Short walk leading from the village of Vilanova d’Escornalbou to the hilltop chapels of Mare de Déu de la Roca and San Ramon in Mont-roig del Camp. These chapels were built at excellent vantage points over the Baix Camp, high up on top of the red rock. The painter Joan Miró, captivated by the power of this landscape, immortalised it in several paintings while he spent summers in Mont-roig. The chapel of Sant Ramon, a white-walled cube, stands out on the redness of the rock and the blue of the sky and is still today by sailors to guide themselves into port.
Begin the walk in the village of Vilanova d’Escornalbou, leaving by Carrer de la Font. After crossing the Font de l’Arc ravine, carry on southwards towards Mont-roig and L’Areny mountain. When you reach its foot, continue straight on along the flat Carlists’ path to the chapel of Mare de Déu de la Roca. More experienced walkers with no fear of heights have the option to climb a path to the right, passing some rocky outcrops equipped with ropes, taking them to the top of L’Areny mountain. Here, the sea breezes have magically sculpted the red sandstone rock into shapes that feed the imagination and you can enjoy impressive views of the plain leading down to the Mediterranean Sea. After crossing a slippery rock you skirt the sea side of the mountain and reach the Diable steps, allowing you to reach the hilltop chapel of Sant Ramon. Descend to the chapel of Mare de Déu de la Roca, tended for four centuries by the friars of Escornalbou, and carry on down, rounding paved hairpin bends, until you find the Carlists’ path to take you back to Vilanova d’Escornalbou.
Time: 1:40 h.
Suitable for families: Yes
Circular route: Not
Total distance: 5.6 km
Ascent: 100 m
The network of paths of El Baix Camp allows you to discover our region at a leisurely pace, enjoying the landscape, its villages and its people.