We leave the Baix Empordà Burricleta Centre and go towards Gualta, but without going into the village. Instead we go past the old romanic Daró bridge, witness to many events from the time when it was the only way in the area to cross the Daró river.
We follow the river leaving the Serra de Daró on our right to then enter the small village of Fonolleres, where there is a gothic style church dedicated to Sant Cristòfol.
Continuing the tour, we find Matajudaica which really stands out in the spring when the surrounding fields come into bloom.
Carrying on, we approach another amazing landscape: Ullastret. The medieval structure predominates the centre of Ullastret, made up of steep, narrow streets surrounded by well preserved walls.
But, it isn’t the only one. Palau-sator is situated in the middle of the plain and has maintained the look and framework of a typical medievel village with a well defined walled part, presided by a tall tower which must have been part of an old castle, the Torre de les Hores. We then go towards the small village of Fontclara to finally arrive at Fontanilles, a town which is situated at the top of two small hills. On the northern one is the church and at the top of central hill there are the ruins of the old medievel castle, known as “Castellot”.
And now, you’ll see that you’re returning and that Gualta is just ahead; we carry on climbing and go in to the village to see the old 17th century flour mill.
We go back, riding along the paths across the plains with a glimpse of the inspiration that Josep Pla was looking for when he visited Empordanet.