Rural La Garriga: Water and Irrigation



La Garriga is a town which has lived from and for agriculture for many centuries. Over hundreds of years, the pace and the needs of agricultural work and life have conditioned how the landscape, townscape and Garriguenca society have changed.

However, in La Garriga, agriculture and the centuries-old rural society built around it have all but disappeared without trace.
Through the 3 walking routes – through irrigated arable land, drylands and the urban centre – you will discover various paths, nooks and crannies and secret tales to take you back to the rural life of yesteryear.


In La Garriga, water even determined where houses could be built

Water was such an important factor in La Garriga, that together with the route followed by the royal road from the 8th century to the latter half of the 19th century, it determined the nature of the urban development.

The Monar sluice served to irrigate an extensive arable area, although it was originally built to drive the water mills. Subsequently it had a great many uses as needs emerged in the surrounding areas.

Arable farming in La Garriga began to decline at the end of the 19th century. Rural La Garriga gave way to urban La Garriga. This walking route, which passes close to the Monar sluice through the urban area, is a good way to get to know a hugely important part of La Garriga’s history that has almost completely disappeared before our very eyes.

If you feel like walking a little further you can follow the course of the River Congost towards Figaró, surrounded by riverbank vegetation, to the lock gates at the head of the sluice.

Plan the route


Download the route's brochure and discover on your own the water and irrigation Garriga!


Video VOTV: La Garriga presenta un itinerari pel recorregut del rec Monar

Prices and timetables

It is a self-guided tour, and you can do yourself for free. If you are interested, but a guided tour, see here prices and hours.


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