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Mar d'Amunt's naturalistic path (Cala Taballera)
This hike, which leaves from El Port de la Selva, coincides in some sections with the long-distance path (GR11). Once the route is finished we have to go back the same way. Counting back and forth is about 15 km, and a total time of five hours. The hike begins on the Camí de la Costa which is a continuation of the street of the same name in El Port de la Selva.
1. CIM DE LA COSTA
From there you can see the whole bay of El Port de la Selva, and even the village of La Selva de Mar. On the northern slope, you can see Tamariua beach where a brackish water pond is often formed, near the abundant tamarius.
2. FOREST TRACK TO MAS PUIGNAU
It is an old forest track that was used to go to the vineyards of Sant Baldiri. On both sides you can see the plants that make up vegetation adapted to the Mediterranean environments of great drought, as well as exposed to northerly environments and saline aerosols: milkweeds, carnations, steppes, argelagues, brambles, brooms, heather. Tree vegetation is absent due to frequent fires. The path follows the left bank of a ravine that comes from Mas Puignau. Before that, however, another torrent was added, the Fuster irrigation canal. In half an hour we will have arrived at Mas Puignau, currently in ruins. It's time to stop and see the Cap de Creus and the Gou from there. You can see the Cala Prona floor, we can distinguish it by the lighter shades of the rock.
3. HERMITAGE OF SANT BALDIRI
We leave the Mas Puignau and head to the hermitage of Sant Baldiri. To get there we cross a pine grove, a thicket of steppes and heather. At the bottom of Sant Baldiri we can see many holm oaks that give a very pleasant foliage to the area. Here, we can take a break after walking for about 15 minutes. We can see reeds that show the proximity of water that comes from a canal that runs along the east side of the hermitage.
4. MAS PALTRÉ
If we walk another 15 minutes, we will reach Mas Paltré. It is a narrow path that passes through a hill saving a small slope we can hardly pass without encountering the heather bushes and steppes that will rub us on both sides. At some point they are so high that they will cover us. This is why this vegetation is called maquis (it was used by the "maquis" to hide, at noon in France). Going down the hill we arrive at the Talabre irrigation canal where there are cork oaks and oaks of great beauty and size. Below the stream there is an esplanade where we can rest and enjoy the coolness and song of the birds that often come to seek water in these places.
5. TABALLERA BEACH
If we walk 45 minutes we will arrive at the beach of Taballera, where we will take the forest track leaving Mas Paltré on the right, we will pass through a pine forest located on our right, and then by the side of a fern that is in a curve and finally we will follow the path which is flanked by the area of steppes and heather, heading east. When the path heads north, it follows a path that crosses properties that were well delimited by walls that are still well preserved. Some materials appear with lighter colors, probably due to the abundance of pegmatite they contain. It should be noted that before reaching the path that goes down to Taballera, there is a myrtle bush, one of the few remaining specimens in the area. We go down a steep path to reach the beach, leaving on the left some recumbent formations of Moorish jaguarzo bushes, which are a good example of adaptation to the wind and sea salt. When arriving at Taballera beach, the large number of environments that are found are surprising:
The meadow in the area of the fishermen's houses that goes into the interior of the beach near the well.
The central part of the beach is occupied by a pool of salt water with abundant reeds and vegetation adapted to saline environments.
On the other side of the beach, you can see the typical coastal vegetation: carnations, plantains, erinaceas, etc.
On the same shore as the previous point, entering the valley, there is an "eagle fern" fern that shows that in this area of the beach more oriented to the north there is a higher degree of humidity.
From here we will have to go back, undoing the path until we return to the GR11 since the eastern area of the beach is located within the Integral Terrestrial Reserve and access on foot or by any other means is not permitted, except for scientific purposes and with prior authorization from the park administration.
This itinerary has been created with the advice of Dr. Santi Musquera from the University of Girona.