Turistes a cavall a la muntanya Gran. Parc Natural del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
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Punta del Milà des dels Crestats. Parc Natural del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
Punta del Milà des dels Crestats. Parc Natural del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
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ROUTE TO CALA MONTGÓ

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15/06/2016
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Introduction

Crossing the Muntanya Gran. Coves and cliffs

A linear route from the promenade in l’Estartit to Cala Montgó. The route passes through two very different environments; on the hand, garrigue and young Aleppo pine woodland, and on the other, as a climax to the day, the impressive sea cliffs with views of Cap de Creus close to Cala Montgó.

IMPORTANT: Times and distances are only for one direction. If you are planning to return on the same route, remember to double the times and distance. We recommend leaving a second car at the other end of the route or arranging transport to the starting point.

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  • Typology
    Linear
  • Difficulty
    Median
  • Duration
    2 hours 58 minutes
  • Slope
    179.00 meters
  • Distance
    8.94 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Crossing the Muntanya Gran. Coves and cliffs

The Route to Cala Montgó starts just in front of l’Estartit’s tourism office on shopping streets heading towards the Salt d’Euga, where you can enjoy excellent views of the port of l’Estartit and the Medes Islands. After leaving this viewpoint, you continue gaining height, initially on a paved track, as you approach the higher sections of the Muntanya Gran.

On the way, you can enjoy discovering the distinctive features of this location’s flora and fauna. The garrigue of the Muntanya Gran is an ideal habitat for certain birds of prey and reptiles. We will discuss the difference between wild olives and the domesticated olives we are all familiar with, and on the way to the cliffs at Punta Ventosa and Punta del Milà you will have the chance to see orchids if you do the route during the spring.

The views of Punta Ventosa are well worth the effort of the walk. From here, you can see Punta Milà, Torre Montgó, the bay of Roses and Cap de Norfeu in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus.

The descent from here is steep and rocky, but also varied and enjoyable. You gradually approach the sea with continuous views of Cala Montgó ahead of you and Punta del Milà behind you.

Tips

ROUTE

  • Route with sections with no signal. DO THE ROUTE OFFLINE
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO PLAN THE RETURN JOURNEY, WHETHER ON THE SAME ROUTE OR WITH TRANSPORT.
  • The route alternates between trails and rocky paths.
  • Remember this is a linear route and the times are for the outward leg only.
  • Short but steep climbs and descents on the coast path, especially after Punta Ventosa.

WATER

  • There is an urban fountain as you leave the village.
  • Bring plenty of water, especially in summer.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Very high cliffs.
  • Risk of falling if you get too close. 
  • Keep a close eye on children.
  • There are lots of small paths leading to the cliff-edge. Caution!!
  • Respect people’s private property and the surroundings in general. You are in a Natural Park.
  • Take care not to twist your ankle on the rocky paths.

WEATHER

  • The coastal path is uncomfortable on days with strong wind.
  • Wear suitable clothing for the time of year and the weather forecast.

TERRAIN

  • In general, the trails are comfortable and the paths are rocky.
  • Some uphill or downhill sections are on steep and rocky narrow paths.

EQUIPMENT

  • Wear comfortable shoes with a good grip.
  • Protection from the sun or wind if necessary.
  • Camera.
  • Food to eat at the half way point, before returning.

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What to see in: ROUTE TO CALA MONTGÓ

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Salt de l'Euga

Point of interest
Landscapes
15/06/2016

You are at the viewpoint of the Salt d’Euga, a few metres from the seasonal stream of en Blanes where you can enjoy one of the most picturesque views of l’Estartit, with the Medes Islands in the...

Ladder snake

Point of interest
15/06/2016

​​​​​Rhinechis scalaris

This snake is very common. It is harmless and is easy to identify as it has two parallel black stripes on its back. It can reach up to 180 cm in length, although it does not...

Orchids

Point of interest
Flora
15/06/2016

​​​​​Anacamptis pyramidalis

There are many and varied species of orchid in the natural park. Here we consider the pyramidal orchid (photo), probably one of the most extensive and easiest to see.

Thi...

Ocellated lizard

Point of interest
15/06/2016

​​​​​Lacerta lepida

You are now among garrigue with very sunny conditions, an ideal habitat for reptiles like the ocellated lizard (photo), the green whip snake in walls and the edges of woodland and...

Wild olives

Point of interest
Flora
15/06/2016

​​​​​Olea Europaea, var. Sylvestris

This area has many large wild olive trees. These olive trees are of the same species as other smaller ones, with almost round leaves and pointed branches you might...

Goshawk

Point of interest
Wildlife
15/06/2016

​​​​​Accipiter gentilis

You are now walking through Aleppo pine woodland on both sides of the trail, and it is in these woods that the goshawk (photo) can best display its skills.

Although its body...

Punta Ventosa

Point of interest
Landscapes
15/06/2016

This is the Punta Ventosa area where, for many years, military defensive batteries were positioned, something which kept the area free from property development.

The maritime part of Montgrí...

Samphire

Point of interest
Flora
15/06/2016

​​​​​Crithum maritimum

This plant, associated with rocky coastlines, is reminiscent of “land” fennel thanks to its aroma and its umbrella-shaped inflorescence. It is a halophile plant (adapted to...

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