In the past, the number of working mills was evidence of the economic prosperity of the settlements. Today, there are countless surprising discoveries behind each mill. Traditions and customs, natural surroundings of incomparable beauty or unique architectural heritage are some of the surprises that All About Portugal reserves you, in this unique journey, through the mills of Portugal.
Lomba da Conceição Wind Mill (Horta)
A postcard image is what the three Windmills of Lomba da Conceição offer us, whose red colour contrasts with the green landscape of Faial Island. It is one of the must-see stops if you visit Horta and, given its location, from where you can also enjoy magnificent views of the Pico Island.
Caixeiros Mill (Torres Vedras)
Hot bread made in a wood oven, at all times, is a good reason to visit the Caixeiros Mill, located in Silveira (Torres Vedras). Built almost 200 years ago - and restored only around 30 years ago - it is nowadays a cultural and tourist attraction, where visitors can observe the grain milling and bread making.
Community Threshing and Porreiras Mills (Paredes de Coura)
Named "Barn of the Alto Minho", the Community Threshing has a nucleus of recovered water mills, eight granaries and four porches that served as haystacks. A journey back in time and privileged views of the Minho region countryside are waiting for you on this visit.
Mills Theme Park (Oliveira de Azeméis)
29 hectares of area and two rivers - Ui and Antuã – are the elements of the landscape of the Mill Theme Park in Oliveira de Azeméis, a living museum of bread confection and cereal grinding. Composed of three mill cores, these are interconnected by pedestrian paths enriched by the surrounding fauna and flora.
Montedor Windmills Museological Nucleus (Viana do Castelo)
The only working windmill of trapezoidal wooden sails, in Portugal, is in Viana do Castelo. From the Interpretation Centre, with the most varied information on mills and the region - installed in the building of another windmill with cloth sails, one can make way through two unforgettable routes: an environmental one and a patrimonial one.
Alburrica Wind Mills (Barreiro)
Symbols of the industrial heritage of Barreiro, these three buildings - the Gigante windmill, the Nascente windmill and the Poente windmill - of Dutch typology, are located on the river beach of Alburrica. They are connected to Barreiro by wooden walkways and provide a different tour, just outside Lisbon.
Parada Mills Pedestrian Walk (Ponte da Barca)
This trail starts at the Parada village (Lindoso - Ponte da Barca) and takes us on a journey through an idyllic universe of fauna, flora and history. With the river Lima as company and the Amarela Mountain as a backdrop, along the way you will find abandoned windmills situated on the waterfront. Take a dip in the paradisical Poço da Gola!
Pontido Village (Fafe)
A few kilometres from Fafe, and surrounded by dense nature, you will find a refuge composed of only five houses, transformed into rural accommodation. There is also a mill and a pestle where, in past times, the inhabitants produced the flour and transformed the wool, using the energy of the Vizela River.
Lamas de Olo (Vila Real)
Here, the traditions of the people who live on the slopes of the hills, such as the slaughter of the pig, the husking of corn or the bread manufacturing, remain. Therefore, granite water mills or granaries are part of the daily life of the inhabitants. Forget everyday problems and let yourself get lost in this village located in the Alvão Natural Park.
Interpretive Rail of Lamas de Mouro (Melgaço)
This circular pedestrian route leads you to discover some of the natural and cultural treasures of one of the most important protected areas of our country: the Peneda Gerês National Park. The historic water mill, the community oven and the centuries-old Romanesque style church are just a few points of interest you'll find along the way.