5th part -100 incredible places in Girona that you should know and visit
Girona is one of those provinces that have so much to offer that we would need more than one life to get to know each beautiful corner it hides. This great region, unknown to many, even by those who live in it, is placed at the head in terms of quality of life and considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
From the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava we find places full of charm and history, medieval villages, fishing villages, artistic heritage and hidden places that hide beautiful natural spaces that leave you with an open and hallucinated mouth.
In the province of Girona throughout the year you can enjoy a landscape and an ideal climate for all kinds of activities by land, sea and air. The great natural diversity that it offers makes it a unique space where you can unwind and relax.
In Fincabia we will dedicate this long article to discover the most incredible and spectacular places of this beautiful province, which you must know and visit, with a total of eleven chapters, starting from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava:
5th part - THE MONTSENY NATURAL PARK
It is located about 70 km from the city of Girona and occupies an area of 30,000 hectares distributed among eighteen municipalities belonging to three counties (Osona, La Selva and El Vallés Oriental). "El Montseny" is presented as a mountainous block of characteristic and proud profile, visible from many places in Catalonia and known everywhere for the beauty of its landscapes.
This natural park is the oldest in Catalonia and is also one of the most important, since in a relatively small area there are plant communities typical of the three major European biomes: the Mediterranean, the Eurosiberian and the Boreoalpino. It should be noted that the natural forest of firs of Montseny is the southernmost in Europe.
The Turó de l'Home
The Turó de l'Home is the highest mountain of the Montseny massif with a height of 1708 meters. The peak and the nearby mountains act as a watershed between the stream (stream) of Santa Fe and the source of the river Tordera.
It is easily accessible by private vehicle following a paved forest track. At the top we find one of the oldest meteorological observatories in Catalonia, with data dating back to 1880.
Les Agudes is a mountain of 1,705 meters that is part of the Montseny Massif. It is above the municipalities of Arbúcies in the region of La Selva and Fogars de Montclús and del Montseny in the Vallés Oriental region.
It is accessed from the south, by the forest track that climbs the Turó de l'Home crossing the mountain pass "Coll Sesbasses" and following the path that leads directly to the top of Les Agudes.
The Matagalls is a 1,698-meter mountain of the Montseny Massif. At the top you can find a geodesic vertex, along with a cross of considerable dimensions.
From the top we can see many mountains of the Pyrenees, among which the Cadí, the Puigmal, the Puigllançada or the Canigó. You can see the Plana de Vic and many mountains of the pre-Pyrenees, such as the Montsec, the Sierra de las Guillerías, the Pedraforca and even on a clear and cloudless day you can glimpse the Balearic Islands.
Sant Marçal de Montseny
The Hermitage of Sant Marçal is a Romanesque building of the municipality of Montseny. It is located at 1145 meters of altitude, between the mountains of Les Agudes and the Matagalls.
The current church is a building of Romanesque architecture, with a circular apse, a semicircular vault and a wide belfry steeple. On the north side of the hermitage, there is a small cemetery and on the south side the house of the former priory, which for many years has been a refuge for hikers and an obligatory stop on the crossings of the Matagalls in Les Agudes. It currently houses a restaurant.
The Castle of Montsoriu
The castle of Montsoriu is the second largest and most important Gothic castle in all of Catalonia, located between the towns of Arbucies, Breda and San Feliu de Buixalleu in the Catalan region of La Selva, within the Montseny Natural Park.
The ascent on foot to the medieval castle of Montsoriu, is one of the main attractions that we find in the Natural Park of Montseny. It is a 2.8kms excursion that can be completed in about 30 minutes with little difficulty. Perfect to leave behind daily stress, traffic, noise and go into another era. The climb is rewarded upon reaching the outer walls.