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This handy guidebook describes 30 idyllic routes for mountain walkers of all abilities in Southern Catalunya, Spain. The routes offer varying terrain from limestone crags over fruit groves to coastal and river walks. It describes walks in three mountain areas around the River Ebre: the els Ports massif, Serra de Cardo and the Serra de Montsia.
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A dramatic coastal mountain region of remarkable natural beauty and diversity, Southern Catalunya is mysteriously unknown outside of Spain. In the mountains, limestone crags with well-established paths overlook the orange and olive groves perfect for day walks with a long-distance path that runs along the coast for those wanting to walk a little further. The walks all vary in difficulty, from coastal trails to hands-on scrambles, but all are clearly marked at the start of each route for route finding, scrambling and exposure.
The region has not been greatly visited by walkers from the UK, as it is not obvious from the general tourist maps that it even has mountains yet with its benign winter climate it is ideal for walkers from October through to May. These day walks boast spectacular scenery including salt and freshwater lagoons surrounded by wildlife, high mountainous regions as well as stunning coastal trails.
Page 182 Monte Caro Mountain Hut
There have been some changes to this hut;
New phone number, 003 49775 80063 / 003 46097 90321
The shelter does have water
pg 125: Following the sentence 'The climb continues for half an hour to reach an unsuspected patch of scree with a fig tree growing in the middle of it.'
After ascending the scree the path turns left to climb for some 10m towards the base of some undercut cliffs before turning definitively right onto a clear path. The way now becomes increasingly hemmed in by cliffs and pinnacles until it narrows to a cleft, with two wooden ladders leading up over the top to provide the only exit.
This is the Escarrisó de Borosa and it is reached some one hour 20mins from the start of the walk. A further 10mins of climbing on a clear path leads on to a grassy plateau and up to the shapely rock pillars of the Coll dels Morralets. Turn left here for Cova Ebre and Pallers following a red painted arrow on the back of the first pillar. About 10m further on there is a rock on the right hand side of the path with a metal signpost plate. The route carries straight on here, through woodland, towards the Cova Ebre and Caro
Many thanks go to reader Mike Cahill for providing us with this update information
The guided walking, birdwatching and other services previously provided by Ebrotours have now been transferred to Walking Birder, which can be accessed at www.walkingbirder.com.
A new start is needed for these walks now that the original track to Mas Torrat has been fenced off and it is clear that walkers are no longer welcome to follow the barranc route directly but must make a detour to join the route higher up. The same alternative should also be used for Walk 25.
Leave the car park on a broad track, signposted for the Coll de l’Ametleral, ignoring a track leading to the right. Take a path leading up to the left after one minute, following red and white GR7 markers and blue stars, to reach a second signpost 5mins later. Bear right onto a broad track, still on GR7 and continue straight on past another signpost until, some 25mins from the start, yet another signpost indicates the direction on a small woodland path climbing up to the right for the Pla de l’Hedera. After 10mins the path joins a track and a right turn (Pla de l’Hedera) is indicated. After only a few minutes the track bends acutely to the left and the route continues straight on, on a small path. Some 8mins later, at a junction with a marker post, the original path joins from the right, having climbed up the barranc directly. Continue straight on for a few more minutes to reach a T-junction marked with red paint and make a left turn to continue the route as described in the guide.
A new parking area has been built about 500m before Casa de Carvallo, just before the road has a big kink south. The workmen are not finished yet, but there are already “no motor traffic” signs and the foundations for a barrier to stop vehicles going on to the Casa, so all the walks will be a km or so longer.
Many thanks to Peter Gorvett for this information.
The route has been diverted to avoid the property of a landowner who is clearly not walker friendly. The diversion is towards the end of the walk (page 57). The text reads:
‘At this point a cairn marks a junction. Bear right onto a rougher track and continue rising by a terrace wall for 4 minutes until another rough track joins from the left’
Instead of carrying straight on past the ‘No-entry’ sign as described, turn into the rough track which joins from the left. After approximately 200m there is a clear footpath on the right, marked by a post with a direction arrow and a cairn. Take this path and follow it until it joins a broad track. (This is the GR7). Turn right and complete the circuit as described in the guidebook.
|The Walking Area|
|The Natural Parks|
|Climate and When to Go|
|Geology and Geography|
|History, Architecture and Culture|
|Where to Stay|
|Food and Drink|
|What to Take|
|Waymarking and Access|
|Hunting and how to avoid it|
|Using the guide|
|Walk 1 Punta de l’Aigua|
|Walk 2 Montaspre ridge|
|Walk 3 Moleta de les Canals circuit and summit ridge|
|Walk 4 Barranc del Camp|
|Walk 5 Solana route|
|Walk 6 Cova dels Adells|
|Walk 7 Coll d’en Caubet and Vallfiguera|
|Walk 8 Cervera and Figuera valleys|
|Walk 9 La Moleta|
|Walk 10 Vall d’Infern|
|Walk 11 Pi del Perillo|
|Walk 12 Mont Caro summit|
|Walk 13 Mola del Moro|
|Walk 14 La Barcina|
|Walk 15 Cresta del Marturi|
|Walk 16 Sources of the Matarranya|
|Walk 17 Roca del Migdia|
|Walk 18 Caramella gorge|
|Walk 19 Mola Castellona|
|Walk 20 Lloret high level route|
|Walk 21 Barranc de Lloret|
|Walk 22 Roca Xapada|
|Walk 23 Font del Paradis|
|Walk 24 Coll de Lloret|
|Walk 25 Sant Roc to Arnes and back|
|Walk 26 La Creu de Santos|
|Walk 27 Seven ermitas and a ridge|
|Walk 28 Mas de Mata-redona|
|Walk 29 La Foradada|
|Walk 30 Coastal path|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Finding the walks|
|Appendix C Catalan–English glossary of mountain terms|
|Appendix D Useful contacts|