This morning, while waiting for the mist to clear before our morning swim, we visited the Botanical Gardens El Albardinal in Rodalquilar.
The gardens are open every day except Mondays from 1000-1400 and 1600-1800. Admission is free.
They are located along a pretty avenue next to the new church and below the ruins of the old the gold mine buildings.
When we first visited Rodalquilar there was just a dirt track through its valley and the town comprised mainly the old ruins of the miners’ houses. There was one street in which a few locals lived and one bar. Now it has been totally transformed and is quite chic. The offices of the Parque Natural are located here close to these beautiful gardens.
The gardens represent the natural flora and agriculture of the semi-arid zones of eastern Andalucia and are divided into sections, each representing a particular habitat and its plantlife. Also, there are examples of cultivated trees and flowers, endemic and threatened species and a garden devoted to useful or medicinal plants.
El Albardinal is superbly designed and laid out and it blends in seamlessly with the surrounding backdrop of ochre-coloured hills and mountains.
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