Molinar Tunnel

Road trip guide: Conquering the defiant Molinar Tunnel

Túnel del Molinar is the name of a 3km long tunnel located in Albacete, in Castilla–La Mancha autonomous community of Spain.

Built in 1907 with pickaxes, shovels and explosives, the infamous tunnel, also known as Tunel del Champiñon, was designed to carry water to Central hidroeléctrica del Molinar, an abandoned hydroelectric power station. The tunnel was part of the 4 kilometer channel through which water was transported from a dam to the power station. It’s totally unpaved. The tunnel is 3km (1.86 miles) long.

Running parallel to the Jucar river, the tunnels is totally unlit. It can be traveled freely, taking the necessary precautions and having light, since due to its length, the darkness inside is total. The tunnel was abandoned in 1952.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic&video: Alejandro Palao

 

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