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SOUTH MONTGRÍ PARK MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE

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16/06/2018
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Introduction

We encourage you to do this delightful route and discover the beauty and all of the scenic nuances offered by the Empordà plain. This route takes you into pine woods on seaside sand dunes and enables you to discover the flora and fauna of the river Ter, find out how a mill from the time of the knights irrigates all of the right-hand side of the river Ter and discover the rational and harmonious Romanesque architecture of the churches in the different places you visit along the way.

This is quite a long route but as the terrain is flat, it is always easy to take a break and start pedalling again.

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    4 hours 40 minutes
  • Slope
    310.00 meters
  • Distance
    42.00 km
  • Theme
    Environment
    Architecture and environment
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By bike
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Description

The first pedal strokes are in the municipality of Pals, in the free car park in the centre of the town. The route sets off towards the sea, specifically Pals beach. On the track that separates you from the coast, you will pass through immense coastal pine woods, some of which grow on sand dunes. When you reach the beach of el Racó with the Medes Islands standing out on the left, you find yourself on a very long sandy beach and will find out about the vegetation that grows and survives in this inhospitable environment.

Once you leave Pals beach behind, you enter an unquestionably unique territory: the Basses d’en Coll, where you can spot all sorts of birds if you keep your binoculars handy. On leaving these ponds, you follow a good stretch of the lower part of the river Ter. There you will find an information point dedicated to explaining the flora and fauna, where, if you are lucky, you might be visited by an inhabitant of the river. From here, your route and the route of the river take different paths.

You will go to the village of Gualta where you can discover the medieval mill from the fourteenth century and the history behind it. Next you will discover the twelfth-century Church of Sant Martí de Fontanilles with its distinctive Romanesque structure with baroque alterations.

After an intense uphill stretch you come to Llabià, a village of just over 50 inhabitants which has a very large twelfth-century Romanesque church.

Finally, you come to Fontclara where you will find the Monastery of Sant Pau with its apse decorated with thirteenth-century paintings.

A route full of nature and landscapes where you will discover a series of villages in the Baix Empordà.

Tips

Route 

  • A physically quite demanding route, it is long and has steep climbs. Remember to rest, take breaks and stay hydrated.
  • It is important to follow the signals of the track for the route as the ones on the route can sometimes go unnoticed.
  • Ninety per cent of the route is on tracks. 

Water

  • There are no sources of water anywhere on the route.
  • Take water from home.
  • It is important to hydrate at least once an hour while doing intensive activities.

Precautions

  • Wear a helmet and clothing in visible colours; this way when you are riding on the road, vehicles can see you from further away and you can help avoid unnecessary mishaps.
  • Remember to drink frequently and stop for food.
  • If you are planning to do the route on your own, make sure you tell someone your itinerary and all of the relevant information so they know where you are at all times.
  • Keep an eye out for cars and motorbikes using the trail.

Weather

  • Wear sun cream if you plan to do it at times with strong sun, like spring or summer.
  • Do not do the route if it has rained a lot or if heavy rain is forecast, as there might be flooding and the sandy ground can become hard to ride on.

Terrain

  • This is rocky and sandy so make sure to use suitable tyres.
  • Some stretches can be muddy after rain.

Equipment

  • Hardwearing footwear, or specialist mountain bike shoes.
  • A camera (if you can fit it in your rucksack)
  • Take equipment to repair or replace inner tubes in case you get a puncture. 
  • Gloves and helmet.

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What to see in: SOUTH MONTGRÍ PARK MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE

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Pine woods on sand

Point of interest
Environment
16/06/2018

As you have probably noticed, it gets gradually harder and harder to pedal and your progress slows. You are in a forest of Aleppo pine and stone pine, but what explains your slower progress is that...

El Racó beach

Point of interest
Landscapes
16/06/2018

You are at the start of the beach of Pals. This beach is where the Costa Brava stops being wild for a few kilometres. Going a few metres to the right along the coastline you come to the Illa Roja Cove...

Dune vegetation

Point of interest
Flora
16/06/2018

Wherever you look in front of you, there is sand accompanied by vegetation. Dune or psammophyte vegetation is adapted to living in the sand and is usually adapted to conditions with high salinity. As...

The Basses d’en Coll

Point of interest
Environment
16/06/2018

The Basses d’en Coll is a system of two ponds which form the mouth of the Rec del Molí (a channel which you will see further on in this route) into which the water from the rice fields of Pals flows....

The lower section of the river Ter platform

Point of interest
Wildlife
16/06/2018

Situated on the lower section of the Ter, just a few kilometres from its mouth, is this platform for watching river fauna and flora. From here you can see various plant species, both autochthonous and...

Molí de Gualta and the Rec del Molí

Point of interest
Architecture
16/06/2018

This water mill dates back to the medieval period, when fiefs and feudal lords ruled, specifically the fourteenth century. At that time, it belonged to the Counts of Peralda. This channel irrigates...

Sant Martí de Fontanilles

Point of interest
Architecture
16/06/2018

In the municipality of Fontanilles, we find this important Romanesque church from the twelfth century. This structure is listed in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. The...

Sant Romà de Llabià

Point of interest
Architecture
16/06/2018

You are in Llabià; a small village with 52 inhabitants according to the 2007 census, which is part of the municipality of Fontanilles. In front of you is the twelfth-century Romanesque Church of Sant...

Sant Pau de Fontclara

Point of interest
Architecture
16/06/2018

This is an old and short-lived monastic house. In 889 the abbot who founded it received an order of immunity and confirmation of goods and property from King Odo of France. It is now a Romanesque...

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