The Canal was designed as a river transport route. The barges that circulated along the Canal were towed by draft animals, so the towpaths were also traced. The animals, generally mules, traveled on these roads parallel to the watercourse, towing the barges.
Today, these perfectly renovated trails are ideal for cycling as part of the EuroVelo 1 itinerary.
The landscape consists of crop fields on either side of the canal and groves lining the trail. The architecture of the Castilla Canal is extremely interesting. A mandatory stop is a place known as ‘Calahorra de Ribas’. It was here that construction of the Canal began in 1753. Here we find triple lock No. 22-23-24, which draws water to the Carrión River, to begin the Branch Route of Ramal de Campos.
The stage ends in Palencia, which offers excellent services and transportation. Sightseeing is highly recommended, and the cultural, recreational and dining options are extensive and varied all year round. From locks 31 and 32 on the left side of the Canal, a branch reaches the city, specifically the ‘Palencia Dock’, which played an important role for transport during the golden age of boating on the Canal.