There are traces of mining history in Rodalquilar going back to 2500BC. In 1915 gold was discovered here and the Maria Josefa mine was opened but this closed at the outbreak of Civil War in 1936. Another mine, for the exrtraction of gold, silver and lead, Planta Denver, was opened in 1950 but geographic surveys regarding the viability of mining were optimistic and this mine was closed in 1966.
In the 1990s, after the area was declared a Parque Natural, efforts were made to conserve this region’s mining history and more recently the village of Rodalquilar has been transformed. Above the Botanical gardens is La Casa de los Volcanes, a fascinating museum of mining, and the Centro Geoturistico. Entrance is free.
Nearby are the ruins of Planta Denver which the public are free to explore.The earthy, ochre colours of the buildings merge with the similar colours of the surrounding landscape and from studying the rockfaces and the stones and rocks lying on the ground, it is evident that the area is rich in minerals.
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