Las Norias de Abarán
The absolute attractions of Abarán are undoubtedly the water wheels along and in the vicinity of the Rio Segura. In total there are still 6 to be found of which a few are still in operation. For the first four (in our opinion also the most beautiful), it is best to click on to this page, where you will find a description of a walk that takes you past all 4.
The other two norias (water wheels) are the Noria de Félix Cayetano and the Noria de Miguelico Nunez. These are located along the public road just 2.6 kilometers apart. The Noria de Félix Cayetano is fairly well hidden on the left bank of the Rio Segura close to the RM-514. From Abarán you take the RM-514 in the direction of Blanca. Quite quickly you pass a dilapidated looking building on your right with the name "Villa Mathilda". The Noria de Félix Cayetano is located between Villa Mathilda and the next white house. It dates from the beginning of the 20th century and the last renovation was in 2003. Although this noria is not very old yet, it is lonely, decayed and deserted. The wheel has a diameter of 6 meters, consists of 24 spokes, 48 flat profile blades and the same number of buckets to transport the water. The materials used are iron and wood. The Noria de Félix Cayetano was able to water an area of 30 tahúllas. 1 tahúlla is a surface unit used in Southeast Spain and corresponds to 11 are and 15 centiare. He got the water from the Acequia de Blanca.
2.6 km further, also along the RM-514, you will find the Noria de Miguelico Nuñez on your left. This is older than the noria de Félix Cayetano. The exact date is unclear, but it is said to be somewhere between the last half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. The last renovation dates from 2002. This noria also got its water from the Acequia de Blanca and was able to water 5 tahúllas.