Introduction in English:
Cave houses at Cuevas del Rodeo are among big attractions of Rojales. These cave houses have been carved into the side of a sandstone mountain during the 19th century. The cave dwellings are now mostly used by craftsmen and artists.
Unfortunately most artists have moved as they don't get grants anymore, as they used to before the financial crisis. Probably these grants now find their way into somebody else's pockets. Only a few caves have active craftsmen and artists left, when we were there we found only two, a local gipsy woman and the Swedish painter Ylwalìe Laurèn, who made extraordinary liveful paintings from old gipsy life and the Spanish landscape, with a taste of flamenco. Her work is really recommendable, and she held a huge knowledge about the history of the place as well. If you plan to visit the Caves of Rojales I recommend to call her in advance to make sure she's there!
While the famous caves of Sacromonte are excavated into limestone rock, the mountain of Rojales consists of sandstone, which makes them more exposed to rainfall and moisture. Because of this they need to be treated with lime mortar regularly, something that was paid for by the governments before, but these money disappeared into increased corruption as well after the 2008 crisis, making the situation even worse for the bohemian residents that used to live there.
The caves were made by excess gipsy workers of Catalonia from industrialization, moving southward. They worked in coalmines, so they knew how to dig. The tradition for living in caves was started by the Moors though.
Består grunnen av løs sandstein kan man grave husene direkte ut av bakken, som ved Grottene i Rojales, Spania
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