Mills in Alto Aragón
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
Overview of the site
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
stairs carved in the rock
At the place of the mill
the rock is littered with man made artifacts. We found several ridges and stairs carved
in the rock.