A TRIP THROUGH THE HEART OF THE MONTGRÍ SURROUNDED BY DRY STONE STRUCTURES
By Ferran Codina Falgàs
When we think about the Montgrí, the typical silhouette of the massif with the unfinished castle crowning the mountain comes to mind. Behind this iconic facade of the Empordà, the massif hides infinite spots and stories to discover.
L’Escala has tons of spots ready to discover, whether on foot or by bicycle. To get started, try the Masos trail, harking back to the pirate era. If you’d rather feel the breeze by bike, the Coastal trail will reward you with the best views of the Costa Brava. Try one, the other, or both!
In 1986, the coastal marshes of la Pletera disappeared due to the construction of a promenade and six apartment blocks on the seafront. After a few years, the city halls of Torroella de Montgrí and L'Estartit joined forces to deurbanize the area and restore the natural space. The Life Pletera project was implemented from 2014 to 2018, and its results show that it is still possible to restore altered areas to their full ecological functionality despite urban pressures.
Early in the morning, we can smell the freshness in the fields along the banks of the River Ter. The night has moved on elsewhere as day breaks. Through the rearview mirror we see the Montgrí majestically looming over flowery fields. There is a springtime scent in the air as distances roll by. Today I'll move beyond these landmarks, above the lines, shapes, textures, and colors. I'll fly high, like a wingless bird.
I was dreaming of a heavenly Greek beach, but I stayed put in a bright cove in Palamós. The pandemic kept me from venturing too far from home, and this was the perfect excuse to stick around for local tourism. What a pleasure it was to rediscover that our Mediterranean coastline has nothing to envy about the sea's eastern shores.
On the way to Cala Nans lighthouse we’ll discover the southern shore of Cadaqués Bay, unspoilt and less crowded, in the typical rocky landscape of Cap de Creus. We’ll find Sa Sabolla beach, the lighthouse and the wonderful sights of the bay at the tip of Cala Nans.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE AN ATHLETE TO ENJOY E-MOUNTAIN BIKING!
By Azucena MoyaPhoto Yayoi Sawada
On the way to Maçanet de Cabrenys stormy dark clouds cover the Albera
mountains. The sun doesn’t shine, but we are so keen on nature that we happily follow the Darnius road, breathing in the green across the woods. The landscape changes quickly, Mediterranean forest fades away and we soon find the mountainous vegetation of Albera and Salines. Surrounded by oaks and hollies we head towards the starting point of our route. Next to Maçanet, at a junction, Marc and Viviane are already waiting for us. They are the founders of E-bikes Tramuntana, an electric mountain bike rental company.
Imeet Javi, a great photographer and an even better friend, at a
cosy café in Santa Cristina d’Aro. With the assignment to develop a feature on the megalithic tour in Romanyà de la Selva, we begin our day with an easy chat while we walk serenely to the start of the trail.