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Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle


Distance/elevation: 29,4 km / (+596),(-960)
Time: 7h20min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: road walking is tiring. In summertime the heat can be unbearable and shaded areas are few and far between.
Water: although you will find several drinking fountains along the way, it is a good idea to carry plenty of water with you.

Route/Itinerary:

(0h00min; 0 kms) Requessens (504m). Parking zone, livestock pens, La Mare de Déu church (very poor condition), Can Seferino and “La Cantina”. Walk down the track while enjoying the views over Requessen castle. You pass the Fuente del Ferro (drinkable) and come to a track that you leave just a few metres further down on the next bend, by the Forn de Totxos. The path heads down until it crosses a stream, then it passes another stream before taking on a short climb to a crossing. The GR continues along a wall, which you leave on the right. Hidden in the woods, on the left, lies the...

(0h30min; 2 kms) Refugio del Forn de Calç (467m). The walk continues through dense evergreen oak woodland. Some 40 minutes later, you pass the ruins of Mas de Mirapols, then shortly afterwards you cross a stream, Còrrec de la Jaça, and a little further on you pass another one, Rec de Mirapols, where you can also fill up with water. The path gets steeper from now on, and as you gain height, beech (the easternmost in the peninsula), holly and oak trees among others, begin to appear. When you have almost reached the top, you leave a connecting route to the GR10 and come out into open countryside. Pass the Coll de la Llosarda (689m) and walk on to the...

(2h00min; 7,3 kms) Portell de les Creus (699m), between the Puig del Mig (735m) and the Puig de les Rouredes (721m). Cross the barbed-wire fence on the left and begin the descent. You quickly come to a track that drops sharply down to Els Villars. Along the way you pass several drinking fountains – all dry in summer – as well as a few dolmens, which are to be found in abundance in this area.

(3h20min; 13,7 kms) Els Villars (237m). In Els Villars there is a drinking fountain at the other end of the village, at the exit to Espolla. To continue along the GR11 you need to turn left as soon as you reach the village and head down an embankment. The GR11 drops down to a stream, which you cross a couple of times, before coming to a beaten-up road by the Font de Cadecàs (the water here is yellow). Follow the road left until you reach the...

(3h50min; 15,2 kms) Col de Banyuls road (156m). Follow the tarmac road for 5 kilometres to...

(5h00min; 20,2 kms) Mas Pils (258m). Turn on to a track that appears on the right, and half-way up you take a shortcut that passes a couple of drinking fountains. Close to the top, you rejoin the track.

(5h35min; 22,2 kms) Coll de la Plaja (392m). You walk down the track, while taking the available shortcuts.

(5h35min; 23,8 kms) Sant Quirze de Colera (180m). In Sant Quirze, apart from the Benedictine monastery, there is a bar. It is worth mentioning that this area has been declared a Natural Space of National Interest and is a reserve for the Hermann’s Tortoise. Keep walking down the track (you pass a dry water outlet), which soon becomes a tarmac road, leading to...

(6h55min; 27,6 kms) Carretera Vilamaniscle - Rabós (106m). Turn left and follow the road to...

(7h20min; 29,4 kms) Vilamaniscle (152m). Drinking fountain.

Where to sleep:

AAt the beginning of the stage, in vecindario de Requesens Can Seferino (//). Next to La Cantina (restaurant), it has a kitchen and a fireplace. Contact in advance.

Two kilometres from Requessens, along the GR11, is the Refugi del Forn de Calç  (acceptable condition, for around 10 people, "inhabited by the odd mouse").

Off the route, in Espolla, 2kms from Els Villars: Vilars 10.

In Vilamaniscle, Mas Vivent. For large groups Casa Colonias Tramuntana. Below the swimming pools, an area for wild camping has been made available for walkers.

At the end of the stage, in Delfià, on the road between Rabós and Garriguela (5km diversion from the crossroads between Rabós and Vilamaniscle or 3kms by track from Vilamaniscle), we recommend Can Jenot en Delfià (//) . It has two apartments for 3 and 5 people, a swimming pool, washing-machine, internet, fridge…The price per person is 60€ with breakfast and dinner included. In July and August, it is only available for the whole week.

Where to eat:

In Requesens, next to Can Seferino, you have La Cantina (//) (delicious salads, salamis, canelloni, grilled meat with aioli and typical desserts). You are recommended to book in advance.

Other services:

In Sant Quirze de Colera there is a bar (Tel.: 972 19 31 86; open from 9:00 to 17:00, closed on Wednesdays).

In Vilamaniscle there is a municipal swimming-pool with a bar.


Perfil de la etapa

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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 (Spanish)
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri (Spanish)
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia (Spanish)
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba (Spanish)
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
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
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime (Spanish)
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset (Spanish)
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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