Mesa Roldan near Agua Amarga

The tower was rebuilt as a horseshoe-shaped fortified tower in 1766 on the orders of Charles III, to protect the coast from Barbary Pirates. © Michelle Chaplow
The tower was rebuilt as a horseshoe-shaped fortified tower in 1766 on the orders of Charles III, to protect the coast from Barbary Pirates.

Mesa Roldan

Perched dramatically on the rugged coast of Cabo de Gata, Mesa Roldan stands as a testament to centuries of history and strategic significance. This flat-topped extinct volcano, crowned by a lighthouse and the mighty Torre de Mesa Roldan, offers breathtaking views and a fascinating glimpse into the past. Located between the charming village of Agua Amarga and the stunning Playa de los Muertos, it falls within the municipal district of Carboneras.

History

The Torre de Mesa Roldan, documented since 1497, was once the most perilous point for Moorish invasions. Rebuilt in 1766 under the orders of Charles III,, this horseshoe-shaped fortified tower defended the coast from Barbary pirates. The tower was originally accessed by rope-ladder to the first floor entrance.

 The tower's history is rich with tales of transformation—from a makeshift lighthouse in the early 19th century to a telecommunications hub for the Guardia Civil until 2002.

In the early 19th century the fort was used as a makeshift lighthouse, while in the later 1800s it was transferred to Carabineros Corps (predecessors of the Guardia Civil), and in 1941 to the Guardia Civil, who used the building - partly for telecommunications, installing an antena - until 2002. 

Adding to its allure, Mesa Roldan was also featured in the hit series "Game of Thrones," where its dramatic landscape played the role of Meereen. Several years ago it went virtually unnoticed by holidaymakers visiting nearby Los Muertos beach, but now it is one of the most sought-after monuments in the province of Almeria for photographs.

Geography - location 

Mesa Roldan is a flat-topped extinct volcano, part of a massive rocky headland topped with a lighthouse and tower, between Agua Amarga village and Playa de los Muertos. It is actually in the municipal district of Carboneras town to the north.

 

 

Roldán Mesa lighthouse

The Mesa Roldan Lighthouse was inaugurated on December 31, 1863, and became electric in 1972  Michelle Chaplow
The Mesa Roldan Lighthouse was inaugurated on December 31, 1863, and became electric in 1972

The Roldán Mesa lighthouse was inaugurated on December 31, 1863, and became electric in 1972. It is currently fully modernized and automated, leaving the characteristic of 4 flashes every 20 seconds and a range of 23 miles. It was for many years the tallest lighthouse in all of Spain, until the construction of the Torre de los Lobos lighthouse in Rodalquilar. It is currently home to a small museum of lighthouses. Located south of Carboneras, off the AL-5106 road.

 

GAME OF THRONES

Torre de Mesa Roldan was used as a filming location for Game of Thrones season six, shot in October 2015 and aired in spring 2016.

Mesa Roldan Fort as a building in Meereen in Game of Thrones ©
Mesa Roldan Fort as a Meereen fortification in Game of Thrones

It was a fortification in Meereen (Khaleesi's city). In Game of Thrones episode 9, this location is just outside the city state of Meereen City on the Bay of Dragons. On hills outside the Meereen are pyramids where the wealthy citizens live. Following the attack on the city, Daenerys and Grey Worm meet with the slave masters to negotiate terms of surrender.

Video of Game of Thrones season 6 locations in Spain. You can see Almeria and Mesa Roldan fort featured 0:24-0:44 and 2:18 to the end.

 

 

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