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Medieval Route of Palau-sator and Pals

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21/06/2018
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Introduction

On this route you can explore the historical heritage preserved in the streets and buildings of Palau-sator, Pals, Fontclara, Sant Feliu de Boada and Sant Julià de Boada, towns and villages with a great deal of history and some stories that are almost legends. All of this, while you walk through a rich agricultural landscape going from place to place.

The historical heritage is not the only interesting thing; there is also the natural heritage of the Baix Ter with a wide range of fauna: birds, amphibians, reptiles… as well as interesting plants you can see.

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Duration
    3 hours
  • Slope
    106.00 meters
  • Distance
    11.30 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Architecture and environment
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

This excursion starts in Palau-sator, where as soon as you leave the car, you will find the Romanesque Hermitage of Sant Pere which is outside the walls, as well as the fountain and the lavoir. Before starting the route, enter within the walls of Palau-sator through the Torre de les Hores, which is the gateway into the old part of the village. Then head uphill to see the imposing Castle of Palau-sator which is at the highest point in the village. Once you have looked around Palau-sator, it is time to head for Sant Feliu de Boada.

In about half an hour, walking through landscapes which are home to a rich variety of fauna, particularly birds, you come to Sant Feliu de Boada where you will find the village fountain and the Church of Sant Feliu which can those in larger neighbouring villages in the eye. Now set off again and head for Pals, on paths between fields that can be well covered by vegetation at some times of the year.

You enter Pals from the west, which is one of the least known parts of the town, but head towards the Plaça Major which is the entrance to its historical centre, where it is worth getting lost in the narrow streets and shops. If you climb the Torre de les Hores of Pals, you can enjoy the best views of this excursion. Do not waste any more time as there is still a long way to go. The next village is Sant Julià de Boada, small and rural and quite the opposite of Pals which has strongly encouraged tourism. The small Hermitage of Sant Julià stands out there.

Before returning to Palau-sator, all that remains for you to see is Fontclara, where the old Monastery of Sant Pau is located. Go through the Plaça de la Font before heading back to the car in the neighbouring village of Palau-sator.

Tips

Route

  • There are lots of orchids and at some points they are indicated. For this reason, this walk is especially good in the spring. 

  • The starting point is on a road where it is easy to park. The route ends in the church square in Fontanilles which is close by.

Water

  • There is a fountain in the square of the Church of Sant Romà in Llabià, but it is also important to carry plenty of water.

Precautions

  • Take care when crossing the Fontanilles-Gualta road.

Weather

  • Avoid going out in the middle of the day in the summer.

Equipment

  • It is a good idea to take binoculars for bird watching.
  • Wear a hat and sun cream on sunny days.

Other facilities

  • The Iberian city of Ullastret is close to the route. It is well worth visiting, either leaving the route or after the excursion.

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What to see in: Medieval Route of Palau-sator and Pals

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Larks

Wildlife
31/05/2018

Larks are birds which are typical of open areas such as the fields around you, especially ones with cereal crops. These birds are very well adapted to these environments as they are very well

Sant Feliu de Boada

Architecture
31/05/2018

You are now in front of the Church of Sant Feliu de Boada in the charming little village of the same name, which is part of the municipality of Palau-sator.

Beyond the restaurants and houses in the

Ivy broomrape

Flora
31/05/2018

Among the ivy you will find a rather unusual plant which looks like an asparagus. This is ivy broomrape (Orobanche hederae). Broomrapes are parasitic plants which do not perform photosynthesis. They

The Torre de les Hores

Point of interest
Architecture
21/06/2018

This twelfth-century tower was the main tower of the old Castle of Pals which was destroyed in the fifteenth century. Its current name – tower of hours – comes from the belfry at the top.

The Torre

Sant Julià de Boada

Point of interest
Architecture
21/06/2018

You are in the small village of Sant Julià de Boada, in front of its church which is a pre-Romanesque jewel of the Empordà. It was built in the ninth century and subsequently extended during the

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Point of interest
Architecture
21/06/2018

Sant Pau de Fontclara en els seus orígens, cap al segle IX, es va fundar com a monestir per l'abat Saborell, a qui avui en dia se li dedica el nom d'aquesta entranyable plaça. 

La vida monàstica va

Horsetail

Point of interest
Flora
21/06/2018

On the banks of the channels and seasonal streams of the Empordà you can easily find horsetails. Horsetails are very primitive plants which have not evolved much since plants started to colonise the

Pals and Columbus

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Others
22/06/2018

A legend or a true story? Some say that Christopher Columbus set sail from Pals. Some even claim that Columbus came from the Empordà!

The official version is that Columbus set sail on his voyage from

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El punt mes atractiu es, sense dubte, la passejada pels racons de les petites viles per les quals passem. En general, força ben conservades i netes. Llàstima que una part important del recorregut es per carretera local. A l´estiu no es recomanable, perquè es totalment al descobert.

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