The ruins are enclosed by a security fence, so inside the vegetation is lush and it had an almost tropical feel to it today, green and thick, it gave us a sense of what the Iberian forests may have been like before the hand of man started modifying the landscape thousands of years ago.
As usual, the visitors were very impressed by the scale of the ruins of the town and sanctuary of Flavio Muniguense . The site contains thermal baths, a forum, ruins of an iron foundry, a residential area and the impressive and towering temple. The friendly caretaker took us into the forest to the east of the ruins to show us a mausoleum. He told us and showed us the tell-tale digging signs of grave robbers and intruders, who have recently been entering the site at night in search of Roman coins or other valuables.
After our visit, the only adventure left was to cross the creek again, that meant we had to take our shoes off and get our feet wet and cold again! But it was invigorating and as we walked back to the starting point and the car at Las Arenillas, we were convinced that the wildflowers had been springing to life in the short time since we had passed on our way to the two-thousand year old archeological site.