Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Roca del Salpaig.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Platja del Portixol.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Duna litoral a la Platja del Moll Grec.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Moll Grec.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
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The Camí de Ronda in l’Escala

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26/03/2018
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Introduction

Humankind and nature on the coast of l’Escala

The route of the Camí de Ronda in l’Escala is a varied and attractive option which runs along the coastline of the Costa Brava in the municipality of l’Escala with the mountains of the Pyrenees as a backdrop.

This route makes it possible to visit and enjoy distinctive habitats and scenery. Small islets, cliffs, coastal and inland dunes, small coves and spectacular beaches, a landscape shaped by nature and by the hand of humankind which has a special appeal.

IMPORTANT: The times and distances are only for the outward leg; the return leg has to be added.

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  • Typology
    Linear
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    2 hours 22 minutes
  • Slope
    48.00 meters
  • Distance
    8.30 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Geologia
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Humankind and nature on the coast of l’Escala

From the starting point at Cala Montgó, head towards the centre of l’Escala following the route of the GR 92. The first place of special interest is facing the Illa Mateua where the views invite you to stop and admire the scenery.

The route winds its way uphill among pines and open spaces, to where kermes oak and rosemary become dominant, sometimes sharing with orchids, lilies and daffodils. You now walk along the top of the cliffs at the beach of Salpaig and visit old bunkers very close to the port of Clota Grossa.

Next, you will walk around Cala dels Riells, where the promenade is dedicated to the Little Prince. This stretch runs right next to the coast in a built-up area.

You now come to Cala de la Creu where some old fishermen’s huts are still preserved. The views of Cap de Creus and the Pyrenees will captivate you and accompany you almost to the end of the route.

The route crosses the Rec del Molí canal. From here, follow the route of the bike track which leads you along the beaches of el Rec, el Portitxol, el Moll Grec and Empúries. All along this stretch, you walk next to the sea, among pine trees that have been planted here and unique vegetation typical of coastal dunes.

Diverted and accompanied by this stunning scenery, you will reach Sant Martí d’Empúries and the end point of the itinerary almost without realising.

Tips

Route

  • Most of the route follows trails, paths and the promenade.

Water           

  • Take water, especially in summer.
  • There are fountains in the built-up area.

Precautions

  • Do not go too close to the cliffs.
  • Respect the surroundings; remember you are in a Natural Park.
  • Keep an eye out for bicycles on the bike track section.
  • The return journey is a lot of kilometres; remember you have to come back.
  • Avoid the middle of the day in the summer.

Equipment

  • Comfortable footwear suitable for walking.
  • Hat and sun cream to protect you from the sun.
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles.
  • Binoculars for birdwatching.

Weather

  • Avoid the middle of the day in the summer.

Other facilities

  • Area with picnic tables at Horts d’en Roure, next to Sant Martí d’Empúries.

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Twisted pines

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

The tramuntana is a wind from the North Pole, which is strong and cold and accelerates as it is squeezed between the northern Pyrenees and the south-west of the Massif Central.

This wind which is...

Lichens

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

Lichens are unique living beings, as they are formed by the symbiotic relationship of a fungus and an alga. Their ability to cling to rocks and their tolerance for dry weather enable them to colonise...

Bunkers

Point of interest
Others
26/03/2018

Franco’s government, in the context of the Second World War (1939–1945), built the battery called L-6, which comprised the set of batteries to the north and south of the bay of Roses, to defend...

Cormorant

Point of interest
Wildlife
26/03/2018

Phalacrocorax carbo

The large number of caves and holes in slopes right on the coast are an ideal habitat for breeding pairs of cormorant. They occupy the nest in January and cover it with a range of...

Fishermen’s huts

Point of interest
Environment
26/03/2018

The group of fishermen’s huts in la Creu is listed in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.

The fishermen’s huts or “botigues” are evidence of the relationship between people and...

Wild olives

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Flora
26/03/2018

Olea Europaea, var. Sylvestris

You are on the Passeig d’Empúries path, specifically in the wood of Pedrigolet. To the left of the path, the dominant vegetation is groves of Aleppo pines and stone...

The coastal dune

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

​​​​​​Coastal dunes are accumulations of sand blown by the wind and deposited against a solid obstacle. This is a slow process and, without the help of stabilising plants, the dune disappears in the...

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