DIFFICULTY
Easy

Category:
HIKING • TRAIL RUNNING

LENGTH
5km

TOTAL ASCENT
+143m

APPROX. DURATION TRAIL
30min

APPROX. DURATION HIKING
1h

ROUTE TRACKING
Signals

This route is part of the Palamós Virtual Races
TIMED ROUTE

Active 24h/365 days

Description

A circular route starting from Can Pere Tià which passes through wooded areas and paths in the Valle de Bell-lloc. Go to the start of the Can Pere Tià trail, close to the children’s park and follow this route, crossing the river. Continue straight on and then you have to turn to the right where you head into a wood, leaving the river on the right-hand side.

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You can follow the signs all along this route, which is some 5 km long and has a gentle elevation gain and mainly easy terrain without technical difficulties, although you will find some stretches with stones, roots and rough ground. You can see the mill of Mas Xifra de la Vall, the church of Santa Maria de Bell-lloc and the castle of Vila-romà. Once you have seen the castel of Vila-romà, carry on along the main trail on which, on the left you will find the walls that were built when the valley was inhabited to create terraces for growing vines. Further on, before a very tight curve towards the right, you can see an opening in the ground where water wells up naturally in rainy periods: this is the fountain of the dogs. Carry on along the same track, and rejoin the Can Pere Tià trail further down. Follow this until you arrive back at the start point.

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Terrain

Path60%
Track40%
Built-up area0%

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Places of interest

PHOTO: Church of Santa Maria de Bell-lloc. / Author: Bestiasonica.

Church of Santa Maria de Bell-lloc

Although the current church seems to have been built in 1758, in around 1270 the lords of the castle of Vila-romà had already contributed to the construction of a chapel. From around the 17th century there are records of hermits who retired to this site that was by then a hermitage, and at the same time repaired the neighbouring house so they could live in it. The best known was Saint Joseph Oriol, who served the hermitage with prayer and by curing the poor and sick, until the last quarter of the 18th century.

Bell-lloc fountain

In this place, the “meal of the encounters” was held, traditionally in September. This was dedicated to the Virgin of Bell-lloc as a sign of the people’s gratitude for saving it from the plague. A channel carries the water to a cistern where it is stored. If the spring has been rainy, you can still find water here in the summer.

Vila-romà castle

Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, this belonged to the Alemany family until 1276 when it was sold to the Bishop of Girona. After passing through various, hands, the French troops dynamited it in 1812 during the Peninsular War. Since then, it has gradually fallen into decay. It has a rectangular floorplan and consists of two concentric structures. In the central part, there is a wall of some 10 m that must have been part of the keep. Of the external structure, you can see one of the two towers that must have guarded the entrance, where you can see the rectangular merlons and arrowslits. We recommend staying out of it owing to its precarious and dangerous state of repair.