Mina Margalida
Mina Margalida

Margalida Mine

Mina Margalida is an abandoned zinc mine located in the valley of Barradòs, in the Val d'Aran, a valley in the Pyrenees mountains in the northwestern part of the province of Lleida, in Catalonia, northern Spain.

The road to the mine is gravel, narrow and very steep, in bad conditions. It’s an old mine road. Between 100 and 150 people worked in the mines spread out both in the interior and exterior of the galleries. The mine ceased its activities in 1953. 4x4 vehicle required.
The abandoned mine is located on the way from Bassa d'Arres lagoon and the town of Bossost. The road climbs up to 1.600m (5,249 ft) above the sea level. High risk of rockfalls and avalanches. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views of the Pyrenees mountain range. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. It’s impassable often in winters. This road has innumerable twists and turns. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs (500 meters) caused by avalanches.

 

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