There are still a number of spaces in the Ecomuseum – known as radials – that have yet to be museumized. But plenty are now ready to be visited, and you can go to see some of them today. You already visited the area’s water mills on the first day of your visit, and for today we would like to suggest that you choose between a lime kiln, a farmhouse set in a cave, an ice house, a washing place and a mine. Below we give you an idea of what to expect at each one of these sites.
The ice house is up first. It's is located in Castellterçol, where you spent yesterday afternoon. This type of construction was once used to make a lot of ice in the Moianès region. You can go inside the Poua de la Ginebreda ice house to see how ice was made and sold. And while still in Castellterçol, you can also pay a visit to the Roquer washing place, which is located by a cave.
In L'Estany there's a spectacular work of engineering dating back to the 18th century that still performs the same function today: removing water from the village lake. Although the scenery at the lake was beautiful when it still contained water, it was thought to cause disease, and furthermore, the monks at the nearby Augustine monastery needed land for cultivation. The solution was to build a dry stone quarry about half a kilometre long, which is now open to visitors.
There are still two radials left to present. One of them will take you to Castellcir to visit Mas Esplugues, a farmhouse located in a cavern where you'll learn how its inhabitants exploited the resources available in the woods and fields to keep themselves fed. The other option will take you to Calders, where you'll find three circular lime kilns that date from the 19th century and that were in use until only a couple of decades ago. Nearby, you'll find a Centre for Contemporary Sustainable Art, which is devoted to researching, producing and exhibiting works of contemporary art related to ecology and the local environment.
Moianès may be a small region, but as you can see, it has more than enough attractions to keep visitors busy for 48 hours, and plenty more to offer if you have more time.