Many foreigners living on the Costa Tropical know El Pantano de Bermajeles as simply, The Lake, even though, as its Spanish name suggests, it is a reservoir. The dam itself is impressive, offering spreading views across the water, and the old installations looking rather like an abandoned army base provide an interesting walk.
It is precisely these old buildings that the following article is about, because one of them is to become a ‘water museum,’ and the first base of the projected Ruta del Agua.
Thanks to EU funds – isn’t it always – the Town Hall of Arenas de Rey, to whom the pantano village belongs, has 76,835 euros to convert these old offices into a museum that will exibit the ways that water has been used in the local rural communities.
The Ingenio del Agua, as the museum will be known, will join Lanjarón, Alhama, Moraleda de Zafayona and Huétor Vega as part of the Ruta del Agua – readers will remember that Lanjarón already has a Museo del Agua.
Work on the Bermejales museum should be completed before the year is out, giving the village another attraction to add to its neolithic burial mound and church.
It’s always worth a trip up there and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing this rural museum once it opens its doors.
(News: Arenas de Rey, Poniente de Granada, Andalucia)