I seem to be on a theme of Spanish tiles.
This enormous pictorial tiled plaque is on the wall behind the bar in a restaurant in El Saladillo, Mazarron, Spain.
It depicts the forecourt of the restaurant as it used to be and must have been specially commissioned for the place. You can see the building itself within the painted tiles. And its on that balcony that I have often enjoyed tapas and coffee whilst watching the flamenco dancing that now takes place on the forecourt there.
Maybe I'll show you some of the dancing later.
The restaurant lights were a bit of a nightmare on the tiles.
V2 is a wider view, and you can see how big the plaque is.
El Saladillo is a pedania covering 70 square kilometres. The original population centre of the village contains just a handful of people. The origins of the small village are sketchy, which is understandable, since Mazarron’s history revolved around the alum, lead and silver mines, and it is inevitable that there should be little documentation regarding geographical areas which were dedicated only to the farming which the arid climate and landscape made possible. El Saladillo was a fair distance from the mines, and the farms here concentrated on growing and processing cereal crops..
El Saladillo was a stopping-off point for travellers between Mazarron and Murcia.
Nowadays it is home to just a few inhabitants, who either work in the hostelries or are retired.
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