The Hermitage of Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau

By the Grau de l’Euga
A route with two variants
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Option 01. Up to the Hermitage of St Bartomeu de Fraguerau
 Duration: 3:00h
 Distance: 9 km 

 Slope: 300 m

Option 02. Full hike along the Grau de l’Euga
 Duration: 7:00h
 Distance: 18 km
 Difficulty: High
 Slope: 700 m

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Ermita de Sant Antoni  Cadolles Fondes  Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau  Ermita de Sant Antoni  Ulldemolins

A breathtaking hike through the Serra del Montsant, a mountain range that has been characterised by spirituality since the Middle Ages. Here you will find various hermitages and caves once inhabited by hermits who sought silence and tranquillity in these lands.

We will take a well-known trail along the northern slope of this natural park, from the Hermitage of Sant Antoni to the Hermitage of Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau (4.5km). We can either turn around here and return along the same trail, or we can continue the hike following a circular trail along the Grau de l’Egua and back to our starting point (18km).

Once we arrive at the village of Ulldemolins, we will follow the signposts for the ‘Ruta de les Ermites’ through a paved road until we reach the Hermitage of Sant Antoni, where we will leave our cars in its large car park. Before or after the route, we can visit the Cooperativa de Ulldemolins and discover its oils and wines.

Route of The Hermitage of Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau

00′. We start walking from the parking lot following the red and white GR 65-5 markings along a forest track. The road is in continuous descent to the valley of the river Montsant. We passed by the La Gleva fountain.

25′. The track turns into a footpath and soon you reach the Cadolles Fondes and the Toll de la Mula, two ponds that are perfect for a swim on hot summer days. Legend has it that the Toll owes its name to a mule loaded with gold that fell in it.

45′. Now we continue walking alongside the Montsant River surrounded by lush vegetation. All around us lie the whimsical shapes of the granite rocks, slowly sculpted, some of them with names such as the Balladora rock, the Buda, the Tres Jurats, the Tres Juradets… The place is truly spectacular.

1h. Approximately one hour into the hike we will reach the suspension bridge hanging over the Montsant river. We will cross it and then continue following the tracks of the Gran Recorrido (GR) path.

1h 30′. We head up the ravine and arrive at the Sant Bartomeu Hermitage, an emblematic place in the Serra del Montsant. It is the perfect place to have breakfast. The Romanesque hermitage was restored during the 1970s. This is where Fra Guerau lived, dedicated to prayer and contemplation. The place was undoubtedly chosen for its beauty and calm. Here you can’t miss Les Bassetes, where the drops of water have been able to weave their way through the rock, forming beautiful little pools of crystalline water.

⚠️ At this point we have two options: we can return to our starting point, an easy and comfortable excursion… or if you’re up for it, we can continue ascending along the GR towards Venta de la Llena, right on the border of Lleida.

2h 30′. The footpath is relentless and rises steeply and continuously until you reach the C-242 road. We will then continue walking parallel to the road for about 600 metres until we reach the ruins of the Venta de la Serra de Llena. We will finally leave the GR heading south on a track that will soon become a footpath. Here we must pay attention to the milestones that mark the route.

3h 30′. For a long stretch, the footpath flattens out to the Punta dels Mònecs with its spectacular views.

4h 10′. We arrive at Grau de l’Euga, an aerial section where we have to be careful on how to overcome it. At times you will have to use your hands to make progress on the steeper sections. There we will get to see Mas del Soleràs in the background.

5h 20′. We continue through a landscape dotted with rounded shapes that will capture our attention at all times until we reach the Mas del Soleràs. The descent comes to an end just where we meet the Montsant river again. We then walk alongside the river to our left. After a few metres and if we look up we will see again rocks with curious shapes such as El Bisbe, El Formatge or El Cap de Mort.

6h 10′. The path meets the GR 65-5. We finish the circular route.

7h. We follow the GR until we reach the starting point at the Ermita de Sant Antoni in less than an hour.

Note: All times are approximate. Doing the ride alone or with a group can significantly alter the split times and the total time.

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