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Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà


Distance/elevation: 19,3 kms / (+760),(-1.275)
Time: 6h15min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: the main difficulty could be the heat.
Water: after Sant Aniol d'Aguja finding water becomes complicated. After Can Nou there is a drinking fountain, possibly dry, that does not inspire much confidence. Alternatively, when in Can Nou, you could always ask for water in the bar.

Route/Itinerary:

(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).

Where to sleep:

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€.

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

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).


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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