Start Touren Santa Pau to Santa Maria de Finestres Loop Walk
Meine Karte
Tour hierher planen Tour kopieren

Santa Pau to Santa Maria de Finestres Loop Walk

· 1 Bewertung · Wanderung · Santa Pau
Verantwortlich für diesen Inhalt
Macs Adventure Verifizierter Partner  Explorers Choice 
  • /
    Foto: Laura Paterson, Macs Adventure
  • / The village of Santa Pau dominated by it's medieval castle
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • /
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • /
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • / Looking down on the remains of the sanctuary at Finestres
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
  • / Green meadows and tree covered volcanic hills
    Foto: Fraser Linden, Macs Adventure
m 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 12 10 8 6 4 2 km

A steep climb through beech and holmoak forests to Santa Mana de Finestres returning by a different route to Santa Pau.

12,7 km
4:00 h
480 hm
483 hm

Enjoy a walk from Santa Pau up to the summit of Finestres, for some of the finest views of La Garrotxa. Walking through leafy beechwoods and holm-oak forests, you ascend to the Santa Maria de Finestres, a small sanctuary with panoramic views across the mountains.

This is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch before returning to Santa Pau for a second night in this atmospheric Catalan village.


It is possible to continue climbing to Roca del Castell on a small path leading up from the courtyard and Santa Mana de Finestres. The summit offers an excellent alternative view point, but it is steep and very rocky in places with significant drops. Out and back will add approximately 1km. User
Fraser Linden
Aktualisierung: 21.05.2019

Höchster Punkt
884 m
Tiefster Punkt
437 m
Beste Jahreszeit


There are a few steep sections of path today, and as you gain height and some significant drops. Take care on the steep and narrow sections of the path. The steep path through the forrest can also be quite slippery with many tree routes mossy stones and muddy sections of path.

Take care on the return section as you leave the forest: There is one electric fence which you need to cross and the path runs close to electric fences on the return route to Santa Pau.

Weitere Infos und Links

Points of Interest
Santa Maria de Finestres
There has been a sanctuary or castle near the summit of Roca del Castell since the 10th Century, possibly earlier. The sanctuary has undergone many modifications in this time, though some of the original structure which collapsed during the 1428 earthquake is still visible. You can enjoy stunning panoramic views from the summit before returning to Santa Pau.


Food & Drink
There is nowhere along the route to get food or drink today. Although not too long the walk is steep and challenging. Make sure to take plenty to eat and drink with you to enjoy at the summit. There are several cafés and restaurants in Santa Pau, as well as a small supermarket and bakery.


Plaça Major, Santa Pau (490 m)
42.144239, 2.571277
31T 464574 4665880


Plaça Major, Santa Pau


0.00km - START from Plaça Major - the main cobbled square in front of the the old church. Facing away from the church TURN LEFT under the archway on the narrow road out of Plaça Major past the tourist information office on the right.

0.22km - TURN LEFT at the yellow Itinerannia signpost on the path to Santa Maria de Finestres at Plaça de Baix and follow the road downhill.

0.45km - TURN RIGHT at the sign next to the recycling point then BEAR RIGHT at the fork in the road ahead. Continue STRAIGHT ON as the road becomes a gravel track heading towards the tree covered hills.

1.60km - BEAR LEFT at the fork in the track. Look for a small wooden sign in the tree marking the route to Finestres.

1.90km - The gravel track comes to an end as it bends around to a gate at a farmhouse. Continue STRAIGHT ON up the rocks on to a narrower path through the trees just to the left of the "No Entry" gate. Follow the rocky path with a fence to either side, occasionally passing a paint marked stone or tree.

2.24km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the the well defined rocky path at the boulder marked with green paint. Ignore the minor paths to the right.

2.60km - Pass the farmhouse to the left and continue STRAIGHT ON the path across the field. Ignore the track to the right leading uphill. Leave the field and continue and a rocky path again.

2.80km - BEAR LEFT towards the concrete road as you approach it, then TURN RIGHT on to the road and follow uphill.

3.15km - Just before reaching the old farmhouse buildings at the top of the road TURN RIGHT on to a small path marked by a waymarker post.

3.19km - TURN RIGHT when you reach the wider gravel track and continue uphill then BEAR RIGHT immediately on to a smaller track marked by the paint on the trees.

3.23km - TURN RIGHT again on ot the gravel track.

3.47km - BEAR LEFT on to the estabished path marked by paint on the rock at ground level.

4.05km - BEAR RIGHT at the fork in the path continuing uphill, you will see a yellow paint marker in the tree marking the path.

5.10km - At the T-junction with the wider path at the top of a steep climb TURN RIGHT, then after 50m TURN LEFT heading uphill following waymarkings on ground.

5.29km - BEAR RIGHT at the forkfolling the sign for "Santuari de Finestres".

5.49km - Reach a crossroads in the path with a signpost. Continue STRAIGHT ON the path between the trees with red paint markings on path towards Santa Maria de Finestres.

5.59km - At the junction TURN LEFT, ignoring the path straight ahead. Follow the yellow waymarking in trees up the stones steps.

5.68km - At the shrine at the top of the steps BEAR LEFT.

5.92km - Reach Santa Maria de Finestres. When you are ready retrace your steps back past the small shrine, down the steps to the signpost at the crossroads in the paths.

6.29km - Once you reach the signpost TURN RIGHT on to the yellow waymarked route effectively doing a U-turn and heading downhill.

6.54km - TURN RIGHT at the junction with the wider path and continue downhill.

6.67km - BEAR LEFT at the fork in the path at a signpost following the Blue route to Santa Pau.

6.78km - BEAR RIGHT at the yellow waymarkers in the trees. 

7.77km - TURN RIGHT on to another path heading downhill waymarker paint on the rocks.

8.36km - At the stony track BEAR LEFT and continue downhill.

8.80km - BEAR RIGHT and continur STRAIGHT ON the main tracked, paint marked by the trees.

9.00km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the stony path as it skirts around the tree-lined field, then BEAR RIGHT on the path leading away from the field.

9.27km - Continue STRAIGHT ON at the fork sticking to the main track, then after 500m BEAR RIGHT as the track becomes a concrete road. Follow the road as it leads downhill.

10.85km - TURN LEFT on to a small road that leads up a short incline and doubles back on the road you have been following at a low level, grey sign. As the road ends at a clearing near a swimming pool follow the path up towards Santa Maria dels Arcs. Follow the path around to the right of the buidling up the steps.

11.00km - TURN RIGHT at the top of the steps and make your way through the carpark. BEAR LEFT on to the waymarked path the the left of the road at the entrance to the carpark.

11.24km - TURN RIGHT following the waymarkers at the top of the small trail, then after 100m TURN LEFT on to a gravel track following the signpost.

11.55km - TURN RIGHT at the signpost for Santa Pau just before a fork in the track.

11.93km - BEAR LEFT at the fork just after the fields as you enter a forested area (signposted) and cross the bridge over the creek.

12.40km - As you rejoin the route out of Santa Pau at the bottom of the village continue STRAIGHT ON up the road towards the castle retracing your outward steps.

12.70km - TURN RIGHT at Plaça de Baix under the archway to reach Plaça Major again and FINISH in the main square in front of the church.


alle Hinweise zu Schutzgebieten

Anreise mit der Bahn, dem Auto, zu Fuß oder mit dem Rad

Buchtipps für die Region

mehr zeigen


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.

Fragen & Antworten

Stelle die erste Frage

Hier kannst du gezielt Fragen an den Autor stellen.


Joann J
04.06.2019 · Community
Beautiful walk through forests and fields to the outlook at Santa Maria de Finestres. Good route planned for as much shade as possible makes a pleasant, though occasionally steep, walk.
mehr zeigen
Santa Maria de Finestres
Foto: Community
View from Santa Maria de Finestres
Foto: Community
Flowers on the steps
Foto: Community

Fotos von anderen

12,7 km
480 hm
483 hm


  • 2D 3D
  • Meine Karte
  • Inhalte
  • Neuer Punkt
  • Bilder einblenden Bilder ausblenden
: h
Verschiebe die Pfeile, um den Ausschnitt zu ändern.