Distance: 21,69 km On foot: medium difficulty (5 hours) By Bicycle: low difficulty (1 hour and a half)
This route, of a totally flat level, follows the whole district of
l'Escala on the inside. The itinerary helps cyclists discover the nearby villages ( Sant Martí d'Empúries, Cinc Claus, Viladamat, Albons, Bellcaire). It mostly runs through fields, country lanes, and quiet roads. Those of you may find the mileage excessive have the option to take a diversion to cut it short. KM 0,00 Depart from el Pedró, above La Creu beach. Join the cycle lane and zip downwards, toward towards Empúries. 0,29 Turn right past Lampadòfor scultpture, by Rosa Serra. It celebrates the olympic flame arrival in l'Escala on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games. Slide along the pinewood lined lane, with the sea on your right. Stay on this old road that linked l'Escala to Empúries. It was a pedestrianized beginning of the 90's. It goes past the beaches Rec, Portixol, Convent and Sant Martí. 1,05 Hostal Empúries, opened in 1915. 1,31 Entrance to the Ruins of Empuries. 1,82 Moll Grec (Greek Breakwater). It seems to be that it was part of the port facilities and, due to its placement, it is has not been demonstrated it was a dock. Very close, some years ago the basis of a square defense tower of seven meters per side was found. 2,02 Sant Martí d’Empúries. This hamlet of the mediaeval structure belongs to L'Escala district. It has been continuously inhabited since the arrival of the Greeks in Empúries in the 6th centruy aC at least. It was Christianized by Sant Feliu l'Africà in the 4th century a.D. Sant Martí was the capital of Empúries county until 1079, when this was moved to Castelló d'Empúries to escape corsair attacks. 2,16 Before you reach the roundabout, join the bicycle lane on the left. 3,00 Leave the main road and take the path to the right, towards Cinc Claus. 3,45 Take the path on the left and continue straight. 3,78 Keep cycling straight ahead. 3,98 Cinc Claus. Cross the hamlet and follow the direction sign for Viladamat. 4,07 To the left. 4,17 To the left, follow the GR markings. 5,33 Come on to the main across Nautivela Yacht store. Turn right on the road. Take extra care as traffic are busy. 6,11 Roundabout. Leave the main road and make for Viladamat. 6,32 Cycle past by a restaurant and, at arriving at an unpaved square continue along Horts street. Next, cross the Church square and carrer Major From here take Albons Street. 6,83 Village and tarmac end. Stay on the main track, ignoring any right and left turnings till you reach Albons. Cycle southwards, among fields. You will see the village and the Montgrí massif in front of you. 9,71 Albons. Make for the village center and descent towards the road. The village grew around its castle, fortified in the 14th century by the Count of Empúries. It dates from the 10th century, even though it has kept few elements from its original structure. One of the most characteristic elements there is the large voussoir gate (centuries XIV-XV). 10,38 At the village south exit, take the path with fingerpost mark “Depuradora”. 10,71 Triple junction (at this point you have the option of returning to l 'Escala or continuing on the longer variation cycling through Bellcaire and Sobrestany) 11,66 Arrive at Mas Gussó. To the right. 12,19 Join the road to Bellcaire. To the left. 13,61 Bellcaire. Follow the road, skirting the village. At its highest part, you can see the Empúries counts ancient palace monumental complex. It includes Santa Maria chapel of Romanesque to Gothic transition style, Sant Joan de Bellcaire parish church, whose first stone was laid in 1657. 13,78 Fountain on the right. 14,08 Turn left, after crossing an irrigation canal. 14,23 You will cycle now onto l'Escala - Torroella road. Cross it and follow the direction fingerpost sign L’Ovellaria. 14,45 Turn left follow the Sobrestany path. 16,25 Sobrestany. Keep going straight. 17,31 Torre Ferrana Camp house. 17,64 X shaped crossroads. Turn left, head north.
18,60 Leave behind
Mas Cremat to your right. 20,70 Exit behind the football field. Turn right at the first junction, then first left, cycle upwards towards the commercial area. 21,69 Roundabout access into L'Escala. End of the route.