The Molino de Tefía is located in the municipality of Puerto del Rosario, in an environment typical of the arid landscapes of Fuerteventura. It is one of the 23 mills that are distributed throughout the island, all of them silent witnesses of the agricultural past that characterized the economy of the island during the last centuries. In the mills, the milling of grain was carried out by the locals for the production of gofio, from the arrival of the conquerors in the 15th century until late 20th century.
It is a traditional windmill, constructed from stone, mud and lime in a traditional way. It has a circular floor plan, a truncated cone shape and three floors.
The first floor was used for storage, the next floor was where the milling mechanism was located, while the third floor was the main gear of the mill. To access from the first floor to the next floor, a masonry staircase was built on the outside of the tower, while a wooden staircase built inside the mill was used to go up to the upper floor.
One of the peculiarities of the Molino de Tefía is that it has 6 blades, the only one left in Fuerteventura with that number of blades. The number of blades placed on a mill is inversely proportional to the strength of the wind blowing through the area. This means that in the flatlands around Tefía the wind is not so strong and therefore it needed more blades.
Tefía, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Islas Canarias
Photo Taken: April 13, 2023
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