Dalinian landscape. Route 6 Alt Empordà

Region
  • Alt Empordà
Towns
  • Cadaqués
Difficulty
  • Medium
Time
  • 5h 15min
Distance
  • 17 km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 257
Hide elevation minimum
  • 1
Ascent
  • 495 m
Descent
  • 495 m

You start off in Cadaqués, facing the bay. Continue along the waterfront from Poal until you reach the square Plaça des Portitxol. To the right of this square, you will see the street Carrer de la Miranda. Right at the beginning of the street you will see the first yellow “Itinerànnia” marker.

From this point onwards you must look out for the yellow markers. The end of Carrer de la Miranda connects with the way to Portlligat: you will see some large earthenware pots and from here you follow the directions on the markers.

When you get onto the road, on the right you will see the Church of Sant Baldiri. Head towards it and take the downhill path, leaving the church on the right. After few meters you must turn left: and from here you can make out the beach of Portlligat.

Once you are down by the dried up stream, keep a lookout for the sign that tells you to turn left. It is just before the bridge. Go along the stream and follow the cobbled path until the end.

From here you cross the road a couple of times until you find a path heading downwards. On you right you will be able to make out Es Jonquer cove and further in the distance, the cape Punta d'en Codera. The path is lined with many mulberry trees. As the path now continues with stone walling on each side, you can see the olive trees nearby.

Next follow a small stretch of the road on the right (for about 200 meters). Turn at the signpost with the directions for Sant Lluís beach and continue straight ahead in the direction of Jugadora cove. On the right is the beach of Sant Lluís. Following this path you come to a small junction, from which point you go towards the left. This part was probably once land dedicated to vineyards.

Once you get to the top of the climb turn left, leaving the banner indicating Cap de Creus nature reserve on the right. After a few meters, we find the road once again and you will see a blue metal gate. If it is closed when you go through it, please remember to close it after you. Turn right and follow a track along the asphalted road. You should see confirmation marks on your left. After a few meters you will see a poster for the Strict Nature reserve, on the right. There is also a yellow marker that indicates that you still have to continues straight along the same road.

A few yards further on you leave the main road and turn left before a lane closed off by a chain. From here onwards the stretch coincides with the GR-11. At the bottom of the valley you will see the country houses of Mas Rabassers.

Continue on from the farmhouses following the markers. After a while, you cross over a bar gate and continue straight on. Make sure you close it properly. By now you can see that as you have gone on, the landscape has become wilder.

You will then see a wooden signpost indicating the way to Port de la Selva and you must continue in this direction. Later, another wooden signpost shows you how many kilometres to a number of villages, at which point you must turn right. You will see a shepherd's hut and shortly after the downhill path begins. The descent is very steep and followed by another climb upwards. You then go through another gate, which you close behind you. Then you turn to the right. Here, once again you have views over the sea. Turn right again, in the direction of the farmhouse. Look for the AE138-Mas Vell signpost and head in the direction of Cadaqués. This track, which you take until you get to Cadaqués corresponds to the GR-92. There is now 2h10' remaining.

This path cannot be missed: most of the time you are walking above the dry stone wall which in some sections is considerably high. The trail is very flat and zig-zags to the top of the mountain, where you have great sea views. You then come to an intersection theAE139- Sobre Mas de Bufadors: from which point you must follow the direction indicated as Cadaqués 1h45'. From here onwards the path descends and you will see in front of you the sea at Cadaqués and as you go down you will be able to make out the white houses and the belfry of this beautiful town.