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Stage 42: Albanyà - Maçanet de Cabrenys - La Vajol.

Distance/elevation: 25,2 km / (+1.040),(-750)
Time: 7h05min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: no technical difficulties except for the distance and the accumulated elevation.
Water: at the Seglar refuge there is tap water of dubious origin. Otherwise, the first place to fill up with water will be the bar in Molí d'en Robert (4h15min). From this point on, unless the drinking fountains have dried up, there should be no problem – you will find a couple of drinking fountains between Maçanet and La Vajol.


(0h00min; 0 kms) Albanyà (240m). The GR11 crosses Albanyà, leaving the village on the right. If you need to get water, leave the GR11 and cross the centre of the village until, beyond the church, you will see a drinking fountain. Just before coming out at the road, after the last house and just before a bridge over the stream -el Clot de la Canova-, you take a wide path on the left. You follow it for half a kilometre before taking a steep path to the left that comes out at a track. You take a couple of shortcuts, but eventually you follow the track uphill – with twists and turns – to Serra de Ferrerós. When you reach the top of the hill (565m), you come to a crossing, and turn right. After 10 minutes you reach the Coll de Ferrerós (595m), where, at another crossing, you turn left. After a short drop you head uphill towards...

(1h50min; 5,0 kms) Sant Feliu de Carbonils (630m). A short diversión of a few metres takes you to the 11th century Romanesque chapel. Keep walking for 7 minutes to reach the Coll de Can Roquill. You pass the Refugio de Seglar on your left. It looks as if it is privately owned, and has a drinking fountain, although the water probably comes from rainwater collected from the roof. You continue along the track on a gradual climb to...

(2h15min; 6,9 kms) La Trilla (687m). There is a house that looks to be closed, and the one behind it is in ruins. Leave the track for a path that heads into the forest, past a col, then head downhill until you join a track at the Collada de la Capella (521m). Follow it left, then after just 100m, take a path on the right. Follow the path for another 100m, then take a path on the left that heads into dense woodland at the bottom of a little valley. You eventually come to a wider path. Be particularly careful at this point to take, soon afterwards, a path on the left that climbs in search of the track you left previously, and takes you straight to the Chapel of Sant Andreu de Oliveda.

(3h50min; 12,8 kms) Sant Andreu de Oliveda (387m). Pass the chapel on your left and leave the tarmac road, to take a track on the right that drops sharply down to the...

(4h15min; 14,4 kms) Molí d'en Robert (227m). Bar and swimming pools. Soon afterwards, you leave the track heading to Maçanet and take a path on the left that ascends rapidly and shortens the route by a couple of kilometres. You come to a path, and then the track that takes you straight to Maçanet. You pass an area dotted with villas and head towards the village in search of the road (GI-503) that comes from Figueres.

(5h00min; 17,5 kms) Maçanet de Cabrenys (348m). Follow the Figueres road for 0.5kms until you come to a track on the left that enters into a small rocky area amid beautiful cork oak woodland. Font del Carme drinking fountain. You soon come to the road that goes to La Vajol, which you follow for just 100m. The GR11 has been modified at this point to avoid the road, and the new route, although much prettier, is also quite a bit longer. The path heads into the woods, passing a succession of crossings and continuously changing direction, but fortunately the waymarking is good. You will find another drinking fountain along this stretch. You rejoin the road from Maçanet to La Jonquera/Figueres.

(6h00min; 21,2 kms) Pont del Grau (258m). Cross the road bridge over the Riera del Mas Castells and finally take on the climb to La Vajol. The path ascends quickly and it is not long before you gain height.

In this area, there are a number of abandoned Talcum mines. One of them, la Mina Canta or d'en Negrin, which you pass, went down in history when, just as the Civil War broke out, Joan Negrin (the president of the government between 1937 and 1939) sent a batch of paintings here from the Prado Museum, as well as a treasure worth 50 0million dollars.

Shortly after passing the mine you come out at the road to La Vajol, which you follow right.

(7h05min; 25,2 kms) La Vajol (540m).

Where to sleep:

At the beginning of the stage, 1km before Albanyà: Camping Bassegoda Park. In Albanyà (centre): Albergue La Rectoría d'Albanyà.

In Maçanet de Cabrenys there is a wide choice of accommodation catering for all types of budget. Among others: Hotel Els Caçadors , Hotel La Quadra or Habitatges Turistics Les Tranquiles.

At the end of the stage, at the entrance to La Vajol, Ca la Conxita (+34 972 535 213 / +34 687 296 037; has rooms, a shop and offers bar/restaurant service. His specialty is the traditional Catalan cuisine.

Just before, on the right hand, it stands the new municipal albergue (Sol Ponent) 10 pax, 2 bathrooms, fridge, microwave, cooking space and a large living room. The price is 15€. Bookings: +34 619 916 611;

Where to eat:

In La Vajol, Ca la Conxita (+34 972 535 213 / +34 687 296 037; has a restaurant where you can get breakfast, the set menu or à la carte, as well as seasonal dishes such as “canelloni de calçots”.

Other services:

In Albanyà, there is a small supermarket at the campsite and a grocery store in the village.

In Maçanet de Cabrenys you will find practically everything you need: a supermarket, a bread shop, a chemist’s or an ATM among others.

In La Vajol, Ca la Conxita has a little shop selling food and other basic products.

Perfil de la etapa

Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus

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