HIKING • TRAIL RUNNING
APPROX. DURATION TRAIL
APPROX. DURATION HIKING
This route is part of the Palamós Virtual Races
Active 24h/365 days
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.
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.
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.
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.