Greenway from Bot to La FontcaldaBy foot or with bicycle
Duration: 3:00h + 1:30h (visit and wine tasting)
Distance: 12 km
Slope: 280 m
Bot Train station Prat de Compte La Fontcalda Bot Visit cellar Cal Menescal
Route Greenway from Bot to La Fontcalda
We will start our Vins i Camins route in the DO Terra Alta, specifically in Bot. We will follow the old railway line of the Zafán Valley, currently converted into a comfortable footpath that forms part of the greenway Via Verde del Val de Zafán.
At the end of the route, we will enjoy a visit that includes wine tasting and snacks at the Cal Menescal winery in Bot.
00′. We start the route of the Vía Verde of Bot at the church of Sant Blai. We head south and quickly reach the old Bot station.
5′. We are already walking along the old railway line. We head towards Prat del Compte station.
25′. We go through the first tunnel. We recommend that you take torches or a headlamp for greater comfort, as there are several tunnels along the route, one of which is more than 700 metres long and curved.
45′. We arrive at the old train station of Prat del Compte. Here we take the road that starts behind the station building until we get close to Mas del Navarro, where we leave the road to take a footpath on the right.
55′. In a few minutes, we reach a natural pool and the Estrets, where the Canaletas river makes its way through a spectacular strait. At the Fountain of Los Chorros, the water gushes out at a temperature of 28ºC, ideal for bathing at any time of the year.
1h. We arrive at the Sanctuary of Mare de Déu de la Fontcalda (14th century). We enjoy lunch in the recreational area.
1h 30′. We leave the sanctuary by crossing the Canaletas river. We then climb steeply up the path until we find the Vía Verde again. We enter through a tunnel and walk amidst the gloom until we are back again at the station of Prat de Compte.
1h 50′. From the station, we follow the same road we used on the way out. However, we must be careful. Just at the exit of the third tunnel, on the left-hand side, we have to take a somewhat confusing footpath to the south.
2h 15′. The footpath will take us to the Forat de la Donzella. We will continue along a track and approach the Hermitage of Sant Josep. From the hermitage, we will follow the tracks and paths to the village of Bot.
3h. We finally arrive at the old Bot station. We then head to the Cal Menescal winery for a visit and a tasting of its wines and vinegars.
Note: All times are approximate. Doing the route alone or in a group can alter the partial and total times.
Discover wineries by walking through some wonderful landscapes.