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The Gold Mines of Rodalquilar, Cabo de Gata

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Impressive Earthworks of the Rodalquilar Gold Mines

The gorge finally tipped me out onto a track leading to the Gold Mines of Rodalquilar. These are impressive open-cast mines, with earlier shafts and tunnels exposed by the latter workings. Mined for thousands of years for various ores, gold was discovered at Rodalquilar in the 1800’s, and mined commercially from the 1920’s until the 1960’s, except during the Spanish Civil War of the ’30’s. It’s now possible to walk freely among the workings, and there is a mountain bike route that circles the main workings.

A Rocky Descent of Cerro Cuchillo, Cabo de Gata

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The bike propped against a stone hunting shelter/bunker, an information board outlining some of the local flora, and a rocky path!

A rocky descent which is requiring a good degree of walking. There is an information board which is highlighting some of the flora to be found, this area seems lusher than other parts, probably as what little rain falls is funnelled downwards. The bike is propped against what appears to be a shelter/bunker for hunting purposes, boar perhaps.

Hunting Lodge on Cerro Rellana, Cabo de Gata

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Large lookout tower believed to be used for hunting purposes, sited on top of the Cerro Rellano, Cabo de Gata, Spain

This is a hunting lodge perched on top of a hill called Cerro Rellana. They seem to be big into hunting all over rural Spain, but then perhaps no more so than we are in the UK. This seems pretty elaborate though giving a commanding view over the surrounding hillsides. Not sure what they hunt around here, I don’t know… Read more »

Time to Conquer Cabo de Gata

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I’m off on a mountain bike trip around the Cabo de Gata, a Natural Park in Spain’s Almeria province. The park is unique within Europe, being comprised of an arid, volcanic landscape, sea-cliffs, volcanic sierra’s and a coastal plain of extensive dunes, stony plateau, small lagoons and salt-pans.

Decidedly Rough

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Sometimes things do get decidedly rough. Fortunately this didn’t block our path, but was a little comedic nonetheless. Once past this the track really did get beyond a bicycle, and ignoring the waymarkers along what appeared to be good track we came to a point where the cliff had fallen and it was necessary to indulge in some proper portage…. Read more »

A Perfect 10

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Pictured is the cove that we came down to once we reached the coast. We paused here, perched on a rock to eat the remainder of our picnic, watching the waves laping on the shore. Very pleasant indeed. On our return to the campsite we decided to stop in at the restaurant/bar for happy hour, and ended up staying for… Read more »