La Venta Mill

Between ancient and modern vestiges, just where the Viejas River turns to the right to meet the Ibor breaking the Sierra del Rostro is one of the most endearing corners of this part of the mountains of the Villuerca.

A place with an intense but intermittent life. Memories, toponymy, documentation and the many visible remains give evidence of a very varied and winding past.

The central nucleus of this space is occupied by a building known as El Molino (The Mill) and the locals still remember the activity in the place as a general mill of the population.


However, it is easy to see that the entire part of the aqueduct that ran over it is reconstructed with rather small slate slabs.

Also the entire front, which with a square addition has a different texture: mainly slate and some cobbles; large and small stones joined by a loose lime mixture if it has any.

The oldest part is made of large river stone. Quartzite almost exclusively, rounded and some slate slates that align the others forming a kind of ashlars, these are held with a very strong bastard mortar.

Attached to the central structure there are numerous constructions, almost all of them ruined, which served as support for the activity that took place around it.

The aqueduct that brought water to the complex is one kilometer long. Also built with river stone and strong mortar. The dam, of which few but interesting remains remain, is at the height of the well-known Herrería de Viejas.

And it is a smithy that I think would be the first activity of this complex, replicating the same scene that unfolds in the Ibor with twin smithies a mile apart.

Many place names in the area indicate the existence of an inn at some point in history “Sierra de la Venta”, Arroyo de la Venta”…

There is no memory in the popular tradition … And yet, the oldest document of the population is precisely referring to the Venta de Robledollano.