Architecture and functioning


In operation for nearly 400 years, Sabandía Mill is an authentic example of the region’s traditional rural architecture, which makes extensive use of the white volcanic rock known locally as sillar. 

Built on a rectangular foundation beside a picturesque stream, the building features towering walls, high buttresses and vaults. Its architecture features an unusual arrangement of raised floors to take advantage of the power of a nearby stream, diverted through two channels, to power two grindstones from an 18th-century water mill. The mill originally was used to grind wheat, corn and other grains. The quality of the flour depends on the adjustment of the stones, which can be raised or lowered. The millstones must be removed periodically and cleaned with a chisel.

The architectural ensemble of the Sabandia Mill, nestled in a site of particular natural charm, creates an aesthetically pleasing contrast of bright white walls against the green of the surrounding countryside.