An important legacy of rural hydraulic engineering

The imposing structure that stands before you is the Valencia de Alcántara aqueduct. This magnificent construction surprises people with its dimensions and its unevenness in the middle of the countryside.

In the past, it was used to carry water along a distance of 8 kilometres, from the “Malpica Fountain” to the town, and it was built to cross the ford on the Peje stream. This water conduit was restored in the middle of the 18th century and it was extended to the town’s interior in the middle of the 19th century.

Take a step back and take a look at the slope of this monument. Observe how its lower part and its restored upper part can be clearly distinguished.

Walk under its arches and marvel at its height, observe the surrounding landscape and enjoy the amazing view. Continue your walk into town to continue discovering its history and to learn more about the way of life here in the centuries leading up to the present day.

This unique construction is highly memorable and it is well worth immortalizing with your camera!

The base of the aqueduct is made up of several arches. At one time, there were 17 of them with another 20 smaller ones at the top to “make the construction lighter”, this being the raised part of a water conduit that ran from San Pedro de los Majarretes to the so-called “Charca” (Pool). It is made up of granite ashlars and the upper part was rebuilt in the 18th century, its restoration being fully completed by the end of the 19th century. It measures about 170 meters in length and 20 in height.

Although it has long been believed to be a Roman Aqueduct, according to recent research, the origin of the monument can be traced back to the 16th century and the Franciscan Community that lived in the town at that time.

Did you know that…

  • Thanks to this monument, water was brought to the centre of the town and, later, to all of the town’s residences.