Castilla Channel

You can discover the importance of this magnificent channel by sailing in a boat. You will enjoy a breathtaking natural environment.

General Information:

Town: 
Melgar de Fernamental
Address: 
Embarcadero de Carrecalzada
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Castilla Channel
Address: Embarcadero de Carrecalzada
Town: Melgar de Fernamental

Descripción

Magnificent work of engineering of the eighteenth century, the Castilla Channel was promoted by King Fernando VI and the Marchis of la Ensenada. The canal was built to transport goods, most of them cereals, and a means of transport for the people living in the isolated castilian plain. Due to several wars and economic problems, the construction took almost a century, from 1753 till 1849.

The channel has three different parts, and the one that runs near Melgar is included in the northern branch. Nowadays, the channel is being used to sail in a touristic boat called “San Carlos de Abánades”, from Melgar to the lock of San Llorente de la Vega. In this village, there is an ancient water mill of the eighteenth century that is now a hydroelectric power station.

One of the most important works of this channel is the Abanades aqueduct, built to pass over the river Valdavia. It is quite curious when you see the boat sailing by the channel and over the river. Moreover, the path used by the horses to move the boats in the channel has been converted into a marked long trail (GR-89).

The timetable of the boat “San Carlos de Abánades” is:

TIMETABLE From April to September From October to March
Tuesday 18:00 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 11:30
to 12:30
Sunday 18:00 16:00

Touristic Services

Castrojeriz
Citores del Páramo (Sasamón)

Leisure Activities

Art and Culture

Melgar de Fernamental
Valtierra de Pisuerga (Melgar de Fernamental)