Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Platja del Salpatx amb el PN del Cap de Creus al fons.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Platja i roca del Salptx.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Roca del Salpatx. L'Escala. PN del Montgrí les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Platja i roca del Salptx.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Roca del Salpatx. L'Escala. PN del Montgrí les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Roca del Salpatx. L'Escala. PN del Montgrí les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Penya-segats del Salpatx amb vistes al PN del Cap de Creus
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Platja del Salpatx amb el PN del Cap de Creus al fons.
Roca del Salpatx. L'Escala. PN del Montgrí les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Penya-segats del Salpatx amb vistes al PN del Cap de Creus
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Platja del Salpatx amb el PN del Cap de Creus al fons.
Roca del Salpatx. L'Escala. PN del Montgrí les Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Penya-segats del Salpatx amb vistes al PN del Cap de Creus
Platja i roca del Salptx.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Platja del Salpatx amb el PN del Cap de Creus al fons.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Penya-segats del Salpatx amb vistes al PN del Cap de Creus
Platja i roca del Salptx.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Illa Mateua.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
Platja del Salpatx amb el PN del Cap de Creus al fons.
Vistes al PN del Cap de Creus des de Salpatx. PN del Mongrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Penya-segats del Salpatx amb vistes al PN del Cap de Creus
Platja i roca del Salptx.  Parc Natural del Montgrí, les Illes Medes i el Montgrí. L'Escala.
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The Planasses and Salpatx Route

Route
16/04/2018
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Introduction

Walking through dunes and cliffs

This family route takes you somewhere that is one of the most attractive corners of the municipality of l’Escala and has the most spectacular scenery.

Spectacular cliffs, unique plants, coastal dunes and varied pine groves are the settings offered by this interesting family outing.

 

 

  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    For families
  • Duration
    1 hour 16 minutes
  • Slope
    82.00 meters
  • Distance
    4.42 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Walking through dunes and cliffs

The Planasses Salpatx route starts on the Avinguda de Riells next to the Pineda d’en Berdellac pine grove and initially heads towards Planasses and the Bunkers of l’Escala area. When it reaches the bunkers area, it turns to the right, following the coast.

It passes alongside coastal dunes firstly, and later through twisted pines at the top of the cliffs of the beach of Salpatx. There are breath-taking views of Punta Grossa and the coastline of the Cap de Creus Natural Park ahead of you.

Turns to the right on a trail heading towards Salpatx, sometimes through Aleppo pine groves and sometimes through maquis of kermes oak and rosemary shrubs. It reaches the top of the hill, where old military defences are still visible.

You now descend until you rejoin the route you took to get here. Then continue towards Illa Mateua, where you can enjoy a spot with unique scenery.

From here, head back, essentially following the route from the outward leg all the way to the starting point.

Tips

Route

  • Most of the route follows trails and paths with no difficulties.
  • Some rocky stretches. 

Water

  • Take water, especially in summer.

Precautions

  • Do not go too close to the cliffs.
  • Respect and follow the marked route and so not stray off the paths.
  • Respect the surroundings; remember you are in a Natural Park.
  • Take care not to twist your ankle on the rocky paths.

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

  • Tourist information point at the point where cross the GI-623.

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

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Bunkers of l’Escala

Point of interest
Others
16/04/2018

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

Marseille milkvetch

Point of interest
Flora
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​​​​​Astragalus tragacantha

Few plants are well adapted to these soils which are poor, rocky and affected by inclement weather with strong winds.

The Marseille milkvetch stands out, a leguminous

Coastal dunes

Point of interest
Geology
16/04/2018

​​​​​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

Twisted pines

Point of interest
Flora
16/04/2018

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

This wind which is typical of l

Garrigue with rosemary

Point of interest
Flora
16/04/2018

​​​​​The kermes oak shrub (Quercus coccifera) is the most abundant shrub formation in the Montgrí Mountains and in natural conditions would occupy most of these mountains, which are generally marked

Aleppo pine grove

Point of interest
Flora
16/04/2018

​​​​Pinus halepensis

You are now walking through a grove of Aleppo pine, the most common forest formation in this area. 

Aleppo pine forests are a forest formation which are typical of Mediterranean

Mateua Island

Point of interest
Geology
16/04/2018

You are now facing Illa Mateua and can see lots of activity by yellow legged gulls (Larus Michaelllis). This species of bird is also the most common on the Medes Islands, where it forms one of the

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