
Corn poppy, (Papaver rhoeas), also called field poppy or Flanders poppy, annual (rarely biennial) plant of the poppy family (Papaveraceae), native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The plant has been introduced into Australia, New Zealand, and North America and is one of the most commonly cultivated garden poppies. The corn poppy is also the source of a red dye used to colour some wines and medicines.
The corn poppy is an erect herb, typically no taller than 70 cm (28 inches).
The solitary flowers emerge from drooping hairy buds and are borne on stems some 25–90 cm (10–35 inches) long. The flowers measure some 7–10 cm across and have four petals and numerous dark stamens. The petals are usually a brilliant red, sometimes with a black basal spot. The edible seeds are borne in egg-shaped capsules.
In Europe, the corn poppy was formerly a widespread weed in cultivated fields, with seeds lying dormant for years and sprouting when the soil was turned (see soil seed bank). During and after World War I, fields that had been disturbed by battle bloomed with corn poppies, and the flower has become a symbol of that war. The flowers are an important symbol for Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom. Thanks to Britannica.com
Walking Holidays in Malaga
Nerja has many great walks to keep anyone happy. However; walking in the countryside further deeper into the Malaga area of Andalucia has its own benefits. The picture above shows the Corn Poppies in the fields around the Pueblo Blanco or “white village” of Villanueva del Trabuco.
This, along with many other areas further inland is a walking paradise. Acres of unfenced land, rolling hills, dramatic mountains, olive groves as far as the eye can see and, some fantastic birdwatching sites.
Book your villa or apartment through Nerja Beach Holidays and get your hiking boots on. You can have the very best walking holidays in Malaga to enjoy.