The Puig de Cadiretes in Llagostera
Excursion to the Puig de Cadiretes, a magnificent observatory both on the coast and inland, with good views that include Montseny, Montnegre and Guilleries. Right between the plain and the sea, this itinerary goes through Mediterranean forests in a place that is scarcely populated today, in contrast to the past, as evidenced by the megalithic and Iberian remains or the most recent remains of some farmhouses now abandoned.
The starting point of the route is the town of Llagostera. The distance of the itinerary is 3.92 km, it is moderate and easy.
We start the itinerary at Km. 9 of the GIV-6821 Llagostera to Tossa de Mar road that passes through Sant Grau and Cala Salionç. At this point we find an information panel of the itinerary, right where the GR-92 path crosses the road. We take the track on the right, in the direction of the west, following the white and red markings of the path.
Without leaving the marks or the main track, and walking among forests of pines and cork oaks, at about 500 meters we reach the menhir of Llach, which rises to the right of the road. This megalithic monument was straightened in 1981, when it was discovered and as it is reminded of a plaque at its feet, but its origins go back at least 5,000 years.
The menhirs (literally "right stone in Breton language") are also known as in Catalan as "long stones" or "stones of the devil". Built by populations that are mostly sedentary, their functions could be varied, from a territorial mark to a place of religious worship.
We continue along the main track following the GR-92 marks and the flags that mark the Puig de Cadiretes. The road has no loss. When we reach an esplanade, we turn right, abandoning the white and red markings of the GR-92 and following the white and yellow lines and the banderole that lead us to the mountain of Cadiretes.
We climb until we find a path to the left with a new banner that leads us to the Puig passing through a humid holm oak forest. A little more than 100 meters further on, we reached the mountain after climbing some rocks. On the left we will have left, half covered by vegetation, the remains of an old Iberian settlement. From the top of the mountain we can see magnificent views that, on a clear day, range from the Garraf in the Pyrenees and from the sea to the pre-coastal and transversal mountain ranges.
To follow the itinerary we go back until just before the menhir of Llach, where a banderole on the right indicates a path that leads to Piedra on Otra. Immediately the path leads to a deep path excavated in the terrain: we will take it in the direction of our left.
Little by little the road becomes a path. After about 100 meters we will leave a detour to the left. Following the path and after passing under a power line, we will find before us stone rocks on another, which is accessed by a small step in the middle of the vegetation, located on the left of the road.
Piedra sobre Otra is no more than a block of eroded granite, whose structure was used to build a dolmen, excavating a cave and building an access gallery still visible. The dolmens are ancient dated burials, like the menhirs of about 5,000 years ago. When, as in this case, they take advantage of existing rock structures, they are called paradolmenes.
After visiting Piedra sobre Otra, you just have to follow the road, without deviating, until you reach the road again. We turn left and follow it 350 meters until we return to the starting point.
Source: Regional Council of Gironès