We will be spending the last day of our trip to the region in Capellades. In the morning we will be calling in at an old paper mill dating from the 18th century that nowadays houses one of Europe’s most comprehensive museums devoted to paper. The mill is located here because Capellades and its surroundings were an important centre for paper production in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially for the production of deckled and cigarette paper. The town’s Paper Mill Museum has on display exhibits ranging from traditional paper making tools and machines to examples of paper and documents dating from the 12th century to the modern age. The elegance of the four-storey building, which is white in colour and has many windows, some of which are designed to allow a current of air to pass in order to dry the paper, is complemented by the presence of a small lake known as “La Bassa”, fed by a natural spring supplying 12 million of waters a day. It was once used to power the 16 paper mills working in the area at that time.
Once we have finished our tour of the mill, a nice way of complementing the experience is to have lunch at one of the local restaurants that serves arròs paperer, an old rice dish that was once prepared by the workers in the area’s paper mills.