(0h00min; 0 kms) Talaixà (735m). The track descends through dense Mediterranean woodland to the ruins at La Quera (15') then continues along a path. You continue downhill for another 15mins until you see a path on the left that heads up a steep slope around the hill known as Salt de la Novia. After a short climb, followed by another downhill stretch, you reach...
(1h15min; 3,6 kms) Sant Aniol d'Aguja (446m). Here there is a drinking fountain in an ideal spot for camping and of course it is worth a stop to visit the Romanesque chapel of St Aniol by the ruins of the old refuge.
Just by the fountain there is a path heading north - following the Riera de Sant Aniol - that goes to Gorg Blau (300m), a magnificent pool of crystal-clear water where you can go for a dip, and a little further on, to Salt del Brull (650m).
The tiny monastery of Sant Aniol d'Aguja was founded in the year 859 by a community of Benedictine monks. Due to its isolated position, it soon became dependent on Girona Cathedral and in 1003 the community transferred to Sant Llorenç del Mont, just a few kilometres from here.
Close to the chapel stands the large building that once housed Sant Aniol mountain refuge. Volunteer groups from the area (Amics de Sant Aniol d'Aguja) are currently carrying out restoration work on the refuge, although it is difficult to know when this work will be finished.
You cross a footbridge and leave St Aniol d'Aguja behind. You walk down to Riera de la Comella, where you change direction (a left turn) and begin a steep climb to the...
(2h35min; 6,5 kms) Coll Roig (830m). The climb has not finished, so keep on climbing to the left. Along paths and tracks, and across rough terrain, you reach a track close to the Collado de Principi (1,129m). To your right, is the Puig de Bassegoda (1,374m), the highest peak in the Garrotxa region. Follow the track for 5 minutes to the...
(3h50min; 9,9 kms) Coll de Bassegoda (1.102m). You begin to head downhill, and soon take a path on the left that drops quickly down to the Refugio de Bassegoda, which is closed and does not have a drinking fountain. You can ask for the keys to the refuge after another 7 minutes of walking, in Can Nou.
(4h25min; 11,5 kms) Can Nou (770m). There is a gravel track that reaches this point from Albanyà, which soon becomes a cement track. As soon as you leave, you pass a drinking fountain (just a trickle of water, does not inspire confidence). You could walk all the way down the track, although we prefer to follow the yellow and white markings of a local path that are more direct, bypassing several bends. The end of the stage is by track.
(6h15min; 19,3 kms) Albanyà (362m).
At Talaixàcol, you will find a shelter that is the property of the Centro Excursionista de Olot, a local hiking group. The building has a free area, La Casa d'en "Rodri" or Can Torner, which is made up of two rooms, a bunk bed and space for up to 8 people on the floor.
In Sant Aniol d'Aguja, for now there is nowhere to sleep. The alternative would be to sleep in a bivouac.
At around the half-way point, you will find the Refugio de Bassegoda. Ask for the keys in Can Nou (689 38 93 91), a 7-minute walk along the GR11 towards Albanyà. Can Nou offers bar service. The price of the refuge is 4€.Services:
Can Nou offers bar service. In Albanyà, there is a small supermarket at the campsite and a grocery store in the village.Transport:
There is a bus service that runs between Figueres and Albanyà (SARFA).
|- 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|