This first English-language guide describes the best mountain and coastal walking near Tortosa, Southern Catalunya, Spain, in the Parc Natural dels Ports, on the Cardo and Montsia massifs and along the coast, all easily accessible from Barcelona, Valencia and Reus. 30 idyllic winter walking routes for walkers of all experience and abilities are included through this area of remarkable natural beauty and diversity. The immense limestone crags, ridges and pinnacles of the Parc Natural dels Ports overlook the broad orange and olive groves beside the River Ebro, giving a high drama to the landscape. Closer the to the Mediterranean, there is good walking on the massifs of Cardo and Montsia and a long-distance footpath along the coast. Mysteriously, the region is practically unknown outside the region. The wild limestone landscapes, from herb-covered hillsides to high pine forest, dotted with Templar castles and picturesque hill villages, remain untouched by mass tourism. All walks are graded for route-finding, scrambling required and exposure, and non-technical, suitable for any experienced hillwalker, and listed in a summary table at the back for easy selection, along with a Catalan glossary of mountain terms and lots of other local information.
In 2002 Philip and Vivien Freakley moved to the French Pyrenees to indulge a lifelong passion for mountains. They discovered Southern Catalunya during an escape from a cold Pyrenean winter and have spent the subsequent five winters exploring, translating Catalan descriptions and knitting together apparently unrelated scraps of footpath for this, their first Cicerone guidebook.
Introduction The Walking Area The Natural Parks Climate and When to Go Geology and Geography Wildlife History, Architecture and Culture Getting There Getting Around Where to Stay Emergencies Language Money Food and Drink What to Take Waymarking and Access Hunting and how to avoid it Maps Using the guide The Walks Walk 1 Punta de l'Aigua Walk 2 Montaspre ridge route Walk 3 Moleta de les Canals circuit and summit ridge Walk 4 Barranc del Camp Walk 5 Solana route Walk 6 Cova dels Adells Walk 7 Coll d'en Caubet and Vallfiguera Walk 8 Cervera and Figuera valleys Walk 9 La Moleta Walk 10 Vall d'Infern Walk 11 Pi del Perillo Walk 12 Mont Caro summit Walk 13 Mola del Moro Walk 14 La Barcina Walk 15 Cresta del Marturi Walk 16 Sources of the Matarranya Walk 17 Roca del Migdia Walk 18 Caramella gorge Walk 19 Mola Castellona Walk 20 Lloret high level route Walk 21 Barranc de Lloret Walk 22 Roca Xapada Walk 23 Font del Paradis Walk 24 Coll de Lloret Walk 25 Sant Roc to Arnes and back Walk 26 La Creu de Santos Walk 27 Seven ermitas and a ridge Walk 28 Mas de Mata-redona Walk 29 La Foradada Walk 30 Coastal path Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Finding the walks Appendix C Glossary of mountain terms Appendix D Useful contacts