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Excursió Trip

Foto J. Renart (AFAT)

Excursion to Montgrí, Illes Medes and Baix Ter natural park The Baix Ter natural park not only includes the Montgrí mountain chain and the Medes Islands but an immense diversity of landscapes, wildlife, villages, histories and trails. What a gift to be able to experience all this on our doorstep!

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begin my trail at the 14th century chapel of Santa Caterina, hidden in the valley north of Ullà, amongst the Montplà mountains. The mild climate invites me to enjoy the walking. Nature embraces me and offers a great variety of living treasures; sun-dried fields, orchids, owls, eagles, cormorants and bats. Through forests of white pines and garrigues, I let myself be enchanted by continental dunes, relishing the sight of that rarity in these parts, moss. Birds of prey are the most common species nesting in Montgrí. Soon I see new horizons open before me, behind the ridges, revealing the huge expanse of this park. Here you can find up to 38 natural habitats and 32 unique features declared Cultural Points of Natural Interest. There are almost 180 km of signposted trails for walking or cycling. Covering a grand total of 8.000 hectares, 2.000 of which cover the sea, means that almost 70 % of Torroella de Montgrí and L’Estartit is within the protected area. In 2016 the Montgrí, Illes Medes and Baix

Foto Javier Almar

Ter Natural Park was awarded the prestigious CETS prize (European Certificate for Sustainable Tourism) rewarding the commitment to responsible tourism and environmental protection between managers of natural spaces, businesspeople and local collaborators. I head towards Montplà, in the direction of Montgrí Castle. Standing at 310’8 m, Montplà is the highest mountain of the chain. The views from its lookout point are spectacular. L’Estartit and the Medes Islands to my right, in front of me a part of Baix Ter and Roses Bay to the left. The Garrigàs hillside lies before the final climb. Now home to a healthy population of wild goats (Capra Pyrenaica) who love the rocky mountainsides. Escaping from the abandoned Sobrestany Animal Park in 2008, the goats quickly adapted to their newfound home, and began to breed naturally. From here the climb up to Montgrí Castle is short and the views are magnificent. A military fort between 1294 and 1301 under the command of King Jaume II, used in conflicts amongst the Counts of Barcelona and Empúries, the castle remains an unfinished landmark in the area. Ending my walk with a visit to Espai Montgrí gallery in Torroella, and the Mediterranean Museum which houses it, I sit down to write knowing that I have only scratched the surface of the richness this place has to offer. With activities and gourmet experiences too numerous to mention, I settle on my summary: this is a land that breathes peace into you. // [69]

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