Route through the River Ter
The route allows us to cross the lower part of the River Ter, which over time has generated spaces of great environmental value, nowadays protected by the different administrations. Cycling through the natural spaces of the Gola del Ter, the Platera or the Ter Vell will give us a perspective of the littoral vegetation and the fauna of the maritime-terrestrial zones.
The route basically follows the Cycle Tourism Network and, therefore, we will find the signage of the bicycle pictogram.
- Departure point and arrival point: From the Tourist Office of I'Estartit, located on the promenade.
- Mileage: 17.8 km
- Effective running time: 1h 10 min
- Total approximate time: 2 h 45 min
- Effort / difficulty: low
- Signaling: The route basically follows the Cycle Tourism Network and, therefore, we will find the signage of the bicycle pictogram
- Observations and recommendations: We recommend that you access the Torroella de Montgrí nucleus to visit the Montgrí and Baix Ter Museum.
The Baix Ter
The Baix Ter plain is bordered to the north by the Alt Empordà and the Montgrí massif , to the south by the first buttresses of the Gavarres and the Begur mountains, to I'oest by the Valldevià mountain range and to the east by the Mediterranean. The flat has been formed by the alluvial sediments contributed by the rivers Ter and Daró and by diverse streams. The area has undergone recent human restructuring, such as the diversion of the course of the river and, therefore, its natural drainage or the drying up of a large part of the flooded lands to be used for agricultural use.
The Gola del Ter
Until the man intervened in its course in medieval times, the River Ter flowed into two main arms, one in Escala and the other in the Estartit, in the place called Ter Vell. Once diverted and channeled, the river currently flows into the place called the Throat. The canalization of the S. XIX, which took him almost straight from the bridge of Torroella to the sea, allowed the use of land. The Throat does not always have the same shape, nor is it exactly in the same place, since the same river, depending on its flow and the materials provided, modifies it.
La Platera and the Ter Vell
The protected areas of the Platera and the Ter Vell are in a highly urbanized area. Since they became part of the Aiguamolls del Baix Empordà PEIN, an important campaign of recovery and protection of this environment has been started from different areas. Several projects have been used to reorder the lagoons, recover the rafts and flooded areas, prevent access to road traffic and develop a recovery project for the fartet (Lebias ibera), a small fish that lives in coastal lagoons such as the raft of Fray Ramon.
Source: Consell Comarcal del Baix Empordà