Distance: 21,69 km On foot: medium difficulty (5 hours) By Bicycle: low difficulty (1 hour and a half)
This route, of a totally simple profile, makes the whole turn of
l'Escala on the inside. The itinerary allows to discover the core that surround the town ( Sant Martí d'Empúries, Cinc Claus, Viladamat, Albons, Bellcaire), and goes in its majority throught fields, paths and not very busy roads. Those of you that consider the mileage too excessive have the option to divert and to do a shorter variant. KM 0,00 We leave from el Pedró, on La Creu beach. Downwards, we go towards Empúries. 0,29 We turn right. Lampadòfor scultpture, by Rosa Serra, in remembrance of the olympic flame arrival in l'Escala on the occasion of the olympic Games in 1992. Accompanied by pinewoods and with the constant presence of the sea an our right, we keep on following the antique road that connected l'Escala to Empúries, converted into pedestrian since the beginning of the nineties. We will go pass the beaches of R ec, Portixol, Convent and Sant Martí. 1,05 Hostal Empúries, opened in 1915. 1,31 Entrance to the ruines of Empuries. 1,82 Moll Grec (Greek Dock). Actually the big stone wall that can be seen in the south extreme of the Sant Martí beach was not Greek, but Roman. It seems to be that it was part of the port facilities and, for its situation, it is not at all clear to the archeologiss either that it was a dock. Very close, some years ago the basis of a square dfense tower of seven meters for side was found. 2,02 Sant Martí d’Empúries. Core of the mediaeval structure belonging to the town of l'Escala. It has benn inhabited at least since the arrival of the Greeks in Empúries in the 6th centruy aC and it was chrstianized by sant Feliu l'Africà in the 4th century. Sant Martí would be the capital of the county of Empúries until 1079, when this was moved to Castelló d'Empúries for running away from the corsair attacks. We turn left. 2,16 Before arriving to the roundabout, we incorporate to the bicycle lane that we will find on the left. 3,00 We leave the road and take the path to the right, towards Cinc Claus. 3,45 Incorporation of a path on the left. we go straight. 3,78 Go straight. 3,98 Cinc Claus. We go through the village and follow the sign that indicates Viladamat. 4,07 To the left. 4,17 To the left, we follow the GR marks. 5,33 We get on to the road in front of the Nautivela Yatch Club. To the right on the road. Be careful with the traffic! 6,11 Roundabout. We leave the main road and we go towards Viladamat. 6,32 We go passing by the side of a restaurant and, at the arrival to an undeveloped square we continue on the Horts street. Next, we go throught the Church square and the Major street. We arrive to the Catalunya square and we take the Albons Street. 6,83 We get out of the village. The asphalt finishes. We continue on the main track, leaving detours to the right and left, until Albons. We go among fields towards south, with the profiles of the village and of the village and the massif of the Montgrí in front of us. 9,71 Albons. We go to the center of the village and we got down to the road. The village has develope around the castle, fortified in the 14th century by the count of Empúries. It dates from the 10th century, even trough it preserves few elements of the original structure. One of the most characteristic elements there is the big voussoir portal (centuries XIV-XV). 10,38 At the exit of the village through south, we take a path with the indication of “Depuradora”. 10,71 Triple crossroads (in this point there is the option to come back to l 'Escala or to do a longer variant through Bellcaire and Sobrestany) 11,66 We arrive to Mas Gussó. To the right. 12,19 We incorporate to Bellcaire road. To the left. 13,61 Bellcaire. We follow the road, going alont the village. In the highest part, we can visit the monumental complex of an antique palace of the Empúries counts. It counts with the chapel of Santa Maria, of a Romanesque to the Gothic transition style, and the parish church of Sant Joan de Bellcaire, built since 1657. 13,78 Fountain on the right. 14,08 We turn left, after crossing an irrigation channel. 14,23 We arrive to the l'Escala - Torroella road. We cross it and we follow the indication L’Ovellaria. 14,45 To the left. We follow the path of Sobrestany. 16,25 Sobrestany. Straight. At the way out there are the facilities of a desert animal reserve. 17,31 Torre Ferrana Camp house. 17,64 X form crossing. To the left, towards north.
18,60 We leave the
Mas Cremat to our right. 20,70 We get behind the football pitch. To the right and then first one to the left, upwards the commercial zone. 21,69 Entrance roundabout in l 'Escala. End of the route.