Leave the hotel and take the road to Darnius. Continue on the paved trail until we get to a trail on the left that leads us to the Romanesque chapel of Sant Esteve del Llop. This church dates back to the fourteenth century, but the apse has a typical structure cal of the eleventh century. Beside the door, there is a stone with the shape of a human foot print, which according to popular tradition, belongs to the same footprint of the saint.

From the church take the road and then take an ascending path on the right towards the Serrat del Sentinella. We pass Puig Castellar and follow the ridge to the viewpoint of the turtle, named after the rock formation that resembles this animal. From the viewpoint you can enjoy magnificent views of the dam and all the Alt Empordà. Following the coast we can see Cap de Creus, the Bay of Roses, Castelló d'Empúries, Empuriabrava, the Empordà Wetlands, Sant Pere Pescador and the mouth of the River Muga, Empúries, L'Escala, Montgrí mountain and the Medes Islands.

Go down the ridge and take the path that leads to Darnius. Cross the road from Darnius to Maçanet de Cabrenys (GI-503) and go into the heart of the village, which grew in the tenth century inside the old medieval walls and around the church dedicated to Santa Maria.

In the square, there is the Concord Society, a modernist building designed by Josep Azemar in 1912, lead designer of this kind of works in the Empordà area.

The church of Santa Maria de Darnius, dating from the thirteenth century, has notable dimensions. This is a beautiful example of late Romanesque architecture. It resembles the temples of Agullana and Maçanet de Cabrenys. It has a single nave covered with a slightly pointed barrel vault. The apse has a semicircular opening to the nave with a double fold gradation. It is finished with an almond-shaped vault. The gate has a tympanum decorated with a chrismon (from which twenty eight rays sprout) and two eight-pointed stars.

Leave the town from its west side toward the Mas de les Planes. Follow a trail along a stream which goes through forests of cork, and reach the Dolmen of Can Puig de Caneres, which witnessed the presence of prehistoric people in the area. The dolmen dates back to 3500-3200. B.C., and it still stands challenging time. It corresponds to a tomb with a chamber of granite slabs and a corridor of dry stone walls.

Go back on the same road to take the path that leads back to the chapel of Sant Esteve del Llop. Then take the path down to the main trail to return to La Central.


Distance: 14,25 km. Dificulty: Medium. Ascent: 449 m. Time: 4 hours.

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