Rodalquilar – Old and New

The new church from the old mining town

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.

The old town in ruins

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.

The botanical gardens

Since the creation of the Parque Natural, Rodalquilar has become the administrative centre and home of the Botanical Gardens and Gelogical Museum.

Street in Rodalquilar

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.

Cat and cactus

We walked around the town this morning through the old ruins and along the new streets.

Rodalquilar

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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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