Are you in Banyeres and have morning free? It has to do the Route of the Mills.
The municipality of Banyeres de Mariola has a very rich and varied industrial background. The itinerary of the river Vinalopó through the town boundaries is surrounded by very characteristic constructions such as cloth mills, flour mills and paper mills. These buildings were the symbol of an era and now help us to understand how the industry was then.
Flour Mill of Daniel
These peculiar factories, magnificent in their time, gave job to most of the inhabitants of Banyeres for many years. The route throughout the paper mills let the traveler enjoy an interesting walk in which admire the fauna and flora of an almost unchanged environment.
The self-guided tour by means of interpretative panels allows us to walk along the side of the Vinalopó riverbed and admire the different elements that appear in the route.
The Vinalopó river plays a very important role in the development of the industry in Banyeres. Among its many uses, water from the river was used to move the waterwheel of the mills. For this reason, there are buildings dedicated to channel water for industrial and agricultural uses, such as: Canals, dams…
You have to see the Headwaters. Built in 1911 according to the project of the Alicante engineer Próspero Lafarga, this building is the place where the distribution of water between three towns (Banyeres, Bocairent and Beneixama) takes place in the way established in the judgment published 6 June 1459 by the King Juan II of Aragon.
You can finish the route in the in the workshop of the train station. It is located in the industrial area, next to the old train station. The inside of the workshop follows the same constructive scheme of vaults and lintels supported on mortar pillars, although in some buildings of this group you can see the use of iron for the assembling of the roof.
An intense walk that you can finish visiting the Paper Museum.