I started from my home in Las Negras and headed to Rodalquilar, where I went up through the village to the old gold mine processing plant, Planta Denver.
From here, I took the track inland towards Cortijo del Fraile. When the gold mines were operating and Rodalquilar was the hub, this was the main road into what is now the Parque Natural. The wide track was once well paved but is now covered with loose stones and today it is mainly used by hikers and bikers and there is hardly any motorised traffic.
I stopped to look at the Poblado Minero de San Diego. This little mining village, now in ruins, was set up by a British company early in the last century. The mines were closed at the outbreak of the Civil War but later reopened for a short time by Franco, when Spain was desperate for gold.
A little further on, the countryside open out and I could see in the distance the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada province. The track splits and I headed left for the Village of Los Albericoques.
There is not much of interest in Los Albericoques so I did not enter the village but turned down another, stony track towards Las Presillas.
Soon 1 arrived at Cortijo de las Presillas Altas.
Here the farmer was just setting off up the mountain with some of his goats.
More sheep and goats were left behind in the corral and ….
…. this rather mute dog was on guard at the front door.
I continued down to Las Presillas Bajas. The track deteriorated and it was difficult going avoiding rocks or trying to avoid skidding on sand but the scenery is spectacular.
I was relieved to arrive at Las Presillas Bajas where I could again ride over tarmac.
It was also my first glimpse of the sea since leaving Rodalquilar.
I headed down to the coast road and made my way back to Las Negras but I stopped en route at the old mining village at the outskirts of Rodalquilar.
The government wants an investor to take over all the ruins and create a new tourist village. Nobody is investing this sort of money here at the moment and I think it would be a better idea to sell individual plots with ruins in phases to private buyers.
The ride took me just under four hours which included all the stops to take these photos.