The first section of this stretch (3 km) is the last descent before arriving at the Empordà plains. Although it is a gentle descent (gradient of 4%), it is made up of non-paved paths where soil may have built up at some points as a result of rainfall, that could lead to difficulties managing the front wheel. Once on the plain, the paths improve (compact gravel) and are flat. The landscape that we pass through on this stretch is considerably varied. It varies from pine woodland, especially through the first section, to extremely varied agricultural fields (wheat, corn, olive trees, wine, soya). From Vilarnadal, located beside a 14th century fortified manor, we will proceed along a route of small canals and irrigation channels. We have now reached the plains.

The fruit of the vine and its later transformation into wines and cavas that have been produced in the area for centuries, is without doubt one of the factors that has been most notable in terms of the area’s economy, alongside tourism. And just as we finish this particular stretch, we will be struck by the impressive view of a large castle. This is the Castle of Biart, a current reconstruction of a medieval castle which is home to one of the DO Empordà cellars.

The Èmpordà Denomination of Origin (DO Empordà) is denomination of origin wine that mainly takes in the lands of the Alt and Baix Empordà counties which we will cross from north to south in all their entirety. The range of Empordanese wines available is very wide, both in terms of red, white and rose varieties. The traditional sweet wine, the Garnatxa of the Empordà, stands out in particular, which is made following the straw wine technique: the grape is left to dry on bales of hay before being pressed. This is an excellent wine for accompanying desserts.

Cava is a quality fizzy wine produced in a specific region (the cava region) which is characterised by the way in which it is fermented and aged in the same bottle that is later opened by the consumer. This allows the bubbles to be made naturally according to the traditional method. The cava region is extensive and within this region we can find the towns of Capmany and Peralada; the latter with notable levels of production which have led to it being renowned internationally. When you get there, don’t forget to taste at least a glass of it!

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