|Watermills in Altoaragón
|Abiego is easily reached from
Barbastro. Take the main road towards Huesca. After only few kilometers
turn right in Peraltilla where Azara, Azlor and Abiego are signposted.
Walk down south-ward from the village fountain. You'll pass the communal
swimming-pool. Follow the earthen road, enjoy the local waste dump together
with the sheep, cross a tricklet and keep to the track until you'll
arrive at the corner of a large flat area. Now take the lesser track to the left.
You'll walk between the crops and eventually reach the cañon
of the Río Alcanadre. Try to locate the path and work your way
down to the riverbed.
All pictures: 02.V.2002
|Río Alcanadre with azud|
|This site is most interesting because of the impressive dam (azud). The mill proper is carried away by the sometimes furious Río Alcanadre. From the ridge you can appreciate the huge dimensions of the embalse behind the dam.||The azud shows some unique and antique characteristics. The face against the current is staircased; the other side is straight. The building stones are very large and each individual stone features a protrusion. A very medieval look. Several notches are carved where the old dam reached the natural rock.|
|building blocks with protrusions||natural rock with notches||mill swept away|
|At the place of the mill the rock is littered with man made artifacts. We found several ridges and stairs carved in the rock.|
|stairs carved in the rock|
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