This stretch starts from L’Escala and continues 2 km along the main road which can be very busy with traffic in summertime. Special care should be taken when crossing the roundabout to leave the town. On the next stretch the traffic is much lighter. Once we leave the main road, we will then pass through agricultural roads with compact gravel paving, in relatively good condition, which run by a small canal for most of the route. At the exit to Bellcaire we cross a very busy main road and it is advisable to do this by using the pedestrian traffic lights.


L’ESCALA
With a strong fishing tradition, L’Escala has conserved an industry throughout the centuries that has brought it worldwide fame: anchovy salting. We pass by the Anchovy and Salt Museum which is also home to the Tourist Information Office. The museum shows us the history of fishing and the salting of blue fish from the 16th century up to today and we are immersed in a time, heritage and knowledge which are unique to the Catalan coast. The Tourist Office will provide us with information on the Anchovy tapas route which, at the same time, will help us to get to know the town.


If we venture into the centre of town until reaching the port, with its notable fishing character, we will then find MARAM: The Fish Interpretation Centre. The centre is located near natural and historical assets which are also of geological, botanical and fishing importance. From here you can choose from different activities to visit and discover the different locations.

On leaving L’Escala, the route mainly follows an irrigation channel that waters the plains, known as the Rec de Molí, until the town of Bellcaire. Along this channel we will see traditional crop fields such as rice. In fact, the Information Office in L’Escala can provide information on a route that lets you discover the secrets of the cultivation of this particular crop.


BELLCAIRE
In Bellcaire we can visit the Castle of the Counts of Empúries which was built in the 13th century and is now located in the centre of the small town of Bellcaire d’Empordà. Documented in 1289, it was constructed as a form of defence in view of the battles and discordance between Count Ponç V of Empúries and King Jaume II, who had the neighbouring castles in Torroella and Albons built.
 

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