The oil mills of catalonia, part of the country's industrial heritage | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Olivera / 2. Façana del molí d'oli Sant Josep (Foto: Lililom) / 3. Museu de l'Oli de Catalunya

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The oil mills of catalonia, part of the country's industrial heritage

Find out about oil production in Catalunya through the country's cultural and industrial heritage
Olive oil is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet, and Catalunya has extensive olive orchards. We know that olive oil is very good for your health, but do you know how it is made? With this tour we would like to invite you to visit some of the olive mills that form part of our industrial heritage and where you can learn how this magic ingredient is produced.

The Museu de l’Oli de Catalunya (olive oil museum of Catalonia) forms part of the Catalan Museum of Science and Technology Territorial System (mNACTEC) and is located in Granadella, Les Garrigues Altes, a municipality with a very long tradition of olive oil production. You can visit the mill, founded in 1920, and see all its original machinery. The mill fell into disuse in 1986 but its facilities and the machinery it houses have remained in very good condition. You can tour the facilities on your own or you can opt for a guided visit and afterwards, of course, you can always go on an excursion to explore the surrounding area.

The Molí de Sant Josep, located in Pobla de Segur, still has all the elements of a complete industrial oil mill. The structure of the building is reminiscent of a Romanesque church. It has now been completely restored and is used as a conference centre, for receptions and for art exhibitions. The first floor houses the facilities of the old oil mill, which forms part of the mNACTEC map of industrial heritage.

The Collbató oil mill interpretation centre is housed in a former oil mill and it describes the relationship that Collbató has had with olives and olive oil from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as explaining the differences between two varieties of olive, the way the harvesting season has evolved and the machinery used to produce the oil. Please consult the visiting times.

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