If you think thereís no such place as Paradise, then you havenít been to Molino de las Alcafas, near Cabra De Mora in the southern corner of Aragon. Itís perfect for those wanting a relaxing break.
Situated in the heart of this exceptionally beautiful countryside is a 17th Century restored water mill, surrounded by a varied landscape of pine forests, ravines and mountains ascending to heights of over 1,000 metres.
Itís there where you will find Spainís highest village, Valdelinares, which is becoming famous for its excellent ski resort and facilities.
The mill belongs to Jan and Eric Wright have spent the last few years lovingly restoring the building, which can accommodate up to six people. The couple formerly ran a very successful hotel in the village of Castel de Castels.
The mill has been restored to its ancient surroundings using sand from a nearby river and stones collected from all over the mountains.
For power Jan and Eric have to use solar heating, backed up by a generator in the winter, which supplies an abundance of hot water and provides the central heating. This is enhanced by a roaring log fire which makes those chilly evenings even more relaxing.
Meals for guests comprise vegetables from the millís garden and meat from the local village. Breakfast can be taken on the terrace next to the river and dinner is served at a large table comfortably sitting eight people.
The Wrightís have cultivated a typical English vegetable garden and lawn, which is kept watered by an ingenious irrigation system that Eric has devised by diverting a mountain spring. This lies alongside a small river, which even has its own waterfall and swimming area just 100 metres from the mill.
The mill is situated five kms from the village of Cabra de Mora and can be found by following the river.
About 10 kms away is the village of Mora de Rubielos, with its magnificent restored Castillo towering above the village. From there you move onto the medieval village of Rubielos de Mora.
Nearby Valdelinares is worth a visit. So too, is the wonderful picturesque village of Linares de Mora. All can be covered in an excellent day out with local knowledge supplied by Eric.
The provincial town of Teruel is just a little further, about a 40 kms drive through the mountains and worth a day out to visit the Mudejar Towers, the tombs of the Lovers of Teruel and an abundance of tapas bars. The area is also famous for its hams.
This is walking and fishing country, one of Ericís favourite pastimes and he will gladly arrange or take you and will sort out accommodation in a local hotel.
If itís wonderful scenery, great hospitality, peace and tranquility you hanker after, then this is the place for you.
After a thoroughly enjoyable few days with Eric and Jan, my wife and I are returning next month to join in the local mushroom fiesta. Itís bound to be magic!
Eric and Jan Wright, can be contacted by post at: Molino de las Alcafas, Cabra de Mora, 44409, Teruel or by telephone 97 872 80 16.