Vayreda's Alta Garrotxa

Marian Vayreda's novel La Punyalada provides one of the best ways of discovering the Alta Garrotxa. The places depicted by this 19th century author in the scenes from his famous novel have been joined in this route.

  • Modality
    • By foot
  • Region
    • Garrotxa
  • Towns
    • Montagut i Oix
    • Sales de Llierca
  • Time
    • More than 4 hours
  • Difficulty
    • Medium
  • Estimated duration
    • 6h 30min
  • Distance
    • 16 km
  • Hide elevation maximum
    • 445
  • Hide elevation minimum
    • 270
  • Thematic
    • Parishes Alta Garrotxa routes

During the route we follow paths from the Itinerànnia footpath network to illustrate the traingle of love and death between Albert, Ivo and Coral·lí that Vayreda wove in his novel.

The starting point for this literary route is Sadernes, accessible by motor vehicle. Leave the car in the parking and take the Itinerant’s path which found it at the end of the stairs.

Following the yellow marks we found the signpost G32 «Molí d'en Galceran» which continue on the direction that marks Molí d'en Galceran. Following the marks we found the signpost G40 Pont d'en Valentí, continue direction “Oix 4h 35min”

30 minuts later we found a new signpost, G37 la Muntada which follow it direction also «Oix 4h 05 min». When we found the G38 Coll del Molí de Sant Aniol, take the direction to «Vila-roja» just the signpost G39 «Sant Aniol d'Aguja»

We find a new signpost, and from here we can go to the El Brull waterfall, taking the path that heads right from the fountain, always following the green and orange marks. It takes about 40 minutes (there and back).

For the return to Sadernes, it is suggested from La Núvia waterfall, in the direction indicated from the fountain. Throughout this section until the La Muntada detour, we will also find the yellow marks of Itinerànnia and those of the GR11. 

At the start, we will cross the Can Barrufa gully and, further on, we pass the ruins of Ca l’Abat to the right. We continue walking until the track begins an evident ascent. After a while, we reach Portell de la Guilla and soon we will have a perfect view of the Sant Aniol valley.

We reach the two valley viewing points: the Vicari waterfall and then the splendid Núvia waterfall. We must take care at this point, as it is a narrow path with a significant vertical drop.

A little further on, we find the G36 Itinerànnia crossroad and follow it towards Sadernes, and we leave the GR11 that heads towards Talaixà. This path descends quickly in a zigzag to the Gomarell lock.

Where we find the La Muntada crossroad, we will continue towards Sadernes, on the same path as the ascent: there is about 1 hour and 40 minutes left to reach our destination.


The regulations for uses and access to Sadernes, during periods of high influx, you will have a booking. The reservation gives the right of access to a vehicle in the Sadernes car park. Once the reservation has been made, you will receive an email that will be used to access you, with a reservation number and a QR code. This code is essential to access the space, guaranteeing capacity in the Sant Aniol valley.

You can buy the ticket on the booking page Prebooking

Book from a place with good mobile phone coverage. In Sadernes there is insufficient coverage.