Route Sant Grau and Sant Miquel (from Sadernes). Route 2 Parishes of Alta Garrotxa

Sant Grau d'Entreperes has all the characteristics of a twelfth-century church. The first known reference to this church is in a document dating from 1265. Sant Miquel de Monteia is a single-naved church with a pointed-arch roof

Modality
  • By foot
Region
  • Garrotxa
Towns
  • Montagut i Oix
  • Sales de Llierca
Time
  • Between 3 and 4 hours
Difficulty
  • Medium
Time
  • 3h30min (anada)
Distance
  • 6,7Km
Hide elevation maximum
  • 1.051m
Hide elevation minimum
  • 249m
Ascent
  • 801m
Descent
  • 301m
Thematic
  • Parishes Alta Garrotxa routes

Start at signpost G33 Sadernes and head towards ‘Església de Sant Grau d’Entreperes i Església de Sant Miquel de Monteia’ along the path that originates from behind the church of Santa Cecília de Sadernes. Follow the yellow paint marks down into a holm-oak forest and across the half-hidden Pont de Sadernes, a bridge with no walls. Construction on this bridge started in the 1930s and it was designed to provide access for vehicles to the area of Alta Garrotxa. However, the floods in 1940 caused a series of landslides that affected the original site and the project was abandoned.

Once over the bridge, follow the path up to a electrical pylon and on to a asphalted road.

Turn right downhill but just before the road bridge of Pont de Planserenes you will see signpost G34 Planserenes on your left indicating you onward to ‘Església de Sant Grau d’Entreperes  i Església de Sant Miquel de Monteia’.

Head uphill on the path, initially through Scots pine woodland but as you gain height increasingly through holm oaks.

Keep to the path as it crosses a number of times the broad track that provides vehicular access to the houses at Sant Grau d’Entreperes.

The yellow paint marks will lead you into a more open area near the house of Can Pentinet, one of the first of the scattered houses that stand in the area around Sant Grau d’Entreperes that you’ll see. Pass next to the house keeping uphill through some abandoned pastures and on to signpost G139 Sant Grau d’Entreperes.

From here, follow the sign pointing you to ‘Església de Sant Grau d’Entreperes i Església de Sant Miquel de Monteia’ along a good track that will quickly take you to church of Sant Grau d’Entreperes.

After visiting the church, take the path that climbs up through the holm-oak forest to a pass, Coll Sabassa. Here, turn right and walk on to another pass, Coll de Jou, from where the path then starts to climbs decidedly to the summit of La Calma (1,053m). Enjoy the spectacular views over much of La Garrotxa and part of L’Empordà.

The rocky summit of La Calma lying between these two churches provides splendid views over the valley of the river Fluvià and the area of L’Alta Garrotxa: Sadernes, Sant Grau d’Entreperes, Santa Bàrbara, Montpetit and Montmajor, El Ferran, Bestrecà, Talaixà, Sant Marc and Comanegra, with Bassegoda and the high Pyrenees as a backdrop.

Before heading down through a mixed forest of holm oak.and pine to quickly reach the church of Sant Miquel de Monteia.

To return to Sadernes, simply retrace your tracks.