Ask most people I know to describe you a mill and they will come up with one of those enormous machines making the Netherlands a tourist trap. Others will remember the slender enemies of Don Quijote. Mention water-mill and Mississippi steamers emerge on the horizon.
Mills must dominate the landscape, most people seem to think.
Learn about the parts of a mill
Visit the mills; description, pictures
Read more about mills; literature, websites
There are no sails showing you the way: none is driven by the wind (†). The first water-mill I visited in 1989 (the fulling mill of Lacort) was the only one with the familiar external vertical wheel.
Modern time came and was strongly against the mills. The construction of better roads made it possible to bring bread from the city up to the mountains. This, together with the industrial production of flour and olive oil made life for the small village mills impossible.
Practice in gardening: the vegetation can be very dense and thorny. Should you prefer to stay free of scratches, then explore this testimonial of Aragón's recent past.
Today the mills are forgotten, many lie in ruins, but they have not lost their charm.
Obviously you need some sort of explorer's mind to detect and find the constructions in the landscape. Contrary to the trends in the tourist industry, there are no carefully planned adventurous trips to the mills. You are on your own.
|†||The Christmas display in Boltaña featured a wind mill before the display became fancy and computer controled.|