The itinerary starts in the car park of the El Molí de l’Escala restaurant and heads in a north-westerly direction towards the farmhouses of Les Corts. After passing the lock of the mill, on the left hand side of the road, we reach the remains of the Romanesque hermitage of Sant Vicenç de les Corts. Continuing towards the farmhouses, the path takes us between the two fortified towers and across open terrain until we reach the tourist office at the northern entrance to L’Escala. Here we have to cross the road, but there is a good crossing point where the road is narrower, a few metres further down towards L’Escala.
On the other side of the road, continue in a northeasterly direction, passing the ruins of Santa Magdalena on the left and past Mas Sastruc. On reaching La Coma mountain, we will see the fence around the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia-Empúries. Follow the fence along the same path towards the town of Sant Martí d’Empúries, whose church should now be visible. When we get to Sant Martí d’Empúries, there is no need to go into the town as we will take the seafront promenade of Empúries in the direction of L’Escala. The entire promenade is about 2.5 km long and passes by the beaches of Moll Grec, Les Muscleres, Portitxol and Rec del Molí until it reaches the Rec bridge, which marks the end of the promenade. At this point we turn right onto Avinguda Francesc Macià, always following the Rec waterway, until we reach the last street (Carrer de Ca l’Ase), where we turn right. We continue along the street and take the first street on the left, pass a garden centre, and reach the main road. All you have to do then is cross the road and you will find yourself once again in the car park of the El Molí de l’Escala restaurant.
L’Escala has a long tradition of anchovy production. The first written evidence appeared in 1787, in Diario de los viajes hechos por Catalunya, in which writer and jurist Francisco Zamora described his travels around Catalonia. L’Escala anchovies are now known worldwide. A visit to one of the town’s anchovy factories is a unique opportunity to see how L’Escala anchovies are made. And, of course, you can try them at just about any bar or restaurant in the town.
out & about
A stroll by the sea
The seafront promenade, Passeig d’Empúries, was inaugurated in 1992 on the occasion of the Barcelona Olympic Games and connects Sant Martí d’Empúries with the neighbouring town of L’Escala. The promenade is for both pedestrians and cyclists and is a little over two kilometres long. It follows the coastline of Empúries, passing by a number of interesting places, such as the Greco-Roman historical site, the ancient Greek Wharf and the Coves viewpoint.