He found about these Mar Menor islands to retire in and became deeply involved with his wise nature conservation practices well ahead of his time.
In a very short time he built his residence, a beautiful neo-mudejar (Moorish style) palacio, using island made bricks and updated the few other buildings (hunting lodge, mews, boathouses, etc.) paths, wells and the Arab style ‘aljibes’ (rain water reservoirs) that still exist.
But he then took good care to save the soil with plenty stone barriers protecting earth from being washed away by the very scarce but very heavy rain falls typical in this arid climate. And then took care about the vegetation maintaining the natural Mediterranean ‘maquia’, well adapted to this climate, and wisely introduced Sardinian mouflon as good plant grazers. At the same time he promoted local wildlife and small game as he was a fond shooter.