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Sant Joan - Barranco dels Morts - Barranco de Marcén - La Cambreta - Sant Joan

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How to get there: Drive on the CV-170 to Vistabella. In Vistabella you find a sign for the monastry of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa. Drive some 8 kilometres to the sanctuary where you find a restaurant and accommodation. (Roadmap)

Distance: 4h/13.5km

Take the stone steps (1275 m) that ascend on a lane between the two monastry buildings. From the monastry yard you can see a white-red waymark on the corner of the building. Turn right on the lane which turns into a sand road. A little further you find a sign for Villahermosa and Masas del Carbo. Follow this sign to the left. In a couple of minutes bend right staying on the road. At this bend you see a white-red waymark which, at first glance, seems to guide you on a path, but after bending right on the road, you find another waymark. Immediately after the bend, turn left on another sand road.

Keep on this main road that ascends first through a pine forest and then through a landscape of juniper bushes to the Plana hill, where a waymark guides you to the left on a track (25min) (1375 m). In a couple of minutes you reach another track. Turn left following the waymark.

The track descends in the Gorge of Morts (40min) (1240 m) and comes soon after that to a clearing (44min) (1230 m) which opens up a view over the plains surrounded by hills.

From the clearing the route continues along a path that first bends sharp left. You enjoy fine views down over the narrow river valley lined by sheer rock walls on the opposite side. Further on, you see an idyllic group of old buildings below.

Before you reach the buildings you encounter a sign for the Mas de la Cambreta (1h20min) (1020 m). Fork left following this sign.

The path takes you to a track (1h28min) (1045 m). Turn left. Soon a path with a white-yellow waymark branches off right (1h31min) (1065 m). When the path comes close to a track (1h40min) (1135 m), bend right and stay on the path.

The path ascends to a track (2h08min) (1315 m). The rockwalls of Singles de Marcén follow the route. Turn right. At the next junction (2h27min) (1400 m), turn left. 

When you see a house on your left (2h52min) (1520 m), branch off left on another track.

You find a path that forks left off between two piles of stones (3h01min) (1515 m). Take this path which descends to a track (3h33min) (1400 m). Turn right. At the next junction (3h44min) (1360 m), turn right again, and return to the monastry (4h).


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