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Route to Llabià by the Puig de la Font Pascuala

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30/05/2018
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Introduction

A vantage point in the Baix Ter

Let us help you discover the magnificent land of the Baix Empordà on a circular route full of contrasts between mountains and the plain, woods and fields, where you can enjoy a wide variety of birds and plants, as well as the beautiful orchids that flower in the spring.

The route will take you to the top of the Puig de la Font Pasquala, which has a great panoramic view of the Baix Ter spread out between the Montgrí Massif and the Begur Mountains.

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

A vantage point in the Baix Ter

The excursion starts in Fontanilles, a quiet village with some charming corners you can see when you return. You now head for the route’s main objective: the Puig de la Font Pasquala, which rises a modest 92 metres above sea level, but which is enough to provide views of the Baix Empordà which are a reward for the climb.

This initial section of the excursion crosses old abandoned cultivated areas, mainly with olive trees which were planted in terraces built from dry stone. The space is now occupied by pine groves and wasteland where an abundance of different orchid species stands out and can be seen in the springtime. You now descend from the Puig de la Font Pasquala to discover the delightful town of Llabià, located on top of a hill with good views of the old lake of Ullastret. Inside the village you can stop for a drink of water at the fountain in the square of the Church of Sant Romà in the shade of a large carob tree.

It is now time to head back the way you came, from now on following the path which skirts the fields that occupy the dried-out lake of Ullastret. On the other side of the lake’s bed, the island of en Reixac is visible in the distance as is the Turó de Sant Andreu, where there were   major Iberian settlements of the tribe of the Indigets. As you follow this path, which leads to Peratallada, you will see an unusual channel made from dry stone between some fields. Now leave the path between Llabià and Peratallada, which leads back to Fontanilles, to carry on walking among extensive fields of fodder, cereals and olive trees to reach the village, where we will see the rec del Molí canal and the Church of Sant Martí.

Tips

Route

  • There are lots of orchids and at some points they are signposted. For this reason, this walk is especially good in the spring. 
  • The starting point is on a road where it is easy to park. The route ends in the church square in Fontanilles which is close by.

Water

  • There is a fountain in the square of the Church of Sant Romà in Llabià, but it is also important to carry plenty of water.

Precautions

  • Take care when crossing the Fontanilles-Gualta road.

Weather

  • Avoid going out in the middle of the day in the summer.

Equipment

  • It is a good idea to take binoculars for bird watching.
  • Wear a hat and sun cream on sunny days.

Other facilities

  • The Iberian city of Ullastret is close to the route. It is well worth visiting, either leaving the route or after the excursion.

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The European bee-eater

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The European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is one of the most beautiful birds in Catalonia, and while this is a matter of taste, its colours will undoubtedly leave you open-mouthed.

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The Puig de la Font Pasquala

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The Puig de la Font Pasquala, with a modest height of 92 metres, offers unique views of the Baix Ter which are worth the climb. It is a very good place to study a little the geography of the...

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31/05/2018

En aquest oliverar abandonat hi podem trobar fàcilment orquídies. Aquesta família de plantes és la que té més espècies del món, unes 25.000! I a Catalunya en podem trobar tan sols unes 80.

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Des d'aquest punt elevat tenim bones vistes de l'antic estany d'Ullastret que ocupava la depressió del nostre davant fins al segle XIX quan va ser totalment dessecat, ja que els aiguamolls es...

Sant Romà de Llabià

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This is Llabià, a small village in the municipality of Fontanilles which there are records of dating back to the tenth century. It is located on the top of a small hill with very good views of the old...

Dry stone

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To the left of the route there is an interesting example of construction with dry stone. This traditional style of construction which is very deep rooted in this area is a very economical method as it...

Olive trees

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The cultivation of the olive tree was and still is of great importance in this land and it would be wrong not to mention it.

The olive tree (Olea europaea) is a species of tree native to the...

Sant Martí de Fontanilles

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To complete the excursion, you are now facing the chapel of Sant Martí de Fontanilles.

This small church is of Romanesque origin and is listed in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of...

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1hr 40mins at an easy pace. We didn’t include the extension out to the village. Great views. All on tracks.

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