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article imageA stroll in the Spanish countryside - beware of the caterpillars Special

By Anne Sewell     Feb 7, 2012 in Travel
When visiting the Costa del Sol, most people head for the beach, or to the quaint and famous White Villages of Andalucia.
While both are obviously worthwhile visits, its worth taking a trip inland for a stroll in the countryside, with its mountains, forests and rolling farmlands.
Vistas of thousands of orange, lemon and avocado trees, dripping with fruit, and the blossoming almond trees are well worth the slightly chillier weather at this time of year, or even in the more extreme heat of summer.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain - fresh oranges
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain - fresh oranges
Olive trees dot the landscape in profusion, and you will come across the occasional friendly horse or flock of sheep or goats. The sound of gunshots also occasionally rings out in the area, as hunters shoot a rabbit for dinner, which can be a little disconcerting!
Herd of sheep on the Spanish hillside
Herd of sheep on the Spanish hillside
A friendly shepherd and his horse
A friendly shepherd and his horse
If walking your dogs, however, please beware of the alien pine trees in the area, with their nasty nests of processionary caterpillars.
Processionary caterpillar nest in alien pine tree.
Processionary caterpillar nest in alien pine tree.
Quote from: Wildside Holidays
“The caterpillars are covered in tiny barbed hairs which are their defence mechanism. These hairs are often being shed and so can be airborne around infested pine trees, on the branches where they have travelled and also left in the line of the migrating procession.
When humans and our pets come into contact with these hairs, they can cause reactions ranging from mild inflammation and irritation to severe anaphylactic shock. The worst problems occur if you make contact with the caterpillar directly and ingest the hairs, either by picking it up, stepping on it or moving them in some manner. Once on your skin a rash soon forms which can be incredibly itchy. Medical advice should be sought if you are unfortunate enough to experience this. The rash can be painful, very itchy and lasts for as much as three weeks.”
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia  Southern Spain.
Views of the countryside near Coin in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
So take care on your gentle country stroll, take a camera for those gorgeous views and plenty of water, and enjoy!
For more views of this lovely piece of the world, see the following video:
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