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Castell de sant miquel

Sant Miquel Castle

Distance: 5 km

Elevation gain: 289 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Circular: No

Visit the route track in Wikiloc.

 

We leave the square of Sant Pere de Galligants and we will look for the rear of the monastery, to pass a small bridge. We start the route going up the river Galligants by its right bank, until arriving at the Font del Bisbe. Here you have to cross the bridge and continue right on the road, until you find the fence of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Daniel. This, with a thousand years of history, was founded in 1015 when Bishop Pedro Rotger sold the alodio of Sant Daniel to Ramon Borrell and his wife, Countess Ermessenda de Carcassonne, sister of the bishop.
We go straight until we reach a junction. At this point, we can cross the bridge that will take us to the Font d’en Pericot. You have to go back to the corner to continue the route and turn left resiguiendo the fence of the monastery. Continue on asphalt and turn right onto Llucià Ans Street, Font del Ferro. The Font del Ferro, which we find in about 300 meters, has a suitable area with tables, benches and barbecues.
We continue for the wide dirt track. We pass by the side of the old bottling plant (the factory d’en Saguer) and pass a bridge over the stream of Sant Miquel. Right after, we leave the track to walk along a steep sidewalk that leads back to the track, just before passing under the bridge of the NII variant. We follow the track and we will see a sculpture next to the road (“Girona, threshold of Europe” of Bonaventura Ansón). We continue until we reach the farmhouse of Can Lliure. Here the track winds by making a sudden curve to the right and then to the left. Then, crossing the main track, we have to take the path that leaves from the right, which will take us up to the ruins of Can Mistaire.
After the ruins, we follow the path and leave a crossing turning left to go by the road that follows a stone wall. If we want, we can take a moment to go to the Martina’s fountain (usually dry). We will continue up a rocky path, which will take us to the picnic area of Sany Miquel.
At 150 meters to the left we will have reached the castle of Sant Miquel. The oldest remains date back to medieval times. They correspond in a possible watchtower, a strech of wall and a hermitage. In 1848, during “la guerra dels matiners”,  the remains of the hermitage of Sant Miquel were used to build two towers of optical telegraphy with the aim of having a fast and secure communication network. The views from the tower, where we can ascend with a scale, are really spectacular to see the region of Gironès and much beyond, mountain landscape and coastal landscape.
We’ll come back by the same way.

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