Garriga d'Empordà hike-Avinyonet de Puigventós

The area called La Garriga is a little known area where the Empordà meets the mountains. The rolling terrain is relatively flat, with only small changes in elevation. The approximately 1,245-hectare plain

Modality
  • By foot
Region
  • Alt Empordà
Towns
  • Avinyonet de Puigventós
Time
  • Less than 3 hours
Difficulty
  • Easy
Time
  • 2h20min
Distance
  • 9km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 178m
Hide elevation minimum
  • 58m
Ascent
  • 147m
Descent
  • 147m
Thematic
  • Garriga d'Empordà

Plain is divided into the municipalities of Llers, Avinyonet de Puigventós, Vilanant and a small section of Vilafant.

This is a typical Mediterranean stretch of the hike, with exceptional dry stone constructions that include terraces, walls, ditches and plots. Built and used by the region’s ancient inhabitants, their condition is precarious and special care must be taken to preserve (and restore) these architectural treasures.

The hike in Avinyonet starts the Itinerànnia AE197 trail junction. Follow the sign towards Figueres, taking the Camí Vell d'Avinyonet de Puigventós for almost three kilometres (about 45 min.) until Corella, where the trail crosses the AE191. Follow the sign toward Vilanant (through Olivet d'en Vicenç), along the Camí de les Pedreres.

Reach the quarry (pedrera) in about a 15 minute walk. Continue along the Camí de Figueres a Llers, which bears to the left about 100 meters past the quarry. This stretch coincides with the Garriga de Llers hike for a couple of kilometres.

The path ends at a road about 600 meters from the Puig d'en Roca. Take this road for about 400 meters. The tail network and the Llers hike continue to the right, but this route continues towards Avinyonet. Leaving the trail network, the path also coincides with La Garriga to Vilanant hike for another 700 meters to Can Comelles. Leave the road and follow a path to the left. Turn right after a few meters and follow the path, which turns back to the left again. Walk for about 400 meters until the path ends in a trail. Take the trail to the right to the Horts d'en Rissec. Return to the village along Carrer de Llers to Plaça Pous i Pagès; the street intersects with the AE197 and the starting point of the hike.