Bathing pool route. Route 3 Santa Pau

This route takes you to some of the little-known bathing pools around Santa Pau. This walk also links to the route that visits some of the local natural springs.

Region
  • Garrotxa
Towns
  • Santa Pau
Difficulty
  • Easy
Time
  • 2h10min
Distance
  • 8,1 Km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 500m
Hide elevation minimum
  • 409m
Ascent
  • 159m
Descent
  • 159m

Start in the square La Plaça de Baix, signpost G29 Santa Pau, and head for the bathing pool, ‘Gorg de Caga-rates (20min)’. Walk through the Cases Noves street and down to the signpost G126 Camí Doma. Continue straight on towards ‘Gorg de Caga-rates (15min)’.
After leaving behind the nal houses of the village, pick up a footpath. Pass over a bridge, pont d’Instints, and continue through the pastures as far as signpost SP1 El Pujol. Here, turn left and into the elds. Cross the elds to reach the river Ser, which you can cross on some basalt steppingstones.
Turn right and follow the path that will take you on your right to the bathing pool, Gorg de caga-rates.
Continue along the path next to the river. Pass the water treatment plant and continue until the yellow Itinerànnia waymarking points you across the river. Immediately you will come to signpost SP2 Can Poteí; here, turn right and follow the signs towards another bathing pool, ‘Gorg Blau (15min)’. Pick up the small metalled road that heads towards the Santuari dels Arcs.
A little before reaching the sanctuary, turn left and leave the metalled road. Pick up a dirt track, pass by an oakwood, Roureda de Pratdevall, and continue straight on. Cross the stream and immediately on your left you will see Gorg Blau.
Once you have visited the bathing pool, head back to signpost SP2 Can Poteí and follow the signs towards ‘Can Cutilla (30min)’. Cross the GI-524 Santa Pau-Mieres road and walk into the Cal Patxet campsite. On the other side, leave the campsite and cross a stream, Riera de Sant Martí, on a wooden footbridge. Follow the yellow waymarking as far as signpost SP3 Pla del Molí, where you should turn right to reach within a few metres signpost SP4 Molí Nou. Here, follow the signs towards ‘Gorg de Can Cutilla (15min)’. Keep on along the dirt track until you come to signpost SP5 Camí de la Clota, where you should turn right and follow the yellow waymarking; after 10 minutes walking you will reach the bathing pool.
Once refreshed, head back to signpost SP3 Pla del Molí and continue onwards towards ‘Santa Pau (40min)’. On this stretch you follow the old cart trail that once linked Santa Pau to Mieres. You reach signpost G28 Can Coderc, where you can turn right to visit the church of Sant Martí Vell in just 10 minutes.
To return straight to Santa Pau, however, turn left along a dirt track that heads through fields and pastures and crosses the GI-524 road again. Continue along a minor road and, just before crossing the river Ser, turn right and pass by a number of basalt columns. Cross over the wooden footbridge and climb up to enter the village through the old walls and back to your starting point.