The ravines of the Friars and El Palmar are actually two sections of the same axis. The ravine of the friars or of “Godella” descends from the Miocene Epoch relief passes in Burjassot-Lliria underneath the Royal Irrigation Canal of  Montcada to Massarrojos and fades into its orchards in the place known as la marsh of Montcada. Near Borbotó the ravine surface takes shape again, and takes the name of te irrigation channel of El Palmar or of the fountain, and then heads for the sea crossing the lands irrigated by the irrigation ditches of Mestalla and Rascanya, to eventually under the name Vera irrigation canal.

Traditionally, this ravine preserved what remained of the marsh vegetation and even the sludge and upwelling water that allowed for a permanent flow of water towards the coast. Its bottom, deep and flat between Godella and Massarrojos, drained its flows towards the aquifers of the wet areas popularly known as Marsh of Montcada. The dismantling of this depression ended with the uplift of Carpesa, around the fountain of Santa Ana, where the paleocanal of the source of the irrigation channel started, initially a channel on the outskirts of the historical jurisdiction of the Francs and Marjals of the city of Valencia. Since the 18th century the section between Carpesa and Alboraya was closely linked to the area irrigated by the irrigation channel of Rascanya. Indeed, the latter canal of the left margin of the Túria was crossed over by this paleocanal at the place known as the “Racò de l’Anell” (Quiet Ring), between the rural base of the same name and the border line of “Tavernes Blanques” (White Taverns).
Unfortunately, an unfortunate intervention by the Hydrographic Confederation of Xúquer artificially remodeled this green corridor, destroying the vegetation of the margins of the ravines. This unnecessarily harsh action redirected the ravines toward the stream bed of the Carraixet using two conduits in order to avoid damage caused by the floods to the ancient road from Barcelona and to the Palmaret of Alboraia.


P. CARMONA, La formació de la plana al·luvial de València. Geomorfologia, hidrologia i georaqueologia de l'espai litoral del Túria, Edicions Alfons el Magnànim. IVEI, 1990.

A. M. CAMARASA BELMONTE, Génesis de crecidas en pequeñas cuencas semiáridas. Barranc de Carraixet y Rambla del Poyo, MOPU-Confederación Hidrográfica del Júcar, 1995.


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