The Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades is the focus of your next stop. It is one of the most comprehensive paper museums in Europe and is located in an 18th century mill. Capellades and its surroundings were, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, a major paper production centre, especially deckled and cigarette paper. The Paper Mill Museum holds a collection that features traditional paper-making tools and machinery, covers, wooden seal stamps, papers and documents that range from the 12th century to the present. In addition to the elegance of the building – white, four floors and lots of windows, some of which are to allow air to pass through and dry the paper –, outside you’ll find La Bassa, a pond fed by a natural spring supplying 12 million litres of water a day, once used to power the 16 paper mills working in the area at that time.
You can have lunch at one of the restaurants that serve ‘arròs paperer’, a rice and meat stew recipe recovered a few years ago and closely linked to the work of the paper mills in the area. We’ve chosen the restaurant Camí del Castell, in La Pobla de Claramunt, as this will be your last visit.