Torre Begura. Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit.
Vistes al Montplà i el Montgrí. Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit.
El Ter Vell amb les Illes Medes al fons. Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit.
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The Baix Ter: Land of pirates

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25/04/2016
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Introduction

Farmland, the Ter Vell and defence towers

This flat bike route mainly runs through orchards, arable land and rice fields. The route first visits the mouth of the Ter river, and next heads to the old course of the Ter river, a special place where you can stop to watch birds from a beautiful viewpoint. It then leaves the viewpoint and heads for the beach of l’Estartit where the Medes Islands are close at hand.

Back in Torroella de Montgrí, you can admire fortified farmhouses like Torre Begura, evidence of a past where the danger of invasion was ever-present.

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    For families
  • Duration
    1 hour 35 minutes
  • Slope
    12.00 meters
  • Distance
    20.77 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Architecture and environment
  • Activity
    By bike
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Description

Farmland, the Ter Vell and defence towers

This route starts from the car park in the old Horta d’en Quintana, following the Passeig el Ter in the shade of an avenue of banana trees, before turning to the right and continuing through the Horts del Tamarigar. Be very careful when crossing the road to Pals. The route then follows the Rec del Molí for a few metres before turning right towards the Mas de l’Horta d’en Quintana a few metres further on.

Here you are surrounded by orchards of fruit trees on both sides of the route which runs almost parallel to the course of the river Ter to it mouth, the Gola. At this point, you turn to the north heading towards the Ter Vell, a special place where you must stop to watch birds.

After this, carry on along the promenade of the beach at l’Estartit as far as the tourism office. At this point, retrace your steps as far as the les Medes campsite, where you turn off towards the Mas d’en Pi and Torre Begura. On this section of the route you can see several fortified farmhouses, such as Torre Begura close by and Torre Quintaneta and Torre Martina on the other side of the road.

You now carry on towards the Molí del Mig, an old mill converted into a rural hotel, until you re-join the route you took on the way out, all the way to the car park.

Tips

ROUTE

  • Wide sandy tracks alternate with paved stretches.
  • Make sure you do not leave the marked paths. Remember you are in sensitive areas of the Natural Park.

FACILITIES

  • There is small picnic area in the Parc de la Pineda next to the beach of l’Estartit.

WATER

  • Bring plenty of water, especially in summer.
  • There is a fountain in the Parc de la Pineda at l’Estarit beach.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Respect people’s properties and the surroundings in general. You are in a Natural Park.
  • Avoid the middle of the day in high summer, and in any case, take precautions to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Take care crossing the Pals road.
  • Take care riding on the promenade.

WEATHER

  • The path can be uncomfortable on days with strong wind.

TERRAIN

  • The whole route is flat and follows comfortable trails.
  • Some short passages with deep sand make riding a bike difficult.

EQUIPMENT

  • Protection from the sun or wind if necessary.
  • Camera.
  • Binoculars and bird guide for birdwatching.
  • On all of the mountain bike routes we recommend wearing a helmet and gloves, as well as a puncture repair kit and a basic tool kit (Allen keys and chain tool).

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What to see in: The Baix Ter: Land of pirates

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Crops

Point of interest
Flora
25/04/2016

​​​​​​You are now on the Ter’s floodplain with its very fertile soil, like most of the land in the region, something which has enabled a great variety of crops to proliferate. Intensive irrigated...

Cypress windbreak

Point of interest
Environment
25/04/2016

These linear formations, in this case cypresses but elsewhere black poplars, banana plants, ashes, etc., are typical of the Baix Ter, and as well as from their scenic value, they are very important...

Kestrel

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/04/2016

Falco tinnunculus

This diurnal bird of prey from the falcon family is fairly common and easy to identify thanks to the distinctive way its flies when hunting. It can hover in the air, quickly...

The Ter Vell

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2016

​​​​Before you is the old mouth of the river Ter. During the first half of the nineteenth century, after a series of proposals, the river was redirected, moving the point where it flows into the sea a...

The Medes Islands

Point of interest
Landscapes
25/04/2016

​​​​​The range of environments and extraordinary biodiversity of the waters surrounding this small archipelago, located just a mile from the town of L’Estartit in the middle of the Costa Brava, make...

African tamarisk

Point of interest
Flora
25/04/2016

This shrub or small tree is a species which is very well adapted to soil with high salinity. It grows in sand and coastal lagoons along rivers and watercourses.

Its twigs and bark used to be used as...

TORRE BEGURA

Point of interest
Architecture
25/04/2016

This fortified farmhouse located on the plain of the Ter river, was built on an old Roman villa on a small raise in the ground. It is 22 metres high and has four floors at different heights with small...

Water mills

Point of interest
Architecture
25/04/2016

You continue following the course of the Rec del Ter Vell, heading upstream. This channel, in the middle ages supplied water to the three mills of Torroella; the Molí de Dalt (upper mill) at the...

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