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The Valley of Sant Daniel

Distance: 4,15 km

Elevation gain: 62 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Circular: No

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We leave the square of Sant Pere de Galligants and we will got to the back of the monastery and we cross a small bridge. Start the route up the Galligants on its right side until you reach the fountain of the Bisbe. Here you will have to cross the bridge and continue along the road to the right until you find the fence of the monastery of Sant Daniel. We follow the fence until we reach the cross. At this point, we will cross the Galligants Bridge to visit the fountain in Pericot. We will return again to the road and continue on asphalt in the same direction we follow. The river that have to remain on our left, invites us to look back, from time to time, to have good views of the monastery. This Benedictine monastery, with a thousand years of history, was founded in 1015 when Bishop Pere Rotger sold the land of Sant Daniel to Ramon Borrell and his wife, Countess Ermessenda of Carcassonne, who was the bishop’s sister.

Arriving at a junction, we continue along asphalt turning right and soon we find the fountain d’en Fita. We follow the paved climb. Soon, when the asphalt is finished, we continue straight (we leave the track on the right) until we pass under the bridge of the N-II variant and about 300 meters after we will have reached the fountain dels Lleons. Located with the fountain behind us, we turn to the left and starts a path that will serve us to make the turn. Shortly after we leave the esplanade of the fountain. From here, the road begins to go up, we pass again under the bridge of the variant, shortly after we leave a path that goes down to the left and we reach a wider track. To the left and down this track we can enjoy good views of the Valley of Sant Daniel. We will reach the asphalt and then in the plaça del Poble or Sardanas square, which we can access by a bridge that crosses the river of la Torre, then return the road and continue to the right. Very close to the square we will see the point where the streams of the Tower, San Miquel and a few meters below receive the water of the Meltwater. This is where we can say that the Galligants River is born. We will follow the river, downstream, to return at its point of departure.

Before the valley became known as Sant Daniel, it was known as the dark or deep valley. When the offal of Sant Daniel arrived in 888 it was when it began to be known by the current name. Sant Daniel was until 1963 an independent municipality when it was annexed in the city of Girona.

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