The tour begins in Girona, where you can discover wonders such as the largest Gothic nave in the world, the best preserved Jewish quarter in Europe, scenes from movies or series like Game of Thrones, legends of flies that chase away entire armies or the smallest square that you will have never seen.
The meeting point is the Girona Burricleta Center, located in the center of the old quarter. There, we will give you a short briefing on how the burricletas work, we will clarify doubts and we will give you tips for the route.
We get on the burricleta and pass by the church Sant Pere de Galligants. Founded in the 10th century next to the Galligants river, it is now one of the headquarters of the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia. If you enter, you will find materials from prehistory and up to the Middle Ages. We continue on route entering the San Daniel Valley, a green space well-liked by people from Girona and next to the mountainous area of Les Gavarres. Known as the Dark valley, due to its dense vegetation, this valley is abundant in springs, from which little mineralized waters flow. Some of these sources, such as the Font del Ferro (iron spring), sprinkle spicy water and have a very pleasant environment. It is a very calm and quiet place to stop.
The path continues ascending towards the Sant Miquel's Castle from where you will see exceptional views of the Empordà, the Mediterranean Sea and, on clear days, the Pyrenees. When you get to the castle, you can leave the burricleta parked and climb the spiral stairs to the top of the tower. The views are exceptional!
We now face the descent to Celrà, a basically industrial town. Pedaling, we will arrive at Sant Martí Vell, a town still in the Gironès region, with cobbled alleys and a tranquility that you will breathe at every step. Do you want to know a curiosity? This town has been largely restored by a well-known jewelery designer from Tifanny's. But let's stop gossiping! We continue pedaling and enter the town of Madremanya where the memories of years ago are still guessed, standing out above all the walled enclosure.
Already located in the last section of this stage we will arrive in Monells. Its wonderful square is one of the medieval jewels of the Empordà and lately it has become popular thanks to one of the locations of a Spanish movie called "Eight Catalan surnames". We recommend that you get lost in the town and its cobbled streets to find all its charming corners.
We leave Monells and head towards Ullastret, in a unique opportunity to discover the history of our ancestors. After the walled town, which is worth visiting, we find the largest Iberian site in Catalonia. If you want to get up close to the ancient inhabitants of the Indigets tribe, we recommend you to have a look inside.
When we leave Ullastret, we will probably discover the most charming medieval town in Catalonia: Peratallada. You will be able to walk through the cobbled streets that still have the marks of the cars that formerly passed through the town and capture the heartbeat of the essence of that time. Do you feel it?
We will go ride again our burricletas and we will move forward between cultivation fields that make up a beautiful mosaic. You will find forage crops but also fruit trees. This is where the Girona Apple, a Protected Geographical Indication, is grown.
Talking about gastronomy, don't forget to taste the delicious oils and wines of the Empordà, with designation of origin: they are the ideal accompaniment to any dish in the country. We know that there is practically no better experience than a good plate on the table with local products. Do you agree? As you continu eriding, the vision of the Mongrí Massif will begin to become clearer and more impressive. The Massif, crowned by an unfinished castle is one of the most emblematic images of the Empordà.
You will also pass by the side of the Gualta hydraulic mill, known as La Central and which was very well fortified, taking advantage of the existence of an old castle or fortress to protect its most precious asset, wheat.
You are already reaching the final part of this stage and surely you already smell the sea. We pass the royal town of Torroella de Montgrí and continue along the Ter river side, cycling along the «mota», which provides us with beautiful views over the fields and canals, making it clear that agriculture has been part of the way of life of this land since the beginning of times.
We will arrive relaxedly to the Gola del Ter, name with which the mouth of the Ter river is called. The Ter River completes more than 200 km from the Pyrenees to get here.
From here there are magnificent views of the Medes Islands, a marine nature reserve that can boast of being one of the diving meccas in the Mediterranean. These islands are the natural extension of the Montgrí Massif to the sea. Formerly they had served as a refuge for pirates who attacked ships. But they also went inland to loot and kidnap men and women from the towns to later ask for ransoms.
We reach the end of the journey in the old fishing village of L'Estartit, which is now commercial and tourist.
Here we recommend to plonge into the water! If the weather is good, you can choose to do it on the long beach with fine sand or in one of the beautiful coves that the surroundings of the massif give us, such as Cala Pedrosa or Cala Ferriol: both, beautiful places of tranquility and beauty. Ah! And if you can, do it with snorkel glasses, you will see how wonderful it is! You will enjoy a unique show!