ROAD CYCLING • GRAVEL
This route is part of the Palamós Virtual Races
Active 24h/365 days
This circular route starts in the centre of Palamós and passes over three classic mountain passes in the Empordà on secondary roads with little traffic on most of the route. Head out of Palamós towards Calonge and follow the GI-660 road to head into the Gavarres mountains. From km 14 you climb the emblematic mountain pass called Coll de la Ganga, which connects to La Bisbal d’Empordà.
Places of interest
PHOTO: Romanyà de la Selva / Author: Espencat
Coll de la Ganga
A pass in the Gavarres mountains, between Puig d’Arques (535 m) and Puig de Ribot (327 m), which links the Calonge and Daró valleys. This 5 km-long mountain pass has an average gradient of 4%.
Church of Santa Pellaia
The parish church, dedicated to Saint Pelagia, is in the Baroque style with the apse facing west and it conserves part of the nave, covered by a barrel vault from the earlier Romanesque church. There are records of this site and the church from 1064, and it is one of the most popular places for cycling in the Empordà.
Romanyà de la Selva
Located in the heart of the Gavarres mountains, at 325 m above sea level, this is part of the municipality of Santa Cristina d’Aro. Among its elements of interest, there are important and well-preserved megalithic sites such as the Cova d’en Daina dolmen, the menhir of la Murta and the cist on the Calonge road. Also of interest are the church of Sant Martí de Romanyà, documented since the year 1019; the village cemetery, where the author Mercè Rodoreda is buried, who was closely connected to the place and its surroundings, which were a source of inspiration for works such as “Broken Mirror”, “Travels and Flowers” and “War, So Much War”; and the modernist boundary cross.