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5 routes to Mare de Deu del Mont - my favorite climb


Mare de Deu del Mont is my favorite mountain in the region. It´s partially quite steep but it offers many amazing views 360°. Also, the tiny road that leads up is marvelous, sneaking its way up through the cork oak forest until you make it to the middle plateau underneath a massive wall. Before you leave the forest you will pass the imposing ruins of Esglesia Sant Llorenc de Sous, a 1250 year old cloister. The final kms look a lot like high alpine passes and after enjoying the view towards Figueres and Banyoles for a long time, with the last turn the view opens towards the Pyrenees and France. On top there is the Santuari Mare de Deu del Mont and a restaurant as well and a great view over the whole area. Be careful on the downhill as it´s steep, tight corners and has some gravel on the road too.

Route 1: “G4.1: Girona – MdDdM – Beuda – Banyoles” (109 km, 1790 m)

This is the shortest loop to do MdDdM. It leads out over a bigger road because the small one to Medinya is closed but from there it`s small roads only to the climb, up and down to Beuda. There you can enjoy the beautiful Pont de Beuda and take a break or continue until Banyoles for a stop in a bakery. The way home leads over a small road until a unevitable 2 km part on the C-66, but it has a wide side lane for cyclists.

Route 2: “G5.2: Girona – MdDdM – Castellfollit - Olot – Banyoles” (148 km, 2380 m)

After coming down to Beuda as in Route 1 you take the chilled service road of C-66 over the beautiful village of Castellfollit de la Roca to Olot. From there a small road leads over the old village Mieres back to Banyoles. From there it´s the same way back over Camos as in Route 1.

Route 3: “G6.6: Girona – MdDdM – Olot – Vall de Llemena – Estanyol (168 km, 2460 m)