After talking to our daughter in law about her Grandfather having been a miner, we decided to drive up to the abandoned mine (Las Menas) on the northern slopes of the Filabres.
Climbing up from the Almanzora valley at Serón (A1178) on the road to Bacares and then on to Gergál, we however turned off left down towards Las Menas.
The speed limit for the AL5406 road which twists, loops and turns back down towards Serón is 30kph, not for the faint hearted and unsurprisingly we met no-one.
However the grassy slopes of valley near the abandoned mine was dotted with bramble and wild rose bushes with thistles and Eryngium campestre a haven for butterflies and bugs.
This bird is a Rock Bunting.
Here is a selection of the butterflies we managed to photograph.