Argelaguer-Mare de Déu del Guilar. Ruta 1 Argelaguer

The church of La Mare de Déu del Guilar was founded by the knight Simó de Balbs in 1334 as a chapel for the castle of the same name. On the 1st May, every year local people gather at the church to make an offering, and then eat rice and dance.

Region
  • Garrotxa
Towns
  • Argelaguer
Difficulty
  • Easy
Time
  • 2h 30min
Distance
  • 7,47 km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 309 m
Hide elevation minimum
  • 161 m
Ascent
  • 165 m
Descent
  • 165 m

Park next to the Town Hall and sports hall where you will find the Itinerànnia information panel and signpost G179-Argelaguer.

First, head for Carrer Major and, once over the bridge, turn right, follow the small path and cross the stream by a footbridge. Keep left along the path that follows the stream bank and continue along a path passing between stone walls on both sides until you reach a road. Here, turn right and follow the tarmac until you see on your left a small electricity transformer station. Just before this building, though, turn left and follow the path down into the dry streambed (which only has water very rarely). Continue in and out of the streambed until you almost reach the river, where you should turn left on a path that follows the main riverbank. After just a few metres, the path widens and – always taking the path nearest to the river at each junction – follow the same path until you come out to a road and a passing place over the river. Cross the river and bear right along a track that begins to climb quite steeply into the woods with a metal fence on the left. In just over 1 km you will come to a wooden post on your right indicating a path that climbs up into the woods

Retrace your steps for the return journey: from the signpost G-52 La Mare de Déu del Guilar follow the footpath and then the track down towards the village of Argelaguer. Once over the bridge, turn left on a path that follows the riverbank. It narrows and veers slightly leftwards before reaching the dry streambed, which you should head up to reach the small electricity transformer station again. Here, turn right along the road and then, after a hundred metres or so, turn left along the path flanked by stone walls. Follow the path alongside the stream as far as the bridge, where you turn left and take the footpath back to the main street, Carrer Major. Turn left and in a few minutes you will find yourself back at the Town Hall.