Minas de Avéllan

View inland from Minas de Avéllan

We wanted to take all three dogs with us for a wak this morning so, being Sunday, we looked for somwhere quiet. We parked along the lane from Rodalquilar to Cortijo del Fraile at the entrance to a path that appeared to lead up the mountainside.

The path was steep and narrow

The path was steep and narrow and quite hard going.

The wider path below the ridge

We were relieved when it joined another, wider path which was cut into the hillside just below the ridge.

Spectacular views

From here we enjoyed spectacular views of the coastline.

Rubi appearing out of an adit

This area has a history of mining and there were a number of old adits, leading off the path, which the dogs liked exploring.

Minerals and view

When the path came to an abrupt halt we retraced it around to the other side of the mountain and came across extensive mine workings from the old 19th Century Minas de Avéllan.

Tunnel through the mountain

The ground was littered with mineral-rich rocks and there were even more adits and tunnels.

View towards Sierra de los Filabres

The views were again spectacular, looking inland this time towards the Sierra Alhamilla, Sierra de los Filabres and in the distance, the Sierra Nevada.

The path back

A path through the mine workings led us back to the Rodalquilar – Cortijo del Fraile lane along which we walked back to the car. On this walk, which took us 3 hours, we did not see another soul except on the last leg along the main lane.


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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