Muscleres Groses amb el Canigò al fons. Parc Naturala del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter. L'Escala.
Vistes a Illa Mateua i Punta Grossa. Parc Naturala del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter. L'Escala.
Camí dels Termes. Parc Naturala del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter. L'Escala.
Orquídies al camí. Parc Naturala del Montgrí, Illes Medes i el Baix Ter.
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Tour of the area of l’Escala

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26/03/2018
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Introduction

The treasures of the coast and the interior of the municipality of l’Escala

In this case, this is a route which encircles much of the municipality of l’Escala. On this route, on the coastal part you follow the coast on the GR-92, walking along cliffs and visiting coves and dunes on the Passeig d’Empúries.

The inland part of the route passes old cropland, attractive fortified farmhouses and pine forests on the inland dune.  The final part of the route runs between dry-stone walls on the Camí dels Termes.

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  • Typology
    Anti-clockwise circular
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Duration
    5 hours 12 minutes
  • Slope
    133.00 meters
  • Distance
    18.20 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Landscaping
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

The treasures of the coast and the interior of the municipality of l’Escala

The route starts next to Cala Montgó and follows the GR-92 towards the centre of l’Escala. On this stretch you will have the chance to admire Illa Mateua, the cliffs of the Punta dels Cinc Sous and the beach of Salpatx before reaching the Port de la Clota Grossa.

You walk around Cala de Riells and the old part of l’Escala as far a Cala de La Creu, where there are still some fishermen’s huts.

A little further on, you cross the Rec del Molí and continue the route through the coastal dunes parallel to the beaches of el Rec, el Portitxol, les Muscleres and el Moll Grec before coming to the interesting village of Sant Martí d’Empúries.

At this point, you leave the coast and follow the road on the way out of the village for a few hundred metres before turning left towards Mas Sastruc and the old Church of Santa Magdalena.

You cross the GI-623 road towards the Masos de les Corts, where you can admire the defence towers of well-preserved old fortified farmhouses, before coming to the Molí de l’Escala. you are now heading for the Pi Gros and following the Camí de Can Guanter towards Can Jepot. Next, flanked by pine woods, comes the Camí dels Estanys to Mas Puig, at the level of which, you turn to the left on the interesting Camí dels Termes.

On the Camí dels Termes you sometimes walk between dry-stone walls on both sides which make this stretch of the route very enjoyable. If you are lucky enough to do the route in springtime, you will also have the chance to see lots of orchids before reaching Cala Montgó and your starting point.

Tips

Route

  • Most of the route follows trails, paths and the promenade.

Water           

  • Take water, especially in summer.

Precautions

  • Take great care when crossing the road.
  • Do not go too close to the cliffs.
  • Respect fields of crops and private property.
  • Respect the surroundings; remember you are in a Natural Park.

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 where you cross the GI-623. 
  • Area with picnic tables at Horts d’en Roure, next to Sant Martí d’Empúries.

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What to see in: Tour of the area of l’Escala

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Illa Mateua

Point of interest
Wildlife
26/03/2018

​​​​​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 peregrine falcon

Point of interest
Wildlife
26/03/2018

​​​​​​Falco peregrinus

This is the most characteristic bird of prey of the Natural Park’s cliffs, where they live in holes in the rock. A hunter in open spaces, it has a very aerodynamic body with...

Tamarisk

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

​​​​​Tamarix africana

To the left there is a group of small trees encircled by a wall. These are tamarisks.

This small tree or shrub likes damp and slightly salty earth. They are often found in sand...

The coastal dune

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

​​​​​​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...

Kestrel

Point of interest
Wildlife
26/03/2018

​​​​​Falco tinnunculus

This diurnal bird of prey from the falcon family is fairly common and easy to identify thanks to the distinctive way its flies when hunting. It can hover in the air, quickly...

Fortified farmhouses

Point of interest
Architecture
26/03/2018

​​​​​​You are in the Muntanya Rodona, in the Masos de les Corts, specifically between Mas Feliu (Can Baix) on the left and Mas Torreportes (Can Noguera) on the right. Both have defence towers with a...

Pine woods on the dunes

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

​​​​​​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...

Path of the Termes

Point of interest
Environment
26/03/2018

The Council of l’Escala has restored this old route, which, interestingly, is the boundary between the regions of the Baix and Alt Empordà, and has rebuilt dry-stone walls on both sides of it.

The...

Orchids

Point of interest
Flora
26/03/2018

​​​​​Himantoglossum robertianum

There are many and varied species of orchid in the natural park. In this case we are talking about the giant orchid
(photo), probably the earliest to bloom of the...

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