Los Molinos del Río Aguas
Los Molinos del Río Aguas is an ancient little Andalusian village with a long historical background, situated in a green oasis in the middle of a Natural Park. In our GUIDED TOURS we high-light the richness of our unique ecosystem which is home to a variety of endemic species of fauna and flora. All the houses in the village are self-sustaining with river water and solar power as we live free from any water or power supply provided by the government. There are about 30 people living here, not counting the many volunteers and visitors passing through throughout the year. Los Molinos on Google Maps
The Karst en Yesos de Sorbas is a Natural Park located in the southeast of Andalusia (Spain) and one of the world’s biggest gypsum karsts with over 1,500 caves offering a spectacular and diverse world of crystal formations: stalactites, stalagmites, columns and corals. The Karst has become one of the jewels of the geological world due to its educational value and scientific interest, a true and green oasis that is now threatened by the risk of the over-exploitation of water caused by the macro plantations of olive trees in superintensive cultivation. Over the last four years we have brought this case of human and environmental abuse to the level of international awareness. Please find out more on our website: rioaguas.org
Almería is the province with the least rainfall in the whole of Europe and, statistically, 300 days of sunshine per year. Various protected areas can be found here and we are undoubtedly privileged to behold the sea, the alpine peaks, Mediterranean forests of the mountain range, and the only desert on this continent in one and the same province. The flora and fauna are some of the most abundant and diverse to be found in the Old Continent, and for living creatures, this land of contrasts offers a multitude of different habitats. Due to the circumstances of its geographic situation, climate, proximity to the African continent and its extreme aridity, the province of Almería is one of the wealthiest places of endemisms found per unit area in the whole of Europe.
Recognized as a “Point of Artisan Interest” by the Andalusian authorities, throughout our trajectory the PITA ESCUELA has become a true museum, home to a unique exhibition of musical instruments from around the world and endless handicrafts made with ‘Wood of the Desert’.
Here, in a warm atmosphere, we reflect almost 30 years of our work and we will be delighted to take you on one of our artistic journeys full of anecdotes.
To arrange a personalized Guided Tour, contact us.
Our beloved workshop is our space of creation. It is located in the school garden next to the PITA-ESCUELA house, a flat-packing structure which can be moved to another place any time, but actually, there is no reason to do so.
Entertained by bird sounds, surrounded by trees and plants and just a few steps away from our swimming pool, we find the perfect working conditions for the realization of our workshops, to get inspired and develop our beautiful creations.
And of course, all the machines that we use for the elaboration of our products work 100% with solar energy.
The PITA-ESCUELA house has been completely renovated during a period of 3 years with the aim to transform it into an example of a self-sustainable house with all kind of modern comfort.
It is provided with 230V solar energy current, a giant 20m2 bathroom with hot water and a washing machine, intelligent heating system, ecological futon mattresses, swimming pool with river water, broadband Internet and a ‘Music-Lounge’, which includes a recording studio and a collection of more than 60 musical instruments.
The summer camp organized by GREENPEACE in July 2011 was the start of our own little agave plantation located down in the valley next to the river.
The plantation functioned as a nursery to ensure the growth of future generations, especially the A.americana subspecies, as well as having been a perfect spot for educational and research activities.
Unfortunately, this plantation has been completely disappearing because of the aggressive attacks of the plague of the Picudo Negro, in 2007 detected for the first time in Spain. At the moment the Picudo continues attacking all along the Mediterranean coast. As there is no economical use for Agave in this country and due to the fact that it is included in the National Catalog of invasive exotic species, nobody takes measures to regulate this plague.
The Casa de la Realidad up the hill provides the Pita-Escuela House with solar energy and water from the river, our lifeline so to speak. With the help of many friends from different countries, the Englishman David Dene transformed this former ruin with 25 years of constant work into a self-sustainable house. With 3,5 KW of solar energy including a 5 KW inverter the house is now totally adapted to the needs of the 21st century.
National Geographic made a report about the Casa de la Realidad as a perfect example for low environmental impact and a high living standard at the time. The house can store up to 15,000 liters of water . The water is pumped through a ram pump from the ancient, Roman water supply system, and can transport 5 liters per minute, 24 hours a day.