The water route
The water route
This route travels through places dedicated to water, on a walk in the rural area of Palou.
It intends to discover less visited places, such as the small water tanks, while at the same time visiting others that are better-known, such as the natural area of Can Cabanyes.
Exhibition “Mira el Congost” (Look at the Gorge)
The route begins in the Congost park and continues on the left-hand bank of the river Congost along the riverside walk. On the concrete wall of the canal, you can see the panels of the “Mira el Congost!” exhibition, with information about the river and its biodiversity. Then, after passing under the road, you will be walking close to the athletic track installations of Granollers. Then, you will reach the Parc Firal, a green space that hosts big events.
Masia de Can Bassa (Can Bassa country house)
Can Bassa is one of the oldest country houses in Palou. An isolated building, near the old camí Reial (Royal road) or road to Vic, in the plan of Palou, surrounded by cultivated fields, on the edge of the industrial area.
In the Can Bassa country house, you can see one of the interesting sites dedicated to water: A water pool. These types of pools, normally made of concrete, were used to store water. In many cases, they collected rainwater to have a reserve in case of drought or extraordinary need. Many of these pools were built when Palou produced hemp.
Torre de les Aigües (Water Tower)
The Torre de les Aigües is really a collection of constructions that could have originated in a defensive tower. The name comes from the chapel with an image of the marededeu de les Neus (Virgin of the Snows), invoked when rain was wanted, located inside the house. It is currently a restaurant.
The house is surrounded by fields, and we can highlight two large round concrete pools which still hold water for irrigating fields and crops.
The church of Sant Julià de Palou
The church of Sant Julià is protected as a building of local cultural interest. Nothing remains of the original Romanesque church, consecrated in 1103. The current building dates from the 16th century and is in late gothic style, with a single nave, ribbed vaulting and side chapels.
Passeig del Dr. Fàbregas
The road of Dr Fàbregas contains the schools, the teachers’ houses and the old Town Hall, designed by Jeroni Martorell, an architect trained in the Modernist style of architecture. The schools are in a detached elongated one-storey building, an example of the Noucentista style applied to a public and pedagogical use. They are currently multi-purpose spaces that are part of a civic centre.
From the church, next to a small rest area, there is a small unpaved path, the path of can Mayol, leading to can Giró and can Mayol. If you take the path towards can Giró, you can see the public wash houses. On the way to can Mayol, you can see a water channel, the wash house and a water wheel.
Masia del Junyent
Following the camí Ral, you will reach the Junyent farmhouse, where you can see some pools, a water channel and the wash house, one of the largest that have survived.
This country house was an inn, part of the network of inns that covered the old camins rals (royal roads) for resting, where muleteers and travellers have stayed for centuries.
Continuing along the camí Ral until the road, passing by can Malla and its vegetable gardens, and follow the road along until the river. Once there, pass under the bridge and continue southwards to visit Can Cabanyes.
Can Cabanyes natural area
In this area, you can find a wooded area, with a predominance of pine trees and holm oaks, a centre for environmental education and a wetland created to improve the quality of the water returning to the river from the water treatment plant. You can look around the marshes of the natural area and observe them from the different angles offered by the installation.
To return to your starting point, follow the western bank of the river towards the north until you reach the starting point, crossing the wooden footbridge behind the school area.