A steep descent followed by a more gentle walk down the mountain to the village of Beuda followed by a short walk to the historic town of Besalu.
The upper section of the decent is steep, but fortunately you will find the climb down much more forgiving with sections following the road up the mountain. Continue to the small rural communtiy of Beuda - a peaceful village with a lovely main square set next to the church.
Leave Beuda and head towards Besalu, passing the Santa Maria de Palera and Sant Sepulchre de Palera churches. Besalu is a charming and fantastically well-preserved medieval town, complete with an impressive 11th century fortified bridge over the River Fluvia.
You should arrive in Besalu to have plenty of time in the afternoon to wander around the cobbled streets lined with artisan craft shops, admire the impressive architecture or simply sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere of the bustling main square, the Placa de la Libertat.
If you wish to visit the Jewish baths in Besalu this must be booked in advance.
There steep rocky sections of today's hike, and parts of the path cross loose, soft ground and mossy rocks, take care especially following rain as parts of the path may be quite slippery.
There are some parts of the route today where you will be required to walk along roads. Although the roads are quiet they are not completely traffic free. Bear this in mind. Walk on the left-hand side of the road as much as possible facing the oncoming traffic, unless you are walking round a blind left hand bend in which case you should walk on the right to have a better view of any traffic in both directions.
Take care when crossing any electric fences on today's route, in most cases there is a handle to be used to disconnect the fence so that you can safely walk through.
Points of Interest
Pont de Besalú
One of the most famous sites of La Garrotxa is the medieval bridge in the town of Besalú. There has been a bridge on the site in one form or another since the 11th Century. However, the bridge has been destroyed several times. Most recently it was rebuilt in the 1950's after being destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
Mikveh/Jewish Baths, Besalú
In the remains of the old synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Besalú is this rare example of a ritual bath, only rediscovered in 1964 during excavation works. The baths are believed to date from the 12th century and were used as part of a purification ritual where men would bathe on Friday's before the Sabbath and women on important occassions such as before their wedding and before/after childbirth. A visit to the Mikveh must be booked in advance through the local tourist information office.http://www.besalu.cat/turisme-2/oficina-de-turisme-2/contacte-informacio-i-situacio/
Food & Drink
There are no guaranteed cafés or restaurants on the today. Get a packed lunch or a snack from your accomodation before you leave, or take advantage of the many eateries once you arrive in Besalu.
Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this walk. Walking poles will also be beneficial on the steeper sections. You should always be prepared for poor weather: bring a warmer layer and waterproof jacket as it is often noticeably cooler and windier in the mountains. Remember sun cream and take plenty of fluids on hot days.