Torre de los Alumbres

Torre de Los Alumbres this morning

The Torre de los Alumbres in the Valle de Rodalquilar along the track to El Playazo was built in 1510 to protect Rodalquilar from Berber pirates who frequently made incursions along this coast to acquire water, minerals and people to sell as slaves. In 1520 it failed to repel a pirate attack and many of the inhabitants of Rodalquilar were captured and enslaved.

Bateria de San Ramon

It was abandoned in 1590 and replaced by the Bateria de San Ramon on the beach – a much more substantial and heavily armed fortification.


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 Torre de los Alumbres

  1. dont suppose you know anything about who owns the bateria san ramon–its one of my very favourite places.

    • Hello Bobby,

      We do not know who owns the Bateria de San Ramon but we are pretty certain it is privately owned. When you approach it from the cliff path from Cala del Cuervo the land by it is fenced off and there is a sign “finca privada”. There always seem to be people there so we think it is lived in. We will have a closer look next time we pass, they may well be German.

      Best wishes

      Margaret and Digby

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