El Azud of the Algars River
A perfect place to spend an afternoon bathing or even to enjoy a picnic prepared by Les Capçades is by the blueness of the River Algars also known as the Azud de Lledó. Made at the foot of an imposing viaduct by where the Azud railway once ran and built with concrete, the river wall making it into a swimming pool in the countryside with large surface rocks eroded by the River.
The word azud comes from Arabic and means barrier that was to raise the level of the flow of a river in order to divert the irrigation ditches.
The Azun is one of the oldest hydraulic systems of irrigation with traditional methods, also serves to feed the canals for irrigation, supplied water to the washing areas and troughs and was also used to move water mills, taking advantage of its strength, deeply rooted in the Mediterranean area especially in the orchards of Valencia and Murcia. They are usually concrete structures shaped curve to adapt to the dynamic force of the water in this way minimizes friction with the same what prevents erosion of the construction.
The Azud de Lledó, the name by which it is known administratively actually belongs to the municipality of Horta de Sant Joan since the River Algars serves as administrative border between the regions of Terra Alta, in addition to be the border of the provinces of Tarragona, Teruel, Aragon is accessed by diverting the road of Horta de Sant Joan at Valderobres taking the deflection towards the population of Lledó or by the Via Verda, a few hundred meters on you can see the crossing of the bridge over the river that marks the border between Aragon and Catalonia finding the village only a few hundred meters away and although mostly is Catalan-speaking, belong to the province of Teruel.