|Nature is slowly taking over the old mill.|
Before long, I made my way to La Barca, and found the mill
|The La Barca well|
|La Barca in the early twentieth century, as motor vehicles began|
to replace river transport.
|El Poniente restaurant.|
Here at the top of the hill, we’re used to the sight of Vejer’s windmills, now mostly restored and preserved as museum items or used as locations for restaurants. El Poniente and El Macinino are popular with residents and visitors alike.
|The mill seen from La Cuesta de la Barca.|
|Water now barely flows through these graceful arches.|
The production and grinding of wheat into flour were the main source of Vejer’s wealth in the nineteenth century and the mills were kept busy. The mill at La Barca is not very accessible, and its immediate surroundings are marshy and overgrown. It is situated on the South bank of the river, and can be reached via a track which runs past the car repair workshop. It isn’t safe for young children, but adults might like to take a peek.Though it may be difficult to imagine, looking at the overgrown and silted-up waterway, tons of goods were once transported via La Barca to the overseas port at Barbate. The port
|A view of La Barca in the early 20th century, |
with the river Barbate still clear
In 1904, Vejer became one of the first towns in Andalucía to acquire piped water, though this service was only available to the wealthy. The majority of the people had to continue bringing their water up the hill until 1949, when a public fountain was created on the Plaza de España. The well at La Barca soon became redundant, and fell into disuse, though piped water did not become universally available in Vejer until the 1970s.
|'The public well of Our Lady of the Olive'|