Ermita de Sant Antoni Cadolles Fondes Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau Ermita de Sant Antoni Ulldemolins
Spectacular tour in Serra del Montsant, a mountain range marked by spirituality since the Middle Ages and where we will find various hermitages and caves once inhabited by hermits who sought silence and stillness in these places.
We will take a classic tour of the northern slope of the natural park, from the Sant Antoni Hermitage to the Sant Bartomeu de Fraguerau Hermitage (4.5km). We can turn around here and go back the same way or we can continue our route to make a circular route through the Grau de l’Egua to return to our starting point (18km).
Once in the town of Ulldemolins, we will follow the directions for ‘Ruta de les’ Ermites’ along an asphalt road until we reach the Ermita de Sant Antoni, where we will leave the cars in its large parking lot. Before or after the route, we can visit Cooperativa de Ulldemolins and discover its oils and wines.
Route 00:00 h. 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.
00:25 h. The track turns into a trail and soon we arrive at the Cadolles Fondes and the Toll de la Mula, pools that are perfect for taking a bath on hot summer days. Legend has it that the Toll owes its name to the fact that a mule loaded with gold fell there. ????
00:45 h. Now we advance parallel to the Montsant river, walking through lush vegetation. We are surrounded by the whimsical shapes of the granite rocks, slowly sculpted, some of them with names like the Balladora rock, the Buddha, the Tres Jurats, the Tres Juradets… The place is truly spectacular.
01:00 h. Approximately one hour on the way, we will reach the suspension bridge over the Montsant river. We will cross it. We continue following the marks of the Gran Recorrido (GR) trail.
01:30 h. We go up the ravine and we will arrive at the Hermitage of Sant Bartomeu, an emblematic place of the entire Serra del Montsant. It is the perfect area for breakfast. The hermitage of Romanesque origin was restored during the 70s and this is where Fra Guerau lived, dedicated to prayer and contemplation. Without a doubt, the place was chosen for its beauty and calm. We must not miss Les Bassetes, where the drops of water have been able to pray the rock forming beautiful pools of crystalline water.
⚠️ Now we are presented with two options, we can return to our starting point being an easy and comfortable excursion… or if we are going, we can continue ascending the GR towards Venta de la Llena, just on the border with Lleida .
02:30 h. The path does not give up and climbs steadily and steadily, until we reach the C-242 road. We will continue parallel to the road for about 600 meters to the ruins of the Venta de la Serra de Llena to leave the GR heading south along a track that will soon become a path. Indicator stick. Now you have to be attentive to the stone milestones that mark the route.
03:30 h.For a long section the path flattens up to Punta dels Mònecs, where we have spectacular views.
04:10 h. We arrive at Grau de l’Euga, an aerial section where you have to be vigilant to overcome it. Sometimes it will be necessary to use your hands to progress on the steepest sections. We can see Mas del Soleràs in the background.
05:20 h. We advance between a landscape molded with rounded shapes that will capture our attention at all times and we arrive at Mas del Soleràs. Our descent comes to an end just where we meet the Montsant river again. We are now walking with the river on our left. After a few meters and if we look up, we will again see rocks with curious shapes such as El Bisbe, El Formatge or El Cap de Mort.
06:10 h. Confluence with the GR 65-5. We close our circular route.
07:00 h. We follow the GR until we reach our point of origin, the Ermita de Sant Antoni, in less than an hour. (translated with google, sorry!)
Note: Times are always approximate. Starting alone or with a large group can greatly alter the partial times and the final total.
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