El Poblado Minero de San Diego

El Poblado Minero de San Diego

This village was constructed in 1929 to provide accommodation for the miners in the gold mines here. The company was called Minas de Rodalquilar S.A, and was financed with British capital.

Abandoned houses

The mines were closed and the village abandoned at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936. After the discovery of gold here in 1883 there began a gold rush in the Cabo de Gata. Most companies failed because of economic and technical problems but Minas de Rodalquilar was the first company to use modern methods of extraction and separation.

Study of ruin

Old window, old shelves

The old buildings are fascinating and offer numerous photographic opportunities with the play of light through the windows, doors and open roofs.

Debris of excavation

The countryside around is littered with the debris of excavation and in some parts you can smell the acrid aroma of sulphur.

Poblado Minero de San Diego

You will find this village close to the lane from Rodalquilar to Cortijo del Fraile.

2CV in Rodalquilar

For motor enthusiasts here is an old Citreon 2CV captured this morning motoring through the Valle de Rodalquilar. When this car was manufactured this road did not exist.


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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2 Responses to El Poblado Minero de San Diego

  1. Just found your photo blog site and I´m loving it. We have recently launched an on line travel product here in the UK (after living for 12 years in Andalucia but far away from you, we were in the mountains of Ronda,) We feature some accommodation in Cabo de Gata on our portfolio and as I´m sure you are aware it is a much lesser known part of S Spain but SO beautiful nonetheless. Would you be happy for me to direct people to your site so they can learn more about the cape?

    • Thanks for your comments and by all means direct people to the blog. My painting blog http://margaretmerrypaintings.wordpress.com also features some of my paintings of the area. The only problem maybe for you is that we shall shortly be publicising some village houses and apartments for holiday rental in Las Negras. This may conflict with you but there are always grounds for cooperation.

      Best wishes

      Digby and Margaret Merry

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