Mesa de Roldan Watchtower
The current tower is built on the room of the Mesa de Roldán, which was already known in 1497; being considered the most dangerous of the Sierra de Cabo de Gata, so that their guards charged more than those of other rooms in the area. This stay would be witness of numerous corridors of Berber pirates, arriving after the "Rising of the Moors" to be empty because of its danger.To get there, we must drive along the AL-5016 road from Carboneras to Agua Amarga and take a detour next to the parking lot of the beach of the dead.
In 1764, reigning Carlos III, its use was recovered by providing the Roldan table with a cape and three towers, which received ammunition from the Castle of San Andrés de la Carbonera. In December 1768 a strong storm hit the Roldán Mesa, lightning struck the tower affecting two sheds that had terraced houses, but it remained almost intact. In the second half of the nineteenth century, it would be transferred, like the others, to the Carabineros corps as a watchtower for police surveillance, but there is no evidence that they would use it for this purpose. In 1863 the lighthouse that had been built in its vicinity was inaugurated.
By 1941 it was ceded to the Civil Guard, like the rest of the Carabineros' possessions, being included in 1949 in the Decree law of protection of Castles that the State promulgated. Since 1978, during the construction of the successive industrial ports of Carboneras, a quarry was opened on the top of Mesa Roldán. Like other towers in this area, it is in an incredible state of abandonment. The Mesa Roldán tower is falling stone by stone at the indifference of all Administrations.
ALL ABOUT CABO DE GATA
1.- Monsul Beach 2.- Genoveses Beach 3.- El Playazo 4.- El Arco Beach 5.- San José Beach 6.- Agua Amarga Beach 7.-Peñon Blanco Beach 8.- Los Muertos Beach 9.- El Barronal Cove 10.- El Plomo Cove 11.- San Pedro Cove 12.- Los Amarillos Cove 13.- Lance Cove 14.- En medio Cove 15.- Arena Cove 16.- Los Toros Cove 17.- Las Negras Beach 18.- La Media Luna Cove 19.- San Miguel Beach 20.- Rajá Cove 21. La Fabriquilla Beach 22.- Embarcadero de los Escullos Beach 23.-Carnaje Cove 24.- Carboneras Beach 25.- Carbón Cove 26.- Higuera Cove 27.- Grande Cove 28.- Cuervo Cove 29.- Chica Cove 30.- Príncipe Cove 31.- Bergantín Cove - 32.- Las Amoladeras Beach - 33.- La Almadraba Beach 34.-Ancon de Cabo de Gata Beach 35.- El Algarrobico Beach 36.- Torre Garcia Beach
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