Embarcadero Del Hornillo
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Jun 2019
We came here both to view the pier and spend some time on a quiet sandy beach. There is free parking at the beach end in a small car park. We visited midweek, in the early afternoon and got a space. The beach is nice and it wasn't crowded. The sea was warm and clear. I even had a swim! The pier is clearly visible from the beach and you get a feel for how things might have been years ago. We drove to the other end of the railway and parked, by a play area, to walk to the tunnel. Check opening times before going if you want to access the tunnel as it is locked outside these periods. It is free to enter and it is staffed with an official who can explain certain features, besides collecting some information for statistical purposes. A good opportunity to try out those Spanish phrases you've been learning perhaps. Inside it is cool and quiet. Back in the day, it would have been a hive of activity and noisy. Plaques are spaced at regular intervals down the tunnel depicting various scenes in the construction - from its initial concept, right through to its completion and steamships being loaded with ore. Disappointingly the tunnel is blocked off at the pier end and the pier is not accessible. We walked along the top of the tunnel, outside, on the footpath above, in order to view the pier from the land, rather than the beach. There are regular places to stop and sit down. It seems to have been a multi-modal operation, carefully designed to make use of gravity and optimised to the technology of the time. Today there is housing all around. As the photos in the tunnel show though, back then this was an industrial landscape. It made an interesting change in our holiday. The area is quiet and historic. The beach was nice and the sea warm. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within a short drive and a covered shopping centre also.

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David W
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Jun 2019 • Couples
We came here both to view the pier and spend some time on a quiet sandy beach. There is free parking at the beach end in a small car park. We visited midweek, in the early afternoon and got a space. The beach is nice and it wasn't crowded. The sea was warm and clear. I even had a swim! The pier is clearly visible from the beach and you get a feel for how things might have been years ago.
We drove to the other end of the railway and parked, by a play area, to walk to the tunnel. Check opening times before going if you want to access the tunnel as it is locked outside these periods. It is free to enter and it is staffed with an official who can explain certain features, besides collecting some information for statistical purposes. A good opportunity to try out those Spanish phrases you've been learning perhaps. Inside it is cool and quiet. Back in the day, it would have been a hive of activity and noisy. Plaques are spaced at regular intervals down the tunnel depicting various scenes in the construction - from its initial concept, right through to its completion and steamships being loaded with ore. Disappointingly the tunnel is blocked off at the pier end and the pier is not accessible.
We walked along the top of the tunnel, outside, on the footpath above, in order to view the pier from the land, rather than the beach. There are regular places to stop and sit down. It seems to have been a multi-modal operation, carefully designed to make use of gravity and optimised to the technology of the time. Today there is housing all around. As the photos in the tunnel show though, back then this was an industrial landscape.
It made an interesting change in our holiday. The area is quiet and historic. The beach was nice and the sea warm. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within a short drive and a covered shopping centre also.
Written 7 July 2019
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Nigel S
Lightwater, UK5,233 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is free and well worth a visit. The old ore loading facility with tracks run out to the loading dock and makes for a pleasant stroll along the tracks out to the observation platform, overlooking the bay. You are able to go into the tunnel but unfortunately it was closed for siesta on all three occasions that we visited. At the other end of the track sits the ore carrying vehicles.
Written 4 September 2018
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Tony Hills
7 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Now easily accessible, this structure stands tall in a beautiful bay.
Built by the British in the late 1800s its worth the visit. It's free too.
Written 5 January 2018
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Wally B
Wilmslow, UK172 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
This pier was designed and built by the British who came to the area to help the Spanish with mining minerals - lead, silver, iron. There is a bigger Hornillo in Almeria.
Written 28 September 2017
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billybkent_UK
kent, UK80 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
A trip to this part of town was recommended by our waitress at the Casa del Mar restaurant in town. The area is dominated by the now disused railway jetty that once served the mines in this area. Worth a visit just for the tranquility of the place - a different view of a Spain that used to be.
Written 20 May 2017
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