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.
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.
The old buildings are fascinating and offer numerous photographic opportunities with the play of light through the windows, doors and open roofs.
The countryside around is littered with the debris of excavation and in some parts you can smell the acrid aroma of sulphur.
You will find this village close to the lane from Rodalquilar to Cortijo del Fraile.
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.