While in the Andalucia region of Spain last month I visited El Torcal, not your typical destination in southern Spain but certainly one of the most awe-inspiring. When we arrived mid-morning it was deserted. We trekked around all day through and around the impressive rock formations and it felt as if we had the place to ourselves
El Torcal is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range, just a short drive from Málaga. The rock formations are formed naturally by the wind and from freeze-thaw splitting which causes a vast array of shapes in the limestone. This limestone was originally on the sea floor millions of years ago but was uplifted to a height of around 1300 metres. This has the effect of creating great towers of rocks stacked on top of each other like a giant game of Jenga. It also means that within many of the rocks are fossils of sea creatures such as Ammonites. There are also many caves which were inhabited by various people throughout the ages.
Hiking around the area on the guided footpath was fantastic; we were able to explore the amazing landscape without the worry of getting lost, as I am sure it is easy in the labyrinth-like landscape. It was perfect for photography and I really enjoyed taking photos of the amazing landscape in both colour and black and white. So here is a selection of my favourite photos from that hike, the full album is here on my flickr.