Oil Mill. Almazara La Erilla

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This Nasrid building was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. It is one of the oldest olive oil mills in Spain

This olive oil mill, located in the centre of the village, was in operation from the 15th century until the second decade of the 20th century. Here the traditional machinery is exhibited, and is a good example of the different types of mills that have been used throughout history.

At the entrance there is a courtyard containing storage areas for the olives. These were numerically assigned to various harvesters and each one would put their olives in the allocated storage space. In the first exhibition room a Roman mill is on display. It was powered by animals who turned it anticlockwise.

The building was restored in 1991 and made into the Museo de la Almazara de la  aerillas. It is divided into five units; these include the courtyard where the olives were dropped off and ends at the office building, with its large vats where the oil was stored. It also includes a mill powered by animals, two huge olive presses, a cistern and the mill that was powered by water.

Farming tools, bric-a-brac belonging to local peasants and all necessary utensils for extracting oil are on display here.


Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Municipality: Nigüelas
Address: Canalón, 12
Postcode: 18657


Tel: 958 280 928
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