The wetland of La Nava is located at 2 kilometer of the village of Fuentes de Nava and 25 kms. Nordwest of Palencia.It host 210 bird species.From October to March more than 42.000 birds were counted,included 10.000 geese (anser anser) and mallards.In spring there are coots,lapwings and more.The lagoon is almost dry in summer and is the opportunity for storks (more than 900) and 25000 mallards.Rare species:Branta leucopsis,anser albifrons,anas americana,etc.Endangered species such as acrocephalus paludicola..
The Center of Envinronmental Studies is open for visitors:
October 15 to April 1:Wed.,Thu.and Fri.:17.00-19.00. Sat.and Sun. 11.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00.
April 1 to August 25:Wed.,Thu. and Fri.:17.00-20.00. Sat.and Sun.:11.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.00.
Some students of Biology and Envinronmental Sciences come here to work in Summer.
Covalagua is a natural area comprising a cave (Cueva de los Franceses),the viewpoint of Valcavado and a river emerging from a cave whose name is the same of the area,Covalagua.
The viewpoint is 1220 meter above sea level and you can see Valderredible Valley 100 meter down.
Cueva de los Franceses has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.The temperature inside is 8 degrees C.
Covalagua is situated in the North of the province,near the village Revilla de Pomar.
Fuentes Carrionas Nature Park
This an area stretching out Northern Palencia.Wonderful scenary in the mountains.
There is a kind of museum called Casa del Parque in Cervera.
You can choose 3 interesting routes:
1.-From the very little village of Cardaño de Arriba to Lomas lake.7 kms.
2.-From Brañosera to the shelter house Golobar.8 kms.3 hours on foot.
3.-Going up to Curavacas Peak (2525 m.) from Vidrieros.5 kms. but 1250 meter uphill.
Tejeda de Tosande (Tosande Yew Forest)
Yew was a sacred tree for the celts.The northern Spain tribesmen commited suicide with yew trees seeds or yew bark before being captured for the romans.
At the Nord of Palencia province there is an important yew forest;some of the trees are more than 1000 years old and it's necessary at least 8 people to embrace it.
ROUTE.-On the road C-624,Cervera-Guardo,there is a parking by the K.5.Here starts a path of 6 kms.more or less.
Canal de Castilla
Everybody can an easy and nice walk along the Castile Canal.I mean,in Palencia town.The starting point is very close to dowtown,1 km.away from Plaza Mayor.This canal corner is called La Dársena.
The canal is 207 kms.long with a the differences of level of 150 meter.It was the most important civil engineering work in Europe in the XVIII Century.It was very used by the years 60 of XIX Century,when many barges (up to 400) went over the canal.At the beginning were used men or mules to tug the barges. It had many mills also ,because in Castile there are many wheat fields. When a railways line was established its importance decreased dramatically.Today is used for watering only.
The Big Oak Tree (Roblón de Estalaya)
This oak tree is supposed more than 700 years old,perhaps 1 thousand.
It is in the middle of a misture of beech grove and oakwood.
The track beginns near the village of Vañes on the road frm Cervera to Potes.
Time:1,5 to 2 hours.
Through this nice bridge (Puentecillas) for pedestrians you arrive in El Sotillo,a wonderful green area with big chestnut trees.Palencia is the second town in Spain with more meters per person of gardens.Vitoria is the first one.
92 kms.to the North of Palencia and 7 kms.to the South of Aguilar de Campoo is the village of Villaescusa de las Torres.Here is a path to this area;it is like a labyrinth of lime stones:huge mushrooms,natural bridges,canyons,little caves...
More and more people go to the pinewoods in central Palencia province to collect "níscalos" (Lactarius deliciusus) in October and November,until the first frozen days.
The province of Palencia (specially its northern half) has the biggest concrentation of Romanesque art in Europe.