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Camí de Ronda to St. Pol Beach

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08/07/2014
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Introduction

Where the sea and land meet.

This charming route along by the sea takes us to Sant Pol beach by the Camino de Ronda (GR-92), through a very-well preserved coastal pine forest.

This is the essence of the Costa Brava, where the Ardenya Cadiretes massif abruptly meets the sea in the form of cliffs and breaks into bits forming bold reefs. The mountain streams and charming little coves sheltered by rocks and holm oaks are like something out of a dream.

 

  • Typology
    Linear
  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Duration
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Slope
    114.00 meters
  • Distance
    2.40 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
    Landscaping
    Geologia
  • Activity
    By foot
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Description

Where the sea and land meet.

We're using an ancient road used to monitor the coastal towns in the 19th and 20th Centuries, today a walking route and access path to reach the coves and contemplate the beautiful coastline. (GR-92)

We start at the sea port where we will have the first and only view of Sant Feliu with the Fortim, later the Lifeboat House (1897) and current annex to the History Museum. Next, along a well-maintained path with stairs going up and down, we pass various lookout points (Peixateres (fishmongers) and Triadores (Cork Sorters)) between the cliffs and the urbanisation.

We arrive at an outcrop, where Cala Molí is found. Here there is the possibility of doing a well-equipped via ferrata around the cliffs that surround the cove.

In a flash, the path becomes forested, entering the sector under the protection of the Volta de l'Ametller Area of Natural Interest.

We go through a pretty coastal stone pine forest with undergrowth of holm-oak wood in the streams that emerge in the dryest parts. Exceptionally, close to the charming Ametller cove, we find strawberry myrtle and rock-rose.

At the edge of the forest, the granite rocks come close to the water in the form of cliffs and rocky outcrops. At the water's edge the cliffs overhang the sea. The crystal clear, shallow waters allow glimpses of a hypnotising underwater landscape.

We reach the highest point, the Les Mestresses lookout point, next to the Cap de Mort Point. The views give you an idea of the shape of the coastline. Cliffs, reefs and caves create postcard images. We can see Sant Pol beach. It seems like we're already there but we're actually halfway. 

We go down and approach the water every now and then to get different perspectives of the previous views. We go through another urbanised sector, with the path newly repaired between the houses and the coastline, but no less pretty for this.

A line of small coves, narrow and slotted in between the rocks and holm oaks like Dels Mussols, Del Peix, Des Cran and Del Maset, amongst others. The coves entice us to stop and have a dip, practice snorkelling or enjoy their tranquillity and overwhelming beauty.

Without realising it, after another lookout point, we go through the tunnel of such in which the trees are natural bonsai trees. We reach the Sant Pol beach. Now, the Casa Estrada stimulates the senses even more after so much "wild" beauty.

 

Tips

TRAÇAT

  • La ruta es linial, per tant, cal reservar temps i forces per la tornada.!!
  • El camí és sempre evident, segueix el GR 92 (senyals blanques i vermelles). Als trams de bosc, seguirem uns pals (50 cms) de fusta amb el cap metàlic.
  • El camí segueix sempre la linia de costa, uns metres terres endins, però podeu anar fent petites incursions a tocar d’aigua i tornar de nou al camí.
  • Hi ha trams d’escales, tant de pujada com de baixada, força drets.
  • El sector a ‘‘Cala Ametller’’ està declarat com a zona protegida d’especial interes. PEIN.

AIGUA

  • No hi ha cap font.

PRECAUCIONS

  • Vigileu els més petits. NO deixeu que s’apropin sols a la vora dels penyassegats. Es poden despistar i caure a l’aigua en molts llocs.
  • S’ha de tenir el màxim de respecte al mar i més quan no hi ha platja i les roques poden dificultar l’accés.
  • Les arrels dels pins són molt superficials i ens poden fer relliscar o ensopegar.
  • Si hi ha mala mar, no us apropeu a les roques.

METEO

  • Evitar els dies de temporal de mar si aneu amb nens.
  • Els dies de vent, la primera linia de costa és molesta.
  • Protegiu-vos del sol a l’estiu.

TERRENY

  • Camí accidentat a les baixades i pujades del tram de Cala Ametller.
  • La resta, camí arreglat amb trams d’escales exigents.

MATERIAL

  • Protecció solar. Protecció pel vent.
  • Màquina fotogràfica.
  • Allò que considereu necessari si voleu aprofitar les cales que anireu trobant. (és un bon lloc per fer ‘‘snorkel’’). Penseu que el temps del trajecte s’allargarà molt.
  • Si voleu fer la via ferrada de cala Moli, he de dur material especial per aquesta activitat. 

ALTRES EQUIPAMENTS

  • Qualsevol cala és un bon lloc per practicar ‘‘snorkel’’ o llegir un llibre.
  • Podeu fer la Via Ferrada de Cala Molí amb 500 mts de recorregut equipat de dificultat mitjana. Hi ha una empresa d’aventura que lloga el material imprescindible i pot fer el guiatge.
  • Plafons interpretatius al PEIN de Cala Ametller.
  • Els miradors tenen plafons amb imatges interpretatives, algunes però, trencades.

 

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Les peixateres lookout point

Point of interest
Landscapes
08/07/2014

(the fishmongers). We take in the views. In front of us is the port with El Tinglado (currently the interpretation centre of the vias verdes) and behind, high up, El Fortim, in which the building for

Les triadores lookout point

Point of interest
Landscapes
08/07/2014

(cork sorters). We're in the Les Sofreres sector. We can now see the first reefs in front of us, called "es trenca-timons". To the left, the rocky outcrop that hides Cala Molí.

 

Cala Ametller

Point of interest
Geology
08/07/2014

We come down the stone steps of this small, cosy cove of stones and coarse sand while the tide is out. We are still in the area classed as an Area of Natural Interest.

The stone pines grow as far

Les mestresses lookout point

Point of interest
Landscapes
08/07/2014

(the schoolteachers). Spectacular lookout point atop the cliffs. To our right, the protruding point of the Cap de Mort. Below, the "Esculls de les coves" (cave cliffs).

See how the pine trees cling to

“Costa Brava”

Point of interest
Geology
08/07/2014

A beautiful postcard image that gives the Costa Brava its name. The cliffs and the Cap de Mort peak are just ahead, with the Les Mestresses (the schoolteachers) lookout point above.

The fragmentation

Les dides lookout point

Point of interest
Landscapes
08/07/2014

(the nursemaids). In this somewhat landscaped area we find an abundance of holm oaks. The coves we are visiting now: Dels Mussols, Del Peix, Des Cranc, along to Cala Maset, narrow, deep slot-like

"Cala des cranc” cove

Point of interest
Wildlife
08/07/2014

If you look over the wall (before entering the tunnel), you'll see a quay that is accessed from the Tunnel lookout point. You'll also see the small, deep, narrow Des Cranc cove, with fine sand and

Tunnel lookout point

Point of interest
Landscapes
08/07/2014

The trees above the rock don't grow any more because they can't. This is a case of natural bonsai trees. Imagine what it must be like for a tree to grow on top of the rock, with little soil, salt

“Cala maset” cove

Point of interest
Flora
08/07/2014

This is a pretty cove, with fine sand and deep water, also slotted in between rocks and a mixed forest with holm oaks and pine trees.

 

It is accessed on the other side of the street, by passing under

Sant pol beach

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08/07/2014

A pretty bay with shallow waters, 770m long, with fine sand from the two streams that flow into it: the Sant Pol stream first and the S'Agaró stream further to the North. The sector still retains the

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