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Montgrí and the Baix Ter Route 4/4

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30/05/2018
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Introduction

Stage 4. From Torroella to the beach of Riells de l’Escala through the Montgrí and Sobrestany

The fourth and final stage of the Montgrí and the Baix Ter Route starts from Plaça del Lledoner in Torroella de Montgrí – a start and end point shared with the other stages – and it goes to the beach of Riells de l’Escala, exactly the same spot where the first stage starts, thus completing the figure of eight. It ascends to the castle of Montgrí and the Montplà, following the ridge line of the secondary mountains in the Montgrí and it then passes across the plain of the old lakes of Bellcaire and l’Escala.

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  • Typology
    Crossing
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    5 hours 30 minutes
  • Slope
    450.00 meters
  • Distance
    16.50 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Geologia
    Environment
    Architecture and environment
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Stage 4. From Torroella to the beach of Riells de l’Escala through the Montgrí and Sobrestany

The route leaves Torroella de Montgrí on the old route to Santa Caterina, climbing gently at first between dry-stone terraces, and slightly more steeply afterwards to the Coll de la Creu, from where you can see today’s destination by the sea beyond the low mountains. You still have some climbing to do, however, to get to the nearby Montgrí Castle and to climb the Montplà ramp again, the nearby ridge which keeps you company, climbing and descending through the Coll de Garrigars.

From here, having enjoyed the best views on the whole route, you go around the hollow and the Vall de Santa Caterina, with views of the popular hermitage, following the long secondary ridge of the Montgrí avoiding a series of passes and small peaks which are rather like a rollercoaster. New views from each hill. Eventually, the ridge ends at the feet of the small village of la Bolleria, which is in the municipality of Torroella, albeit only just. The village of Bellcaire d’Empordà is nearby and is worth visiting if you have time.

From la Bolleria, the route abruptly changes direction and, avoiding Bellcaire, follows the Camí de Sobrestany, forming a beautiful tour around the plain of the old lakes and rice fields of Bellcaire and l’Escala, passing through the neighbourhood of Sobrestany in the municipality of Torroella and by the Torre Ferrana tower, now a centre for field trips for children, and skirting the feet of the first small northern slopes of the Montgrí.

Further on, now heading towards the developed areas of l’Escala, the Camí dels Estanys stretches between fields and farmhouses along the western edge of the inland dune with its characteristic pine groves that fix the land as a backdrop to the rural landscape, until it reaches the first roads of the urban area of l’Escala and the beach of Riells.

Tips

ROUTE

  • A varied route with two large sections: a first part on rough rocky trails and mountain paths where it is advisable to wear high-top walking boots, and a second section on fairly comfortable trails.

WATER

  • Water is available in la Bolleria and in Sobrestany. However, drinking water is hard to find on the rest of the route, so take a full bottle from the start.

PRECAUTIONS

  • It is important to take care on the narrow paths with loose and sharp rocks as it is easy to twist an ankle if you are not alert.
  • Be careful of the cliffs on some sides of Montgrí Castle and the Montplà, especially if you are with children and want to explore in more depth.

WEATHER

  • The route is very open and has little shade. Protect yourself well from the effects of the sun.
  • If it is windy, take care and protect yourself on the tops of the hills and high plain of Montplà.

TERRAIN

  • Much of the route is on rough ground with loose rocks, with the degree of difficulty this entails for walking. Therefore, make sure you are properly-equipped with walking boots.

EQUIPMENT

  • High-top walking boots are recommended.
  • Windbreaker if the tramuntana is blowing on the Montgrí peaks.
  • Hiking poles might help on the long trail sections.
  • Binoculars and a camera for admiring and photographing the views.

OTHER FACILITIES

  • You will have no trouble finding a wide variety of bars, restaurants, accommodation, tourist services and information about the area in l’Escala and Torroella de Montgrí.

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

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El Pedrigolet

Point of interest
Geology
30/05/2018

El Pedrigolet is the name given to the scree slope with small rocks at the foot of the Cau del Duc cave which can be seen from here. The Cau del Duc was created by water filtering through the...

Chapels

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Architecture
30/05/2018

These three chapels, which probably date from the sixteenth century, are dedicated to praying the rosary on route to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina.

When the route reaches the bare rock, there is...

Coll de Santa Caterina

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Environment
30/05/2018

This is the Coll de Santa Caterina, the first step on the route to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina, nestling in the middle of the Montgrí Massif. It was founded in around 1392 by three monks from...

The castle’s quarries

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Geology
30/05/2018

The blocks used to make the castle are of the same carbonate rock that surrounds it. The stonemasons’ marks can still be made out here, which has made it possible to locate the main quarries. You are...

Montgrí Castle

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Architecture
30/05/2018

Montgrí Castle was built by order of King Jaume II at the end of the thirteenth century to combat the power of the Counts of Empúries, and it remained unfinished as these counts became ever weaker...

Bonelli’s eagle

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This is the territory of Bonelli’s eagle, a protected and endangered species. Environments with cliffs and rugged land are ideal places for this bird of prey to build its nest. Of medium size, with a...

Montplà and inland dunes

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Environment
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You have reached the highest part of the very clear high plain of the Montplà, with its very fitting name. This high garrigue you are in has virtually no visual obstacles and provides excellent views...

Montgrí Massif

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Environment
30/05/2018

You are on a secondary peak with a height of 267 m.

The Montgrí Massif, much of which can be seen from where you are, is, geologically speaking, a large outcrop of carbonate rock caused by a series...

Garrigue and Montagu’s harrier

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Environment
30/05/2018

Garrigue is a plant community where kermes oak (Quercus coccifera) is predominant. This is a shrub from the same genus as the holm oak but it is shrubby, short and thick and very thorny. If we want to...

Torre Ferrana

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Architecture
30/05/2018

This is a fortified farmhouse. Its architectural structure shows that a defence tower with a square floorplan was built close to the original farmhouse during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries...

Pine groves on the dunes

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Environment
30/05/2018

Three different types of pine grove are found in the Montgrí Massif: naturally occurring Aleppo pine groves, which are mainly found on the maritime face of the Muntanya Gran; the old pine groves which...

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