Burnt Mill

Burnt Mill

It is the oldest wind device in the region and gives its name to this area - El Molino de Viento (The Windmill). It is probably the largest windmill in Gran Canaria.

It had four or six large blades which were embedded in a shaft and slightly inclined. In turn, a large cogwheel engaged a vertical axis that transmitted the movement to the wheel. All this was contained inside a tower which had an inverted cone shape and two or three floors. Its roof and transmission-receiving system was angled towards the direction of the wind using a large pole to manually maneuver it, which was part of the structure of this type of mill.

The date of construction is unknown, since no written document or verbal record has ever been able to confirm it, but it is most likely from the second half of the nineteenth century which is when the , because cultivation of cochineal was at its peak. It was completely destroyed by a fire and has just recently been completely restored. It is possible to visit the mill which is still in operation and also serves as a tourist information point.

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