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Sales de Llierca to Mare de Déu del Mont

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  • Passing through rural land around Sales de Llierca towards the mountains.
    / Passing through rural land around Sales de Llierca towards the mountains.
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • / Statue of Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer who stayed at the Del Mont sanctuary in 1884.
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • / Views on the steep climb to El Mont.
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • / From the summit you can enjoy 360° views of the Pyrenees and the Alta Garrotxa region.
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
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A long tough climb starts off the day's walking as you ascend to the sanctuary at del Mont. Catch your breathe at the top and take in the superb views.

12,6 km
6:30 h
965 hm
130 hm

From Sales de Llierca you have a long, tough climb ahead through rural farmland and forest to Serra del Mont - at it's steepest just before you reach the summit. At 1123m this is the highest point reached on the Foothills of the Pyrenees walk. The effort that went in to getting here however will be more than repaid by the magnificent views from the summit. From the snowcapped high Pyrenees range to across the entire Garrotxa region and to the coast at the Bay of Roses you can enjoy some truly stunning vistas from the summit.


Enjoy a welcome break at the summit of Mare deDéu del Mont. There is a full terraced café and restaurant here where you can take in the scenery. User
Laura Paterson
Aktualisierung: 20.05.2019

Höchster Punkt
1102 m
Tiefster Punkt
237 m


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.

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Points of Interest

Mare de Déu del Mont

The summit of El Mont to which you will climb is the highest peak in the Mare de Déu del Mont mountain range at 1123m and the highest point you will reach on the Foothill of the Pyrenees walks. It is a popular mountain with tourists, walkers & cyclists having a road that runs to the summit and has regularly been referred to in Catalan literature. The mountain is also know as Porta del Pirineu meaning the gateway to the Pyrenees. On clear day you will have views across to the higher Pyrenees peaks of the West and as far as Bay of Roses to the East.

Food & Drink

There is a full restaurant and a café with terrace at Mare de Déu del Mont where you can enjoy a full lunch or just a quick sandwich and cake!


Itinerannia information board in the centre of Sales de Llierca (264 m)
42.236015, 2.650522
31T 471164 4676040


Mare de Déu del Mont Sanctuary


0.00km - From the information board next to the church in the centre of Sales de Llierca TURN LEFT on to the road.

0.15km - TURN RIGHT at the crossroads and continue STRAIGHT ON the main gravel track past fields and houses. Ignore and smaller tracks leading away into fields. There is waymarker paint on a tree just at the crossroads marking the route.

0.81km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the gravel track as you pass an Itinerannia signpost.

1.10km - TURN LEFT off the gravel track on to a narrow path leading through the forest at a markerpost just before a concrete bridge.

1.31km - TURN LEFT at a T-junction in the path and as the forest opens into a fields continue on the wider track.

2.01km - When you reach a paved road TURN RIGHT across the bridge and continue STRAIGHT ON as it climbs steeply.

2.93km - At the Can Bosch signpost BEAR RIGHT uphill on the road. 

2.95km - TURN LEFT away from the road on to a path heading up through trees marked by yellow paint on a tree.

3.05km - BEAR LEFT following the path uphill at the remains of a building. As the path zig-zags up hill look out for marker paint on the trees.

3.30km - Cross the gravel road and continue STRAIGHT ON the path on the narrow path on the other side. After around 200m you will need to climb over several large boulders and rocks on the path before it rejoins the gravel road.

3.59km - When you reach the gravel road TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON uphill.

4.30km - TURN LEFT off of the gravel road on to a rocky path at the markerpost. Take care on the loose ground on this path.

5.74km - As you reach the gravel road again TURN LEFT and continue uphill.

5.95km - BEAR LEFT onto a narrow path downhill at the yellow markers and sign to Lliu Bona.

6.53km - When you reach a gravel track, cross over and continue uphill on the signed path on the opposite side.

6.64km - TURN LEFT at a metal fence and continue on the main path uphill until you reach an Itinerannia signpost.

6.80km - TURN RIGHT at the signpost on to the uphill path, pass through a metal gate following the path towards  a house. The path runs up to a green shed just behind the house and then directly around the back of the house.

6.90km - The path becomes clear again heading uphill from the other end of the house.

7.04km - Continue through a metal gate follow the path STRAIGHT ON. Beware of the electric fence overhead at the gate.

7.09km - TURN RIGHT on to a gravel road then after 50m TURN LEFT on to the uphill path at the the paint marking on the tree just before you reach the field.

7.76km - Pass through another electric fence and continue STRAIGHT ON ahead to the right.

7.95km - TURN RIGHT at the gravel track and follow it uphill for the next kilometre.

8.95km - There is a slightly lower electric fence to be crossed* at a clearing with an Itinerannia signpost. TURN LEFT for the signpost following the route to Mare de Déu del Mont.

*(There is no handle to remove the wire so if you are not comfortable crossing the fence you can walk around behind the Itinerannia signpost to the right skirting the the fence and get back on track by crossing the cattle grid).

9.06k - TURN RIGHT off the main track on to the track heading downhill at the large Beuda/Besalu sign.

9.88km - Reach an electric fence at the farm at Espinau. TURN LEFT at a an old farm trailer (there are yellow waymarkers on the drain on the right-hand side and on a fence post just ahead on the path). Continue STRAIGHT ON the grassy path.

10.00km - BEAR LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON ignoring the path to the right laeding downhill.

10.10km - BEAR RIGHT on to a path throught the forest, (waymarked on a tree). The path climbs steeply through the forest with occassional paint markers to mark the route.

11.20km - Reach a clearing and Itinerannia signpost. TURN RIGHT follow the route to Mare de Déu del Mont.

11.44km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the path uphill ignoring the path to the right.

12.08km - As you near the summit TURN RIGHT a the painted waymarker ignoring the path leading straight on downhill. After 200m pass through the gate and TURN LEFT on to the road. Follow the road up to the carpark and summit of El Mont.


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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.

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Joann J
09.06.2019 · Community
Great walk up the mountain, rewarded by lovely views and a very good restaurant at the top. Some steep, rough areas, but easier than we expected overall. If over 65, add a few hours to the MacsAdventure time estimate and do bring snacks.
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