Motril Mines Reopened

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Louise Powell

The Mayor of Motril, Luisa García Chamorro, together with a gaggle of Town Hall officials, presided over the inauguration – or better said, second inauguration of the Centro Geominero del Cerro del Toro..

The Mayor explained to the gathered press that it had cost 47,000 euros to sort out the installations so that they could be safely visited by tourists. The lion’s share of that budget (70%) had come from the municipal coffers.

She went on to point out how the mines, together with the Charca de Suárez (waterfowl reserve) complimented the other tourist-orientated assets belonging to Motril.

The Councillor for Culture, Elena Vallejo, announced that the centre would remain open with free admittance from 10.00h to 14.00h on Saturdays and Sundays during the whole of July and August to help promote the installations.

Besides the mine shafts themselves, there are electronic display boards describing the mining history of the area, going back pre-Roman times.

But there is plenty more to see other than the installations themselves because the mines sit right in the middle of a 225-hectare park – one of the biggest on the Costa Tropical, with its four kilometres of paths and almost a hectare of parking. The park also has a few miradores (elevated viewing areas) as well as picnic areas.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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