Mills of the Guadalquivir

Historic Building in Córdoba

Albolafia Water Mill Cordoba, Spain
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The Guadalquivir River watermills are located in Córdoba, Spain. On 30 June 2009, they were declared an Andalusian Historical Heritage site. Situated in the historic centre, these mills are vestiges emblematic of medieval buildings with varying degrees of damage. Some have been restored and used for cultural and tourism purposes as Molino de la Alegría which houses the Museum of Paleobotany within the Royal Botanic Garden of Córdoba.

The names of these eleven mills are Albolafia, Alegría, Carbonell, Casillas, Emmedio, Lope García, Martos, Pápalo Tierno, San Antonio, San Lorenzo, and San Rafael.

Martos Mill & Museum of Water

The Museum of Water, which is part of the Martos Water Mill, shows us its interpretation of history through the perspective of local culture, water management and the traditional uses of plants, whether as a food source (flour from cereals), the dying of cloths and textiles, the tanning of animal skins or the manufacture of vegetable fibres.

This mill dates from the 12th century, but the restoration carried out in the 14th and 16th centuries changed its appearance considerably. It contained three fuller’s mills, a grinding chamber and a jetty. It was the main grinding mill for cereals in existence in the city for many years.

Albolafia Mill

The Albolafia mill , also known as the Albolafia wheel , is a hydraulic mill located on the right bank of the Guadalquivir, near the Roman bridge in the city of Córdoba , Spain. It is the oldest mill on the riverbank of the city and is framed in the Sotos de la Albolafia natural area.

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Visiting Mills of the Guadalquivir


24 Hour



Address: Molino de la Albolafia Av. del Alcázar, 512 14003 Córdoba Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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