Name: PARC NATURAL DEL FOIX
Km: 73,7 Km
Maximum altitude: 309 m
Positive slope: 1,300 m
Approximate duration: 5 hours
The Foix Natural Park is the most important wetland in the Penedès. A natural park of 2,900 hectares that contains an immense reservoir created at the beginning of the XX century, surrounded by forests, and that reflects in its green waters the imposing edifice of Castellet Castle that was built around 977 as a watchtower for the Spanish Marches, a protective zone that was created during the Middle Ages as a buffer between the Christian Kingdoms and the Muslim Kingdom of Al-Ándalus.
The Foix Natural Park is a protected area where all types of birds nest. Many migratory birds stop here. This area is very important from the ornithological point of view.
The Natural Park of Foix is a mixture of vineyards and Mediterranean forests. A relaxing landscape dominated by peace and quiet.
The route starts from the beach of Coma-Ruga and sets off towards the interior of the region, a demanding route of 73.70 Km with a positive gain of some 1,300 m.
On the way to the town of El Vendrell, the capital of the region, we will leave the coast behind and gradually gain height passing along tracks between vineyards.
The landscape of the route changes as we approach the Foix Natural Park. Entertaining technical singletracks take us into a very dense forest rich in native flora: stupendous winding paths, switchbacks and singletrack where you can enjoy your mountain bike to the fullest.
When passing through the Natural Park of Foix open your eyes ... you might have the chance to see some of the more than 230 species of birds recognised in this park.
We will circumnavigate the reservoir and descend along a zigzag path that will take us to the foot of the dam, which will allow us to see the majesty of this marvel of engineering.
At this point the most demanding part of the route starts. An ascent into the hills of the Foix Natural Park with some demanding and climbs. At the top, spectacular views of the immense nature of the Foix Natural Park with the Mediterranean Sea in the background await you.
From here, we will descend along very fast tracks to Castellet Castle. On its walls and battlements is a viewpoint with incredible views where we will enjoy the natural environment, rest recuperate for the rest of the route. Guided visits to the castle can be arranged.
We leave the most technical part of the route and set a course between forests to the plain of the region. We run through groves of olive trees, almond trees and vineyards, sometimes delimited by dry stone walls. A good time to observe the different types of vine and grape varieties grown in this important wine area of Catalonia.
Before we arrive at the end of the route, the last climb of the day awaits us. Through a wooded area and along narrow winding paths, we will ascend to Sant Vicenç de Calders. A small village at the top of a hill, with an altitude of 130 metres and a small urban nucleus formed by picturesque houses dating mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Picnic lunch on route
Dinner at the hotel