This morning we paid another visit to the ruins of Cortijo del Montana.
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.
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.
We then drove through the fertile valley of Cortijo del Fraile and onto the old 19th Century mine of El Abollán.
This is accessed by a rough and stony path from the track to Rodalquilar.
The path is strewn with rocks containing multi-coloured minerals. This photo was taken of a group in situ, not especially arranged.
Around the mine buildings are several old workings which have been fenced off with warning signs.
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.