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PALS BEACH, GOLA DEL TER AND RICE FIELDS

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25/04/2016
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Introduction

Ponds, irrigation channels and rice fields in the Baix Ter

This is a family route. It is completely flat and is ideal for doing by bike. This route passes through vineyards and rice fields and follows irrigation channels next to the Daró Vell between fields of crops. You can see perfect groves of black poplar as you follow the course of the Ter to its mouth.

On the final stretch of the route, you can stop at different ponds to see the wide variety of birds and amphibians, some of them, like the European pond turtle, at risk of extinction.

If you have the chance to do this route when the rice fields are flooded, the experience can be unforgettable.

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  • Typology
    Time Circular
  • Difficulty
    For families
  • Duration
    1 hour 3 minutes
  • Slope
    22.00 meters
  • Distance
    15.70 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By bike
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Description

Ponds, irrigation channels and rice fields in the Baix Ter

This route starts from the information point at Les Basses d’en Coll, heading towards Can Tifa and Can Marcel•lo, and you are immediately surrounded by rice fields. You must take care on some paved sections you encounter before reaching the Mas Gelabert.

Close to the Mas Gelabert and the Serres de Pals golf course, you cross the Riera d’en Caixà, at the point where it joins the Rec del Molí de Pals and the Riera Nova, and you head towards the Daró Vell.

If you are lucky enough to be doing the route between the months of April and October and also in part of the winter, the rice fields will be flooded and you can enjoy the biodiversity of this unique ecosystem.

You now head towards the Mas Pla, with views of an outstanding black poplar grove and then straight away walk between perfectly aligned banana trees, just before encountering the course of the Ter.

Here, you turn to the right, heading towards the mouth of the river, flanked by riverside vegetation and with views of the Mongrí and the Montplà as a backdrop. You are close to the Gola del Ter for a short while, before heading back a few metres to continue towards la Fonollera.

The route now passes through Aleppo pine groves, ponds and irrigation channels heading towards rice fields again. At the Barraca d’en Quaranta, head to the left to follow the Rec for a few metres until you reach the Basses d'en Coll ponds and the starting point.

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.

WATER

  • Bring plenty of water, especially in summer.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Respect people’s private property 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.

WEATHER

  • The route 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: PALS BEACH, GOLA DEL TER AND RICE FIELDS

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Views of Montgrí

Point of interest
Landscapes
25/04/2016

From this part of the Ter plain, the panoramic views are stunning.

From right to left, the mountains of Torre Maura and Torre Moratxa stand out first overlooking l’Estartit, with Montplà, Montgrí and...

THE DARÓ VELL

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2016

You are now at a point on the old bed of the river Daró and so we will take advantage to explain the reasons which caused the change in the course of this river which is now a tributary of the Ter.

T...

Wading birds

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/04/2016

Most wading birds eat small invertebrates which they catch in the mud or on land and have evolved different length beaks depending on what food they obtain so they do not compete with other species. 

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Riverside vegetation

Point of interest
Flora
25/04/2016

Riverside woods are woodlands 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 groundwater...

Ducks on the Ter

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/04/2016

Although their natural habitat is the ponds and flooded rice fields of the Park, various species of duck also stop in the sections of the lower stretch of the Ter with calm water during their...

LA GOLA

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2016

La Gola és el nom que rep la desembocadura del Ter. El ter en el seu tram final funciona com un estuari mediterrani, barrejant aigua dolça del riu amb aigua del mar, creant condicions de salinitat i...

European pond turtle

Point of interest
Wildlife
25/04/2016

Emys orbicularis

This is one of the reptiles which is native to Catalonia. It is classed as a protected native wildlife species and is currently threatened with extinction. 

While it used to be very...

The Basses d’en Coll

Point of interest
Geology
25/04/2016

The Basses d’en Coll, located at the mouth of the river Daró, are 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 form...

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Hem fet la ruta a peu i hem estat unes 3 hores i mitja sense aturar-se gaire només per fer fotos. Passes pel mig del arrosas de Pals i pel costat del riu Ter i el castell de Montgrí el fons, una ruta molt xula
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