Ingenio azucarero de San Joaquín y Acueducto del Águila (San Joaquín sugar mill and Aqueduct of the Eagle) [Hydraulic Heritage]
• Heritage Value: Medium
• Landscape Value: High
• Condition: High state of repair
• Type of hydraulic structure: Canal
• Stage of the Great Málaga Path: Stage 4: Torrox - Nerja
• Where to find it: Maro
• Period: 19th century
• Architect: Maestro Francisco Cantarero
Design: Rafael de Chaves
• UTM Coordinates:
- 424137,3893, 4068379,185 Acueducto del Águila
- 423716,2358, 4068487,108 Ingenio azucarero de San Joaquín
HOW TO FIND IT
It is located in the Coladilla de Cazadores ravine in the Maro Cliffs, close to the old N-340 road, at km 294.9.
San Joaquín sugar mill:
- Water source: Maro River
- Length: The bridge is 72 m long and is part of a 1.5-km canal
- Average water flow: 100 L/s
- Primary function: Irrigation and supply to the San Joaquín sugar mill
- Current use: Irrigation
- Main elements: Bridge-aqueduct over the Coladilla ravine
The aqueduct was restored in 2012 and is in a perfect state of repair and operation. The sugar mill, on the other hand, is continuing to deteriorate while awaiting restoration.
The aqueduct was commissioned between 1879 and 1880 to provide the San Joaquín sugar factory—in the Las Mercedes district—with water. Alongside the factory in La Coladilla, a section of the Roman road that once was part of the Antonio de Cástulo-Malaca route can be found as remains of the factory-fort of Detunda, which would later become the present-day village of Maro.