Snow Route

Before the birth of the current refrigeration industry, the use of natural cold favored the development of the snow trading that had flourished between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Collecting snow during the winter, keeping it in the spring and carrying it for sale and consumption in the summer were the cycle of an activity carried out by laborers, businessmen and muleteers wiped out by technology in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

However, the legacy of this vital economic activity for many mountain villages during those times still survives in the form of place names (such as Alt de la Cava), of trails and especially the remains of large deposits to store the snow called Cava, what we can translate as ice houses, coolers or cellars. These buildings are the main civil architectural remains throughout the Mariola Mountain and characterize its landscapes due to its monumental appearance and the large number of items that are preserved.