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Around Sobirans’ head

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06/05/2014
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Introduction

Old times at Sobirans 

The itinerary surrounds Sobiran’s basin of the stream along its header, through fountains, farmhouses and a forest area of great ecological and landscape wealth, where we can find a diversity of habitats.

The basin of Sobiran’s stream, which so many joys and so much cruelty has brought to its inhabitants, shows us here the birthplace of its birth and the history that its forests hide. Reading the points of interest that this route collects, you will learn many endemic words of the inhabitants of Arenys and the Maresme.

 

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    2 hours 50 minutes
  • Slope
    388.00 meters
  • Distance
    6.40 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Environment
    Geologia
  • Activity
    By foot
    By bike
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Description

Old times at Sobirans

The itinerary surrounds the basin of the stream of sovereigns, the famous stream of Arenys, by its head. During the ascent, we go along one of the few cultivated areas that Can Framis still conserves on this side of the valley. The path is steep and craved, it has been dug naturally on the terroir, which is how here it is called the fresh granite that begins to break down.

From time to time, the views of the valley open along the way, and we can observe small landscape mosaics. The riverside forest follows the torrents, the runes of the farmhouses stand out among the vegetation, in the highest zones we see woods dominated by the holm oak, there are also chestnut trees, while in the most exposed areas, pines are found and some stain of corks.

The route follows the back of the Three Hills (Tres Turons), in the Parc del Montnegre and El Corredor, which includes the Vilanegra hill (531 m), the hill of the Middle (Turó del Mig) (555 m) and the Hill of the Montalt (596 m). The route shows a forest area of great ecological and landscape richness, where we can find a great diversity of habitats.

Going back and downhill, once again, this formerly exploited and inhabited valley has been discovered, where it had come to make coal, and now it has a dense forest mass where the biological succession returns the vegetation to its original state. Reading the points of interest that collects this route you will know a handful of words of the “arenyenca” grammar, such as aiguaroja, bagueny, fondo, snake eye(ull de serp), terroir (terrer). We thank Gaspar Casals and Ariadna Abadal for their collaboration and support on this route.

 

Tips

PATH

 

  • The itinerary goes along an area with low GPS coverage, download the off-line route at home to be safer
  • In the first part of the route there is a remarkable climb slope
  • The final part has strong downwards hills, be careful not to slip with the sand.

 

WATER

  • The “AiguaRoja” fountain does not run all year, bring water in your backpack.

WEATHER

  • The route passes through forest areas, there is a shadow for most of the route.
  • Avoid walking it raining, you can slip very easily.

LAND

  • It is a terrain where it is easy to slide, watch out for the downwards hills, they are pretty sharp.
  • Bring comfortable footwear with a durable sole.

MATERIAL

  • Camera and binoculars for views from the highest points.

 

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What to see in: Around Sobirans’ head

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Ca l'Artés

Point of interest
Architecture
06/05/2014

Former cottage of Can Cot and now known as Ca l'Artés or “El Cortijo”. Mr. Artés rebuilt the house with Andalusian style motifs, to remember his land of origin, Almería. Reciprocating Almeria and

Camí Fondo

Point of interest
Geology
06/05/2014

The route through which this itinerary run has been naturally dug into the terroir, part of the granite that begins to break down. These formations, fenced in, are known as “fondos”, and are typical

Font AiguaRoja

Point of interest
Environment
06/05/2014

A well-known old Fountain in the town. It is a slope fountain, with the characteristic of being rich in iron, hence its name “AiguaRoja”, we can compare it if we observe the yellowish color that takes

Riverside vegetation

Point of interest
Flora
Geology
06/05/2014

The path bends and widens to leave space for the Can Jaume Alzina fountain, in an environment of riverside vegetation at the headwaters of Sobirans’ stream.

The riverside forest we find in this basin

Can Jaume Alzina

Point of interest
Landscapes
06/05/2014

Farmhouse in ruins of which the walls are only preserved. The bushes and other vegetation have conquered the space and accessing is impossible. From here the view over the Sobirans’ valley is

Rupit’s Cross

Point of interest
Others
06/05/2014

Contrary to what is believed, the name of the Rupit’s Cross (Creu de Rupit) refers to a crossroad. It's an old word like others here in the Maresme: Collsacreu, La Creueta, La Creu de Canet. All of

Alzinar del Turó del Mig

Point of interest
Flora
06/05/2014

We are at the foot of the “Turó del Mig” (550 m), in front of a single-footed oak forest. The specimens are tall, with a large harbor and the niches of which form a shady forest. The underbrush is

Pedra de la Ferradura

Point of interest
Geology
06/05/2014

It is a large block of granite located between the “Turó de Montalt” (596 m) and “Turó del Mig” (550 m), where the municipal limits of Arenys de Munt, Dosrius and Sant Vicenç de Montalt come together.

Castanyers d'en Ponet

Point of interest
Flora
06/05/2014

At the edge of the three hills and other shores, we find, discarded, abandoned chestnut plantations. They are the testimony of the only chestnut farms in the Maresme. Now, where the natural forest

Corral d'en Forn

Point of interest
Architecture
06/05/2014

17th-18th century farmhouse located on the SW hillside of the “Turó de Ca l'Amar”. Architecturally it is not one of the farmhouses to emphasize, but located around the 400 meters of altitude was one

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