We’ll cycle from Palencia to Villamuriel de Cerrato until reaching the triple lock located in Soto Alburez, where we’ll find the two styles of lock, oval and rectangular.
The next town is Dueñas, a must for sightseeing. Declared ‘Historic Artistic Ensemble’ in 1967, it features narrow, steep streets that conserve traditional half-timbered houses. In addition, it boasts four bodega districts where you can visit a cave house.
We’ll continue to enjoy the beauty of the locks and the charming bridges that we find along the way. These bridges also make it possible for us to visit towns along the canal. For example, almost 8 km from the start of the route, we’ll find lock no. 39 and the bridge leading to Trigueros del Valle, Cubillas de Santa Marta and Valoria La Buena.
The itinerary crosses the Cigales Wine Route, so from Dueñas to Cigales, you can visit interesting age-old wineries in these towns and enjoy the wine from the designation of origin, also known as ‘the wine of the canal’, as its waters irrigate the vineyards of several wineries. If you’re travelling with your family, don’t miss the Haunted Castle in Trigueros del Valle, a magical and original place with very special inhabitants.
Following the itinerary, before arriving at Cabezón de Pisuerga, on the Palazuelos Bridge, we recommend taking a little detour to visit the Monastery of Santa María de Palazuelos, seat of the Cistercian Order in the 16th century.
The Pisuerga River and the Canal are almost parallel to one another, so you can see groves and habitats where all kinds of birds and flora abound.
We arrive in Valladolid, which was the capital of the kingdom from 1601 to 1606 and the witness of important historical events such as the coronation of Ferdinand III as King of Castilla, the wedding of the Catholic Monarchs, and the death of Christopher Columbus. Valladolid is associated with great writers, such as Cervantes, Zorrilla and Miguel Delibes.
Discover its important artistic legacy by visiting buildings such as the Cathedral, the Church of La Antigua, San Pablo, San Benito, the University, and the Plaza Mayor. It also has magnificent museums such as the National Sculpture Museum, which treasures one of Europe’s best collections of polychrome sculpture.