Route of Carrilet II: from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols
With almost 40 kilometers in total and a constant gentle slope from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, the Ruta del Carrilet transports us from the capital of Gironès to the Baix Empordà following what were once the tracks of the old train that linked these towns, from the Ter basin to the Ridaure valley, passing through the depression of the La Selva region.
- Difficulty: Easy. Very flat and without any technical difficulties.
- Distance: 39.7 kilometers
- Slope: 190 meters
The Carrilet II route starts at the Parque de la Devesa de Girona, crossing the entire urban area of the city and passing through some of the most emblematic points: Plaza de la Independencia, Calle Santa Clara, Pont de Pedra, Plaza Catalonia etc We will continue following the bike path that will take us to the Emili Grahit roundabout, right next to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Girona, in the Plaça dels Països Catalans. From there, we will continue along the bike path towards Girona Este, following the Sant Feliu de Guíxols road (C-250) parallel to the Onyar River until we reach the Technology Park.
Following the indications of the bike lane, we will advance along a path that passes between reeds until we reach a farmhouse, which will be on our right hand side. From this point, we will continue along a paved section that passes under a bridge and we will continue straight on, avoiding taking the detour that goes up to the left. We will cross an iron bridge and continue along trails enjoying a rural landscape of crop fields until we reach the bike path again that will lead us to Quart. From there we will continue along a small urban stretch to a road junction that connects with the original route of the train.
We will cross the Corb stream and continue on foot until we reach the old Llambilles station, where there is a reproduction of the Feliuet. From here, the route continues under a pleasant grove that will protect us from the heat in months with more sun.
Leaving the Can Torrent area behind, we will continue straight on until we reach the Cassà de la Selva industrial estate. Once in the polygon, the route is crossed by a green bike lane on the sidewalk that will give us access to the center of the nucleus. As it passes through the center of town, the lane becomes a street that leads to an embankment where the road had clearly passed.
A few kilometers further on and leaving behind two level crossings, we arrive at the Llagostera station, located next to a park where you can take the opportunity to make a rest stop if you need it.
We will now be in the second part of the route, which runs through the entire Ridaure valley and separates the Cadiretes massif from the Gavarres massif and which, with a slight slope, connects with the sea.
Returning to the route again, we will climb a new section of the Vía Verde that will allow us to continue without problems. From here you reach the road junction with the C-250 which crosses under one of the road branches. A little further on, the track separates from the road to the left, beginning the section which, ending at Font Picant, is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the route.
The road runs to Santa Cristina d'Aro and continues to the Castell - Platja d'Aro station along a section parallel to the asphalt, but well separated from cars. After the station, the road turns south, crossing the Ridaura and the C-31 road, towards Palamós. We then go through the gentle slopes of Puig del Molí de Vent and Puig de les Bateries to finally descend towards Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a town that is the birthplace of the place name “Costa Brava” and which is the final section of the journey.
Text and images: Girona Greenways Consortium