One of the most emblematic areas of the historic old town of Mojacar, Almeria, has been recovered for public use following the renovation and development of the site of the old mill, next to the recently refurbished fuente (spring).
The project, involving the investment of €100,000 and taking two and a half months to complete, was included in the Mojacar town plan of works for 2014.
The resulting recreational area was once of great socioeconomic importance and vital to the commercial activity of the area.
During the opening ceremony Mojacar’s Mayor, Rosa Maria Cano, said: “For centuries, this part of Mojacar has been the place where people had to visit; after all ‘Where there is water, there is life.’
“At one time there were more shops here than in the town centre. During the middle ages and beyond there used to be a water-powered mill, a cattle market as well as a general market for food and supplies. The grain mill and the associated bakery were key meeting places to conduct business and exchange gossip.”
The Mayor added that in this area, a miniature replica mill and some reclaimed mill artefacts had been installed as well as some original stones from the ancient spring.
These stones were well worn by the women who used to do their washing whilst putting their feet in the water, as was customary centuries ago.
There is now a sports and play area, improved night lighting, a wider street with allocated parking spaces, and renovated and aesthetically improved irrigation ponds.