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Castilla Canal




  • The Marqués de la Ensenada boat on the Castilla Canal passing through Palencia

A nature route along the ambitious engineering feat of the Castilla Canal. Its main attractions are the fauna and flora and the buildings and engineering of the Canal itself.


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Castilla Canal


Itinerary 1: Southern branch

Starts at the wharf in Valladolid and ends at El Serrón (Grijota), near to the city of Palencia. 54 kilometres and 18 canal locks. It runs through the countryside of the Pisuerga River, from Valladolid to Dueñas, and through the vineyards of Cigales, by the Carrión River, to El Serrón.

Castilla Canal


Itinerary 2: Campos branch

From Calahorra de Ribas (Ribas de Campos) to Medina de Rioseco, where the most important wharf on the Castilla Canal is found. 78 kilometres and 7 canal locks.

Castilla Canal


Itinerary 3: Northern branch

Heading north from Calahorra de Ribas to the town of Alar del Rey, where work on the canal first began over 250 years ago. 74 kilometres and 24 canal locks. The locks at Alar de Rey, Fromista and Presa del Rey are highlights, along with the Canal Visitor Centre.

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Castilla Canal


Practical information

Total distance:
You can do it on foot, by bicycle, kayak (permit required) or tourist boat.

How to complete the route:
Walking, Bicycle

Approximate time:
About 8 days with stages of 25-30 kilometres if you do it on foot. About 4 days with stages of 50-60 kilometres if you do it by bicycle.

Best time of year:
Spring, Summer

Tips and interesting facts:
There are tourist boats to cover the route in Herrera de Pisuerga, Melgar de Fernamental and Medina de Rioseco. The route is very flat and recommended for the family.