Stage 5: Route description

  • The ideal place for a lunch break: distant view above "Cala Montgó". The viewpoint at "Punta Ventosa" was formerly used for military purposes.

From L'Escala to the medieval village of Torroella de Montgrí

The fifth stage of our Costa Brava hike is relatively strenuous - not only is there a longer distance to cover, but also quite a bit of altitude gain. One climb in particular towards the end of the day is quite demanding.

In L'Escala, the path leads us first along the "Passeig de Mar" along the seafront promenade through the town until we reach the harbour. Then we climb slightly uphill and walk through the "Parc Natural del Montgrí". From now on, the GR-92 becomes an unpaved coastal path again, which we continue to follow with slight ups and downs. We pass the beautiful bay of Cala Montgó. Shortly afterwards, the viewpoint "Punta del Milà" is a good place for a picnic. At this point, the path turns inland and then runs parallel to the sea on an elongated plain for a few kilometres.

In the distance, even further inland, the Montgrí massif is already visible - we still have to cross it today. The way there drags a little, the ascent is strenuous, but the effort is worth it: the appearance of the castle "Castell del Montgrí" with its thick walls and towers is worthy of a film. The descent to Torroella de Montgrí, today's destination of our stage, also takes a long time. But the medieval village offers interesting overnight accommodation:  either in a historic palace or at the Hiking Hotel GR92.

Hint: On the ascent from the bay "Cala Montgó" to the "Punta del Milà", the path partly leads quite close to the steep coast. A section of about 10 metres is sometimes perceived as unpleasant by hikers with a fear of heights (see comment by Jörg). So it's definitely doable, but a short stretch may require some courage or avoiding the potentially tricky area (see the screenshot).

Facts about stage 5

Altitude metres: 560 m ascent / 540 m descent
Route: 21.0 km
Duration: 8:15 h (without breaks)
Overnight stay: Hotels and guesthouses in Torroella de Montgrí

Route download - GR92 stage 5 (GPX file)

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Picture gallery for stage 5