La Torre Ferrana. Bellcaire d'Empordà.
Mas Cremat. Parc Natural del Montgrí.
Illes Medes des de la Gola del Ter. Parc Natural del Montgrí.
Mas Ral amb el Montgrí al fons. Torroella de Montgrí.
Les Illes Medes des de la platja de l'Estartit.
Ullà.
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Bike tour of the Natural Park 2/2

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25/04/2018
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Introduction

Montgrí, the Baix Ter and the rice fields

The second of two stages touring the Montgrí, Illes Medes and Baix Ter Natural Park. This route passes through the western part of the foothills of the Montgrí Massif, the coastline of l’Estartit with the Medes Islands in front, the lower course of the river Ter and the Gola del Ter and also the rice fields of Pals.

A bike route most notable for nature and landscape.

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  • Typology
    Crossing
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    3 hours 56 minutes
  • Slope
    195.00 meters
  • Distance
    51.30 km
  • Theme
    Environment
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By bike
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Description

Montgrí, the Baix Ter and the rice fields

This second stage of the cycle tour of the Natural Park starts at the beach of Riells in l’Escala and skirts the area of les Planasses until it reaches the Camí dels Termes, which it follows as far as Mas Puig, where it leaves this trail to follow the Camí dels Estanys towards the south.

You can admire the fortified farmhouse of Torre Ferrara and the little village of Sobrestany en route to the small village of Ullà. You pass through the town of Torroella and head to the beach of l’Estartit following the old route from Torroella to l’Escala, admiring some fortified farmhouses on the way.

While you pass along the beach of l’Estartit heading towards the Ter Vell, you can enjoy the unmatched views of the Medes Islands. You now follow the Camí del Mar, parallel to the Rec del Ter Vell, heading for Torroella de Montgrí, where you cross the river Ter and follow its course downstream to its mouth at the Gola del Ter and beach of la Fonollera.

Tips

Route

  • Most of the route follows quiet roads and comfortable tracks.

Water           

  • Take water, especially in summer.
  • You can get water from the fountains in the villages.

Precautions

  • Look out for cars on the road sections and on crossroads with them.

Equipment

  • Wearing a helmet is compulsory when riding a bike.
  • Check your bicycle and make sure it is well maintained.
  • Take a spare inner tube, pump and Allen keys.
  • Protection in sunny weather. Sunglasses, hat, sun cream.
  • Suitable clothing on windy days or if rain is forecast.
  • Binoculars for watching birds and for the viewpoints.
  • Camera.

Weather

  • Check the weather forecast before starting the route.
  • Strong winds can increase the route’s difficulty.

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Path of the Termes

Point of interest
Environment
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The Council of l’Escala has restored this old route, which, interestingly, is the boundary between the regions of the Baix and Alt Empordà, and has rebuilt dry-stone walls on both sides of it.

The

Torre Ferrana

Point of interest
Architecture
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​​​​​This is a fortified farmhouse. Its architectural structure shows that a defence tower with a square floorplan was built close to the original farmhouse during the sixteenth and seventeenth

The Medes Islands

Point of interest
Geology
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​​​​​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

The Ter Vell

Point of interest
Geology
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​​​​​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

Torre Begura

Point of interest
Architecture
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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

Riverside woodland

Point of interest
Flora
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​​​​​Riverside woods are woods in the form of a narrow band, in this case following the course of the river Ter, which are deciduous and are on land which is constantly damp owing to a high

The Gola del Ter

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2018

​​​​​​The Gola is the name given to the mouth of the river Ter. In its final stretch, the Ter becomes a Mediterranean estuary, with the river’s fresh water mixing with sea water, creating very

Rice fields

Point of interest
Environment
25/04/2018

​​​​​We have to go back to the fifteenth century to find the first mentions of rice cultivation on the Baix Ter plain. Despite the health risk of serious illnesses associated with mosquitos, this crop

The Basses d’en Coll

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2018

​​​​​The Basses d’en Coll, located at the mouth of the river Daró, is a system of two ponds which comprise the mouth of the Rec del Molí, into which the water from the rice fields of Pals flows. They

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