Cortijo del Montana to El Abollán

Ruins of Cortijo del Montana

This morning we paid another visit to the ruins of Cortijo del Montana.

Traditional pig accommodation

We were previously puzzled as to what the little stone buildings with domed roofs were, but have since discovered they were typical pens for pigs.

Inside Cortijo del Montana

Also, we now know that the purple launa used to coat the walls of these old buildings was a form of damproofing and agave poles were usually used for ceiling beams.

Agriculture at Cortijo del Fraile

We then drove through the fertile valley of Cortijo del Fraile and onto the old 19th Century mine of El Abollán.

El Albollán

This is accessed by a rough and stony path from the track to Rodalquilar.

Rocky path

The path is strewn with rocks containing multi-coloured minerals. This photo was taken of a group in situ, not especially arranged.

Old mine shaft

Around the mine buildings are several old workings which have been fenced off with warning signs.

Barranco with pomegranates

We continued along the track until we reached a barranco with pomegranate trees and we picked some fruit to take home. We believe the track would eventually lead us to Rodalquilar but decided to retrace our steps back to the car as, by now,it was getting very hot.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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