DIFFICULTY
Hard

Category:
ROAD CYCLING • GRAVEL

LENGTH
72km

TOTAL ASCENT
+955m

APPROX. DURATION
3h 30min

ROUTE TRACKING
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This route is part of the Palamós Virtual Races
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Description

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.

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Once you have gone over the top of the pass, you can enjoy the pleasant descent, and at km 16.5 take the turning towards Sant Sadurní de l’Heura. Next, take the GI-664 road and start a stretch with excellent cycling. You are in the middle of the Gavarres, pedalling along the Santa Pellaia mountain pass, a pleasant gradual climb which enables you to enjoy this marvellous natural setting. Once you reach the top, a fast descent takes you to Cassà de la Selva where you take the C-65 road towards Llagostera. This is the stretch of the route with the most traffic and you will find you want to ride quickly. Straight away, take the GIV-6612 road towards Romanyà de la Selva on the last of the most popular cycling passes in the Empordà, where you can enjoy its marvellous old centre. Carry on along this road until you come to Calonge and then take the GI-661 road to cross Sant Antoni de Calonge towards Palamós, where you enter on the promenade and can enjoy the marvellous views.

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Terrain

Main roads (with traffic)15%
Secondary roads (little traffic)85%

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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.