TRAIL RUNNING ROUTE IN TERRADES
Total distance: 12,6 km
Elevation gain: +400 m
Max. height: 490 m
Min. height: 160 m
This route corresponds to the trail running race Cursa de la Cirera (cirera=cherry) of Terrades, which has been held for years at the beginning of June, coinciding with the fair that takes place on the occasion of the harvest of the prized cherry in the area. It is a very beautiful route that connects the towns of Terrades and Sant Llorenç de la Muga passing through the spectacular viewpoint that constitutes the Hermitage of Santa Magdalena. The views will reach us to almost all the peaks of the Alt Empordà, reaching, on clear days, the sea, and the Pyrenees, with the Canigó massif always present. We will also cover a section of the well cared Muga Nature Trail, which runs from here to its river mouth in Castelló d’Empúries in the heart of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park.
We will leave the Parc de la Salut heading west to turn 150 m later heading north. We will continue to the right until we reach the road, which we will cross very carefully to continue along the asphalt following the indications of the GR-2 (white and red paint) that we will follow, gently rising, until we cross the road very carefully. We will continue along asphalt for about 300 m. and we will take the track to the left just before arriving at the Santuario de la Salut (a “must visit” if we go with time). We will continue along a wide track for a few meters until a fork that we will take to the left. Now along a shady path and then a rocky path, we will ascend until we reach the Hermitage of Santa Magdalena, where it will be worth stopping to see the views, especially if the day is clear. We will cross the Hermitage that we will leave descending along a path to the left that will lead us to cross the back of the Santa Magdalena mountain for approximately 1.5 km. Here will begin a fantastic descent towards the outskirts of Sant Llorenç de la Muga; time to show how good we are going down. We will end up descending when we reach the track that borders the Can Mateu and Cal Moliner estates, to end up connecting with the Camí Natural de la Muga, with its railing and beautiful views over the river La Muga. For a km we will feel its freshness and its sound. We will have covered half of the route and we will find the bridge that gives access to Sant Llorenç de la Muga and we will turn left at the Hermitage of Sant Andreu. We will continue along the wide track to link up on the left with the path, which through the shade of the Serra de la Quella will bring us back to Terrades. When we see the road we will take the path that, following the power line, will leave us almost at the starting point.