Camí de Gualta a Fontanilles
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Route from Gualta to Fontanilles

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12/06/2018
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Introduction

This route is short but is packed with spectacular views and scenery where you can enjoy orchids with their beautiful and charming flowers, admire spectacular panoramic views of the Empordà plain and visit the impressive Church of Sant Martí de Fontanilles, with its Romanesque architecture which has been preserved since the twelfth century. You will see all of this and more as you follow the narrow lanes of Gualta and Fontanilles and walk through their woods and fields.

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Duration
    2 hours
  • Slope
    185.00 meters
  • Distance
    5.30 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Architecture and environment
  • Activity
    By foot
    By bike
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Description

This route is in the municipality of Gualta, in the Baix Empordà region. The route starts from the open area where you leave the car, just at the entrance to the village.
The route starts in the streets of this small village of just over 390 inhabitants. Its narrow streets are captivating, but they will also block your GPS signal so it is a good idea to check the route you will be following before you set off to give you an idea of where to head.
Once you leave the built-up area, you start going uphill until you enter the track which leads to the peak. Keep your eyes peeled on this section of the trail as it is very likely you will find orchids during springtime. On the same trail, there are also groves of olive trees, where the prized Empordà virgin olives are grown.
Once you have reached the top and admired the marvellous panoramic views of the Empordà plain, you start the downhill stretch. Here you will find thickets of Montpellier cistus; a plant which is highly valued in some cuisines for its fragrance.
Once you leave the woods, you will reach the road and after a stretch of just over 100 m, you will arrive in the village of Fontanilles, with its majestic Romanesque church from the twelfth century. From here, you will turn back and take another trail which will take you back to Gualta.
Once back in Gualta, you will find in its centre the medieval mill which irrigates the right bank of the river Ter.
An excellent route for discovering the richness of the region and its history.

Tips

Route 

  • There is a significant uphill section. Although it is short, if you feel tired, stop, keep hydrated and take the chance to admire the views.
  • It is important to follow the signals of the track for the route as the ones on the route can sometimes go unnoticed.

Water

  • There are no sources of water anywhere on the route.
  • Take water from home.
  • It is important to hydrate at least once an hour while doing intensive walking.

Precautions

  • There could be dogs or other animals loose in the area, so take care if you have children with you.
  • Remember to drink frequently and stop for food.
  • If you are planning to do the route on your own, make sure you tell someone your itinerary and all of the relevant information so they know where you are at all times.
  • Keep an eye out for cars and motorbikes using the trail.

Weather

  • Wear sun cream if you plan to do it at times with strong sun, like spring or summer.
  • You can do this with moderate precipitation, although it is best to do it in good weather as it will be more enjoyable.

Terrain

  • You can use trekking poles to help with the steepest paths and sections.
  • Some stretches can be muddy after rain.

Equipment

  • Comfortable footwear suitable for walking
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • If using a mountain bike, remember to take equipment to repair or replace inner tubes if you get a puncture. 
  • Mountain bike safety equipment: Gloves and helmet.

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Orchids

Point of interest
Flora
12/06/2018

Orchids are the largest botanical family in existence, with over 850 genera and more than 25,000 species. All orchid species, apart from garden ones, are protected by international laws as threatened...

Olive cultivation

Point of interest
Environment
12/06/2018

On the left, there is a group of olive trees which have a very clear difference from typical olive groves. Do you know what it is? If you said the grasses and bushes surrounding them, you are right....

Puig de la Font Pasquala

Point of interest
Landscapes
12/06/2018

The Puig de Font Pasquala is a hill of 90 metres in the municipality of Gualta, in the Baix Empordà region. From it, you can enjoy spectacular views of the great Empordà plain. To the east is the...

Montpellier cistus thicket

Point of interest
Flora
12/06/2018

If you do this route between April and June, you will see these Montpellier cistus thickets (Cistus monspeliensis) in full bloom, with abundant bright white flowers which have an orangey-yellow centre...

Sant Martí de Fontanilles

Point of interest
Architecture
12/06/2018

This important Romanesque church from the twelfth century is located in the municipality of Fontanilles. This structure is listed in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. The...

Carbonate rocks

Point of interest
Geology
12/06/2018

Carbonate rocks or stones are rocks formed from tiny particles which come from the hard parts of the bodies of sea creatures such as corals, which millions of years ago gradually settled as sediment...

Molí de Gualta and the Rec del Molí

Point of interest
Architecture
12/06/2018

This water mill dates back to the medieval period, when fiefs and feudal lords ruled, specifically the fourteenth century. At that time, it belonged to the Counts of Peralda. This channel irrigates...

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