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Montgrí and Baix Ter Route 2/4

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30/05/2018
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Stage 2. From Torroella to Pals through the villages of the heart of the Empordanet

The second stage of the Montgrí and Baix Ter Route starts in Plaça del Lledoner in Torroella de Montgrí, a start and end point shared with the other stages, and leads to Pals through the villages of the heart of the Empordanet. After passing through Gualta, this stage goes through the forest-agriculture landscape of the Empordanet, passing through or making short visits to the villages of Llabià, Fontanilles, Palau-sator, Fontclara and Sant Julià de Boada and ending in Pals.

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  • Typology
    Crossing
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    6 hours 40 minutes
  • Slope
    170.00 meters
  • Distance
    20.50 km
  • Theme
    Environment
    Architecture and environment
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
    By bike
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Description

Stage 2. From Torroella to Pals through the villages of the heart of the Empordanet

The route leaves Torroella de Montgrí to seek out the bridge over the river Ter, the main entrance and exit to the town. It then immediately follows the Ter bank route and the final stretch of the new branch of the river Daró, heading towards Gualta, with its old bridge and mill, which it passes through virtually from one end to the other.

The route leaves Gualta on a short climb to the top of Puig de la Font Pascuala, which is not very tall, but is high enough to provide a panoramic view of all of the Baix Ter plain, the Begur Mountains as far as the bare Montgrí Massif and the whole extension of the fields of rice and other crops, which take advantage of the fluvial and coastal plain.

Further on, after another turn around the feet of the promontory but on the opposite face, you join the track connecting Llabià to the villages to the south of its plain. From here, you make a foray as far as Llabià to enjoy the second panoramic view of the day, this time of the Ullastret plain.

The track then leads you to paths passing by centuries-old olive trees en route to Fontanilles, a village which breathes rural calm and simplicity. Further on, you can explore one of the highlights of the area, the walled village of Palau-sator, which you pass through on its most picturesque streets, enjoying the old castle and the slender Torre de les Hores. More track, now to Fontclara and finally Sant Julià de Boada, quiet villages that, in addition to Palau-sator comprise the municipality.

All that remains now is the final stretch to Pals, which takes you to this hilltop town, one of the favourites of the Catalan writer Josep Pla in order to appreciate the contemplative qualities of the landscape of the Empordanet. Do not miss out on following in his footsteps through his old town to the top of the Pedró, where the viewpoint that bears his name is located. There is nothing like it!

Tips

ROUTE

  • A very easy route, entirely on well-made rural tracks and paths with a few stretches on roads.

WATER

  • Water can be found in all of the villages. Nonetheless, the itinerary is long, and we recommend taking a full bottle from the start.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Some of the tracks you walk on can be very busy with tractors and other vehicles depending on the time of the year. It is better to walk on the left-hand side facing the direction of travel at all times.

WEATHER

  • The route is very open and has little shade. Protect yourself well from the effects of the sun.

TERRAIN

  • The terrain is easy throughout all of the route.

EQUIPMENT

  • Hiking poles might help on the long trail sections.
  • Binoculars and a camera for watching birdlife and photographing the villages of the Empordanet.

OTHER FACILITIES

You will have no trouble finding a wide variety of bars, restaurants, accommodation, tourist services and information about the area in Pals, Torrorella de Montgrí, Gualta and Palau-sator. In the other villages the route passes through, facilities are limited or non-existent.

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What to see in: Montgrí and Baix Ter Route 2/4

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The banks of the Baix Ter

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Environment
30/05/2018

The riverside woods, which are well preserved, have an important environmental and scenic function, with the presence of native species such as white willow (Salix alba), narrow-leafed ash (Fraxinus...

Pont Vell de Gualta

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Architecture
30/05/2018

A bridge over the river Daró made from stone in the sixteenth century and with five low arches with different spans. It is 45 metres long and three metres wide. On its deck, you can still see the...

Santa Maria de Gualta

Point of interest
Architecture
30/05/2018

Located in the highest part of the village, in the middle of the original settlement, this church is accessed by a set of stairs which join Carrer Major. The parish church is first mentioned in a...

El rec i el molí de Gualta

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Architecture
30/05/2018

This mill was built in the seventeenth century by the Counts of Peralda, taking advantage of the Rec del Molí and a pre-existing fortified structure. The building has been declared a Cultural Asset of...

Puig de la Font Pasquala

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Landscapes
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At 90 metres, this is one of the small hills of the Baix Ter. From this peak, even though it is not very tall, you can see a great panorama of the Baix Ter, from the outlines of the Begur Mountains...

Sant Romà de Llabià

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Architecture
30/05/2018

Llabià is a small and very well looked-after village in the municipality of Fontanilles. Its special location on a small viewpoint overlooking the plain which spreads out at its feet is presided over...

Agroforestry landscape

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Environment
07/06/2018

The agroforestry landscape of the Empordanet forms part of a larger landscape characterised by its soft relief with gentle undulations; scrubland and small mixed wooded areas of Aleppo pine, stone...

Sant Martí de Fontanilles

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Architecture
30/05/2018

Fontanilles is a small spread-out village which, despite some modern second homes, has kept its rural character. The twelfth-century Church of Sant Martí presides over the group of houses. It is in...

Riera de Peratallada

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Environment
30/05/2018

Streams like the one you are crossing now, are a very interesting part of the orography of the agroforestry mosaic which is so typical of the landscape of the Empordanet plain.

This mosaic...

Castle of Palau-sator

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Architecture
30/05/2018

The old castle which overlooked the walled town of Palau-sator dates from at least the tenth century, as it is already recorded in documents from 994, although it is known that reformations and...

Sant Pau de Fontclara

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Architecture
30/05/2018

Fontclara, which belongs to the municipality of Palau-sator, is a small hamlet which is very well looked after thanks to the phenomenon of holiday homes and second homes. It has a pleasant and...

Sant Julià de Boada

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Architecture
30/05/2018

Sant Julià de Boada is a small village with a simple structure of just three streets, forming part of the municipality of Palau-sator, established around and taking the name of the old pre-Romanesque...

The old town of Pals

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Architecture
30/05/2018

The old part of Pals, called the Pedró, is the part that was enclosed by the old medieval wall, some stretches of which have been preserved. Once you are in the Plaça Major of the town, we recommend...

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