After lunch we spent our afternoon exploring the gorgeous gardens and grounds of the Monasterio de Piedra. Simply stunning, even though we did have to share it with crowds of others – well worth it to see this lush and tropical place.
There is a marked trail that takes you all the way around – it took us about two hours of leisurely sauntering and we wound our way around waterfalls, past lakes and through some caves.
A bit like a Garden of Eden, I was not expecting anything like this here. Everywhere is lush and green, water all around and even a 197 foot waterfall. Apparently the original monks inhabited the site because they wanted a “foretaste of paradise.” I see what they meant.
We bought a pack of fish food for 1 Euro on the way in – highly recommended as feeding the enormous fish at different places was definitely one of Son’s highlights.
We picked the red marked pathway which meandered through the grounds. Views from all different levels, we explored tunnels and stairways from the 19th century.
Some steps led down to an iris grotto and we found this, and plenty of other quiet and secluded retreats despite those crowds. We explored a network of mossy caves, both natural and manmade and saw waterfalls and lagoons. The tallest waterfall is Horsetail – more than 50 metres high. We climbed to the top and watched it hurtle into the lakes below.
Walking along the valley floor was stunning too – just when you think you’ve seen it all there is another incredible view right around the corner.