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.
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.
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
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!http://santuaridelmont.com/en/
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.