In the 1950’s Rodalquilar was a booming mining town and the only urbanisation of any consequence in what is now the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. After the closure of the mines, in the next decade, the town was abandoned and left to decay.
When we first passed through here over 25 years ago the road was an unmade track and there were just a few populated houses in a single street. Amongst the ruins there were people walking around in what looked like black, plastic bin liners. Closer inspection revealed that a scifi movie was being filmed there.
Since the creation of the Parque Natural, Rodalquilar has become the administrative centre and home of the Botanical Gardens and Gelogical Museum.
A new Rodalquilar has blossomed with attractive streets of pretty houses, tempting restaurants and chic boutiques, and attractive, small, up-market urbanisations, but alongside still stand the ruins of the mine workers’ houses.
We walked around the town this morning through the old ruins and along the new streets.