Rodalquilar is located in the heart of the Natural Park, in the center of a valley bearing the same name, surrounded by hills that in spring are dyed green and in summer, much drier, make the village as an oasis with trees, plants and flowers.
Rodalquilar is ideal to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of its streets, where the old buildings and the newer, modern architecture, merge into a single architectural style ground floors and white walls. Rodalquilar was an old mining town, in ancient was mined alum of the mountains, and in the nineteenth and twentieth exploitation focused on its gold mines. The mines, today, are not exploited because of the high cost of obtaining the mineral . At the entrance of the village still retains the old houses of the miners, now abandoned, on which there is a future restoration project.
Botanical Garden El Albardinal in Rodalquilar is a must visit for a true feel of be in an oasis, with 9 hectares it's home to numerous plant ecosystems, both native species like cacti, palm trees and tropical plants. You can also visit the museum of mining and the old mines.
Near the village, a mile or so, there is the beach of El Playazo, a luxury for bathers. Road to the beach we can see the tower of Las Alumbres, a former defensive tower built in the sixteenth century, is the oldest building in the nature reserve, and that served to protect the people of attacks by pirates. During the Middle Ages in the village of Rodalquilar mines were exploited to get Alum, a mineral that was used to fix the colors in fabrics that had a high economic value in antiquity. The Barbary pirates took advantage of mineral transport to the beach to steal it, that is why the tower was built on the road from the beach, to store and protect the mineral in its transport.
About 5 miles of Rodalquilar is the Cortijo del Fraile (Farmhouse of Friar), although their status is abandoned, is the best representation of large farmhouse or manor farmhouse in this area. This location also receives many visits from people who are drawn to the aura of mystery about this place, because of the tragic events immortalized by Federico Garcia Lorca in his work Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding).
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