WEEK ONE, The Dry Littoral: Trekking
Catalan culture is earthy, grounded in the particular nature of their region. Therefore, knowing the nature of their region helps us understand the nature of their culture.
The Pyrenees is an uplift of the earth's crust and Catalunya ranges from the apex of the mountain range to the foothills also called the Sub-Pyrenees, rich in granite and gneissose rocks, fanning along its whole extent. AiR.CAT littoral trekking will take us over a portion of this terrain known as the Massís de l'Ardenya, often hiking elevations that offer multiple vistas, exploring the life that thrives in its craggy topography.
Tossa de Mar has three principal trails up and down the coast and one into the mountainous interior.
North along the Camí de Ronda:
While this short trail will take only 50 minutes of trekking, the cliff side trail is studded with breath taking views of Tossa. Pines, oak and cork trees scatter amongst the scrub. The trail terminates at Cala Bona which has a delightful chiringuito (a beach bar) that serves excellent paella. Cala Bona is a deep inlet hideaway only accessible by trail or by sea, and often there are pleasure craft moored there as their crews enjoy the good life at the bar.
South along the Camí de Ronda:
From the hidden Codolar Cove, the trail starts off with wooden stairs inserted into the cliff, offering parting views of Tossa. Zig zagging from breath taking views of the wide Mediterranean horizon to stretches of virgin forest in the interior. The history of the Camí de Ronda is interesting. In the difficult years of post war Spain, it was a notorious smuggler's route, requiring the authorities to maintain constant patrols by the Guardia Civil. The sequence of waypoints along this route includes the viewpoint des Cards, the cove des Sot d'en Cona, the cove d'Allà, the cove d'en Jeroni, the cove Moltó, the island sa Muladera, the channel sa Boquera and finally, cala Llevadors which is a beach at the base of an urbanization and a popular destination for beach goers.
Inland to Puig de Cadiretes:
The most demanding trail in terms of time (duration varies from 4 to 6 hours), the 300 meter gradient is eased by the extensive long trail. Features to be encountered include streams, panoramic vistas and archeological sites. This is a protected area, a sanctuary for dense forests benefitting from a natural upwelling of groundwater and the screen effect of humid maritime winds. The hike rewards the effort with an exceptional panorama.