Mills in Alto Aragón
Castiello de Jaca
Castiello de Jaca
is situated on the main road
from Jaca to Canfranc and its tunnel to France. At the mesón (where La Garcipollera is signposted)
turn right and drop your vehicle at the parking lot between the restaurant and the river. Take a look at the
information panel (let's hope it's still there) and then walk back to the main road where you'll find the
Calle la Fábrica
. Walk the road down, turn to the North and below the bridge of the railways
and find your way to the new urbanization El Molino
. Keep an eye on the patterns on the walls and you
should recognize the former mill without difficulty.
(1) Calle La Fábrica
(2) Calle Del Molino
Apart from the name of two streets and some decommissioned
milling stones now in an ornamental role, nothing much reminds of the old mills.
Recently new housing was built concentrated around the
huge Molino del Señor (7).
(3,4) Decommissioned milling stones
Prospective buyers where not informed and failed to notice that most of the
houses were built in the flood plain of the Río Aragón. The company, aptly named El Molino de Castiello SL, choose to ignore the European Flood Directive about development in zones prone to inundation.
Disaster struck before even half of the houses stood and tore down several recently occupied homes!
he Spanish Blog del Agua
in its entry
of November 20th, 2012
makes an analysis of the situation and reaches the conclusion that
nobody should have been surprised by the events.
I keep a local copy of that analysis: Inundaciones e irresponsabilidad
(PDF, 10MB). Though the text is in Spanish, the images are telling.
(6) Old electricity lines
(7) The former Molino del Señor
(8) Old picture showing the molino, the fábrica and the railway bridge
(found on the information panel)