Mills in Alto Aragón — molino aceitero
is quite a remote spot but a visit to this
site combined with the mill of Centenera
castillo of Fantova will make for a rewarding day.
Leave Graus in northern direction towards
and Castejón de Sos
. Turn right for
La Puebla de Fantova
. Once there do not enter the village, but continue straight-on towards Centenera
In the last bend before this mill turn right into the gravel and mud road. You'll drive through vineyards, then
vegetable gardens and eventually will need to cross the Barranco de la Ribera
. Don't worry, it's easy —at least
when the weather is dry. You'll now follow the rivulet and slowly gain height until you'll reach kind of a plateau (1).
Straight-on for Bafaluy, but we need the branch to the left. You'll soon find an old pila
(2). Drop the car.
(1) Location of the mill (blue arrow) relative to the village of Erdao (yellow) and Bafaluy (white)
(2) Pila = oil container made in stone.
ook out for a forgotten track leading north.
You'll discover the ruins of the mill (3) after a few minute's walk.
The roof couldn't stand the weight of time and several of the walls followed suit.
It's still possible —despite the sorry state— to recognize the main parts of this type of production unit.
Two small partitions against the eastern wall (5) probably were storage rooms (see f.e. Troncedo or Trillo (pict. 10))
(3) The mill of Erdao in a pitty state.
(4) Remains of the press
(5) Probably storage rooms
he press is the dominant feature in the
remaining space (4). It's the good old type made of huge wooden beams (see Castilsabás
for a nice example.)
The upper half of main horizontal beam is completely rotten (6) and the rest won't
last long. I couldn't find any dates or inscriptions which is rather unusual.
Dive under the beam (take care) and you'll find a large disc (9). It's this disc
who rested on the mount of alternating mats and mash and transmitted the
The head of the press suffered badly but the caracol, the screw,
turned to heighten the pressure survived and is clearly visible (8).
(6) The press
(7) Main beams of press
(8) Head of press
(9) underside of press
(10) Oil container
The niches in the western wall (4, 7) give room to a container each.
Like in many mills the walls are lined with tiles (often red, sometimes white).
If you look carefully you'll notice that each individual tile is
concave! I've never seen this before.
(11) Support for the crushing stone
(12) Stone to break the olives
(13) The art of connecting things