ROUTE TO MAÇANET DE CABRENYS

Leave La Central and go towards Maçanet de Cabrenys. Take the trail through the woods of Mas d'Avall. Cross the Arnera and gain altitude until Sant Andreu d'Oliveda and del Roquet. Go through the mill of Olivet, La Farga and the Women Gorga, places that offer us the opportunity to take a refreshing swim. Near La Farga there is a fountain which is usually gushing plentiful water.

Follow the paved path towards the village. Cross road GI-503 and head to the old town. Walk past the Tower and enter the walled town, which was the origin of the town. It is recommended to turn to the Church of Sant Martí to find the square of the castle, the remains of the old wall and the medieval prison.

The Church of Sant Martí, dating from the twelfth or thirteenth century, belongs to the late Romanesque. It consists of a rectangular nave covered by a pointed arch and a semicircular apse covered with a round almond- shaped vault. The gate has a four-arched smooth tympanum and an archivolt. The wooden door decorated with wrought is characteristic of the period.

In the square in front of La Societat there is the “Barra de'n Rotllà” sculpture. Rotllà was a big Carolingian giant considered a hero. According to the Catalan mythology, he fought against the Saracens. The legend says that Rotllà threw his club from the Castle of Maçanet de Cabrenys to Vallespir. While he was throwing it kilometres away over the mountains, he said: "Where the club falls, that’s where Maçanet de Cabrenys will be."

Cross the streets of Maçanet to take the way back. Pass through the Font d'en Coll (a fountain), La Porrissa, and follow a forest path that goes parallel to the river Rinadal and back to La Central.

 

Distance: 14,44 km. Dificulty: Hard. Ascent: 512 m. Time:5 hours.

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