Aran Valley. Mola de Salardú

Aran Valley. Mola de Salardú

This is a fairly short drive only 40 minutes away but a great cultural importance . The altitude is 100 meters and very easy to make .

The starting point is an old mill, the Mola de Salardú . Formerly it took advantage of the wealth of Aran Valley water to extract energy in a primitive way . This energy is used in sawing , old factories and flour mills . The Mola de Salardú mill was operating in those ancient times and is now restored . If you visit this place , you can see what was the old process of grinding wheat. Next to the mill there is a picnic area with a small playground .

The Camin Reiau can be found 50 meters from the area and from it headed our steps to the village of Tredòs . On the outskirts of this town when we saw the first houses , cross the bridge over the river Garonne and found a small but interesting church, the Romanesque church of Sant Estèue . After visiting this temple , we head down a steep slope known as St Mary's Street . For this difficult climb to the top of Tredòs , the neighborhood called Cap d' Aran . There is the famous Romanesque church of Santa María de Tredòs , built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries , in which we can admire all the features of the Romanesque and two additional architectural elements that are characteristic only of her. These two distinctive features are its beautiful bell tower and its interesting independent crypt. This church had formerly an especially magnificent Romanesque paintings were torn and unfortunately currently in the Cloisters Museum in New York and are shown to visitors through slides.

To return , retrace your steps or if you prefer you catch the bus at the C -28, road crossing the Aran Valley.