“Itinerary that takes us to the village of Serrat, to an old flour mill and on the banks of the river Maçanell.
We start this itinerary in Serrat, a beautiful high mountain village added to Queralbs, located at an altitude of 1,357 m above sea level and which enjoys an exceptional panorama.
We leave the square at the entrance to the village in the direction of Carrer Sant Isidre and walk along the center of the village.
As we can see, the houses are distributed in a staggered way, to save the steep slope of the land and almost all of them have the main façade facing south, in order to take advantage of the light and heat of the sun.
One of the most characteristic elements of Serrat is that some houses still retain their own ovens. We can identify them because they have a semicircular shape and are attached to one of the side facades and covered with a slab roof.
We continue along Church Street and if we look to the left we will see a laundry room where clothes used to be washed.
We continue along the street and until we find a small church. This one, belongs to the Tubau family and is dedicated to the Virgin of the Remedy.
The history of this church dates back to the fact that in the past the inhabitants of Serrat, to attend religious services, had to move to the church of Sant Sadurní, located two kilometers from the village, in the town of Fustanyà.
This led to the Tubau family offering to build a church in the village in 1630, enlarging a small Romanesque church that already existed.
We continue our route down the path to the right of the church, where we can admire the views of the valley and the Sierra de la Canya, which is in front of us.
We continue down the path and cross the Torrent dels Baus. From here, the path becomes paved and accompanied by a low dry stone wall.
As we move forward, we begin to hear the roar of the Maçanell River with more intensity. We come to an indicator of the route that leads us to the right to visit the Molí d’en Bonada, or forward to go and see the Maçanell River.
We continue to the right and descend along a path until we reach the ruins of the old Molí d’en Bonada. This flour mill is located on the right bank of the Maçanell River and was of paramount importance for the area.
The mill took advantage of the strength of the river with a waterfall of 7 meters, was equipped with a wooden hydraulic wheel, a grindstone and a pond that we can see at the entrance of the building.
We go back on our steps until we return to the place where the route sign is located to continue to the right, in the direction of the Maçanell River. A beautiful, quiet, cool and shady place that invites you to walk and have a good time enjoying it.
After entering this fantastic environment, we will return by the same path until we reach the starting point of this itinerary.”
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