Acequia del Molino (Mill’s Irrigation channel), El Burgo (Unique Site and Hydraulic heritage)
Recommended month to visit it: June
While observing the beauty of the Turón River and taking in the splendid landscape of Sierra de la Carrilla [Mountain Range of la Carrilla] or Sierra Prieta [Prieta Mountain Range], we arrive at this canal which supplied water to an ancient medieval water mill called “La Fábrica de Harina” [The Flour Factory] or, more recently, “La Fábrica de Salvador” [The Factory of Salvador]. This was one of the four flour mills that existed in El Burgo. Along with the other three, this mill has witnessed the municipality’s reliance on the river throughout its history. As the river flowed across the village, local agriculture and industry flourished. Thus, inhabitants claimed it for themselves and named it “El Burgo”. The Acequia del Molino [Canal of the Mill] is part of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.
• Parking: 326136 / 4073209
• Trail start: 326211 / 4073137
• End of trail: 326476 / 4073084
This medieval irrigation canal used to supply water to a flour mill—now in ruins—and flows along the banks of the Turón River. The stretch spanning from the spring to the village is known as El Burgo River, boasting pure waters and lush banks. The small village of El Burgo could not subsist without the river, which made of it a farming village whose only industry depended on water power (mills). Nowadays, it also provides villagers with drinking water.
Today, there are the ruins of an old canal, which led water to the old water mill called at first Flour Factory, and later The Factory of Salvador. There used to be four flour mills in El Burgo (The Fuensanta Mill, The Mill of Salvador, and two more in Los Bujeos).
The trail that starts at the Acequia del Molino allows us to enjoy beautiful views over the Turón River, brimming with fish and turtles. There is, as well, the gorgeous landscape that stretches from the top of the mountains Sierra de la Cabrilla or the Sierra Prieta to their bottom.