From the Girona-Sud motorway exit, take the Barcelona highway and N-II highway towards the turnoff to Quart, and then take the C-65. You can also head straight out the C-65 from the Montilivi area in Girona. Start:
From the centre of Quart, head towards the area where the church is located. Take your first fork to the right and descend this road to a new road that turns off to the left. A little farther ahead you will come to a new fork in the road; turn right. This trail gradually descends to the Celrè stream, which you must cross using the footbridge. Continue along the trail until a new fork on your left.
Following the Route:
You will reach the first houses of Erols. When you come across a paved road, turn left onto this road and follow it until you reach the road that goes to Castellar de la Selva, then cross this road. Right after crossing, a path turning off to the right takes you to the Erols hermitage, Mare de Déu de la Pietat, located 100 metres away. It’s worth the visit.
On your way back, you leave the paved roadway and find a dirt track that crosses the Corb stream. You continue through fields and forests, then cross a cork oak grove that opens up onto a farmhouse and the Llambilles Tower. Continue down the Llambilles road until you reach the village. Right after entering, turn right and follow this new road across the Rabassa stream, then turn right again and go on until you reach a wider path, which you follow until you reach the Bugantó River, crossing over it. Continue along the river's course until the path meets it again, but do not cross back; instead, turn left and follow the footpath that crosses through the forest and takes you to the Sant Cristòfol del Bosc fountain. Continue walking parallel to the stream until you come across a forest track. Here there is a path that leads to the Sant Cristòfol del Bosc chapel. The path goes on to Cassà, crossing a pine grove and then farmland. You reach the Santa Pellaia road, which you must follow a bit until you reach a path that turns left in front of a house. Take this path and walk parallel to the road, crossing a vineyard and reaching Can Queixal. Continue until you reach Cassà de la Selva.
If you want to walk a bit more, we suggest you take the farmhouse route in the vicinity of Llambilles, because you will find all of the typical architectural styles of Catalan farmhouses along this route. Another option consists of doing the three nature routes (Springs and Monumental Trees, Salzes island or Limestone and Brick Kilns) around Celrà.
Sant Cristòfol del Bosc was the primitive centre of the village of Llambilles. Even today we can see the ruins of the old houses. The original hermitage dates from the year 882 AD, but after several restorations the present structure dates from 1981. It still preserves the keel-shaped apse (Sant Cristòfol, or St. Christopher, is the patron saint of boatsmen).
The Erols hermitage, a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Mother of Mercy, is noteworthy for its large arcade. Its origin dates back to the year 1195 AD.
The cork oak groves of the Gavarres mountain range have played an important role in the region, as they have given rise to a full-fledged industry. However, with the decline of the cork industry, the cork oaks have been gradually replaced by different classes of pine trees and holm oaks.
Observations and Recommendations:
Romanesque heritage in the area.
This route passes by a good number of fields with crops. Be careful not to step on them or damage the crops. Quart
is a major earthenware centre due to the existence of the right kind of clay in the area and because at one time there was timber in abundance for firing the clay. It celebrates a major annual Catalan Clay Market Fair
. It is also building a clay museum. Claymaking is also present in Llambilles.Cassà de la Selva
is known for its Gothic church
, which dates from the 16th century but preserves Roman remains, its notable Modernist-era buildings
and the Parc Art
, an interesting open-air contemporary art park, located in a spot where landscaping combines with the art of sculpting.