Route 6: Sant Salvador

Ruta Sant Salvador

Tour of the westernmost tip of the Montsant mountain range, advised to enjoy direct contact with nature, contemplate the landscape and take magnificent photographs. The ascending section goes into the ravine of Sant Salvador in a staggered way. The final part allows us to delight ourselves with one of the architectural treasures of El Montsant, the Hermitage of Sant Salvador with the hermit’s cave house. The arrival to the ridge line of the Serra Major allows us to see a magnificent view of the large number of ravines that originate in this part of the mountain massif. This excursion requires a lot of time to enjoy the landscape. It is a very suitable route to do it during autumn or spring, when the deciduous trees have all their foliage. It can be done in summer, since the road runs largely through shady places. It should not be done in case of fog. You have to be very careful if the rocks are wet. The tour can be completed with a visit to the hermit’s cave and ring the bell of the hermitage (an ancient howitzer).

Trail description

Ermita de Sant Salvador
Ermita de Sant Salvador

We leave the healthy path near the Fonda de Margalef, along the asphalted track until we find the path indicated as Camí de Sant Salvador on the left. From there comes a path that will allow us to walk the ravine through terraces on the left side of the ravine. The road has no loss, we will pass through places as special as the cova de la Roba, the cova d’En Ximet or the Hermitage of Sant Salvador. We continue the ascent through the picnic area and barbecues of La Ermita, without stopping to try the fresh water that flows from the source of Sant Salvador. The last stretch of ascension gains grade and it will take us a little more time to reach the Serra Major. At this point of the ascent, we can see needles with suggestive shapes like the Frare. We must pay attention to the last bifurcations of the road, following the milestones so as not to get lost in our goal of reaching the Serra Major.

Total distance: 4 km

Duration: 2h 30 min

Dificulty: LOW

Fail: 500 m

1,4 Cova de la Roba 45′
2,4 Ermita de Sant Salvador 1h 15′
2,6 Font de Sant Salvador 1h 25′
4 Serra Major 2h 30′

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