On leaving Torrent, we need to cross the GI-652 road. The next section of 1.5 km runs along a shaded hidden away road without paving, but still in a good state for pedalling. After, we continue along agricultural roads with compact gravel paving until the road into Palafrugell. We need to cross the C-31 road and then carry on along the pavement where we will quickly find a bicycle lane that we will take to an asphalt road with restricted access for motorised vehicles. If we want to head to the centre of the town, we need to turn left at the first turning and follow this road until we reach the Cork Museum that we will spot thanks to the modernist tower of Can Mario. From here we turn south, crossing the entire town until we reach the ring road that borders the town to the south and which we will cross at the traffic lights for cyclists and pedestrians.

On arriving at Torrent, with its distinctive church (14th century), we will notice how the plain starts to be closed in by hilly woodlands. This is the Gavarres Massif that we will go around in an E, SE and SW direction and that will accompany us for around 50 km until we reach Girona.

One of the main characteristics of this massif is the production of cork that is extracted from its holm oak forests. For many years, this material has been the main economic driving force of the towns bordering the Massif. The first, and possibly one of the most well-known examples, can be found in Palafrugell.

The profile of this town is marked by two elements that stand out in particular: the unfinished bell-tower of the parish church of Sant Martí and the modernist Tower of can Mario. The latter will act as a reference point to help us reach the old factory of Can Mario, where we can visit the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of the Vila Casas Foundation, with 220 sculptures; the Cork Museum, where we can discover the secrets for obtaining and handling this material, as well as the variety of products it is turned into; and the Interpretation Centre of the Modernist Deposit of can Mario, a modernist style deposit where you can access the terrace at a height of 35 m, and from where you can enjoy privileged views of Palafrugell and L’Empordanet.

This term, which defines the southern border of the Empordanese plain, was coined by Josep Pla (1897-1981), journalist, traveller and a highly prolific writer, who was born in Palafrugell, where we can visit the house where he was born, and which now houses the foundation that bears his name.

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