Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camí de Sant Jaume
in Catalunya

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Stage 1B - El Port de la Selva to Figueres

Route map of this section

View of El Port de la Selva from my bedroom

Old cannon on the esplanade

Way marker in the paving on the way out of El Port de la Selva

View of the town looking back

The first 2.6 km. are on the main road, and the Way then turns left up the left hand side of the valley

Initially it is a wide track

but fairly soon it gets narrower and zigzags up the hill....

winding past high stone walls of the terraces made by the monks when vineyards covered these hills

Street and cafe in La Vall

Looking back at La Vall with El Port de la Selva in the distance

This section of the path is steeper and stonier

with the monastery of St. Pere de Rodes getting steadily closer

The ruined tower


Marvelous stone carving of Christ appearing to the fishermen

Upper Cloister

The main square of the monastery

Santa Helena de Rodes, the highest point of the day at 546 m. above sea level

Path through the pines

The start of the steep descent

Wayside cross

Much of the descent is steep and stony

Nearly down - and a thunderstorm breaks out!

Entering Pau

The Catalan Information Centre in Vilajuïga, complete with blue signpost

Leaving Vilajuïga on a very minor road to Marzà

View of the countryside from the autovia bridge

First view of Peralada

The wall of the castle

Entrance to the old city

City street

The furies, detail of one of the capitals of the cloister of St. Dominic

Adam and Eve on another of the capitals

The cloister of St.. Dominic in Peralada

Main square

First view of Vilabertran

Cloister of the abbey

Abbey church in Vilabertran

The cross of Vilabertran (14th c.)(right)

Detail of interior

The junction of the two routes, with its 3 way signpost

The washing place of Abbe Rigou, with the abbey church beyond

Through fields to a tunnel under the autovia

Shady track on the way to Figueres

A clever inclined circular mirror showing a reflected picture of Salvador Dalí, who spent his childhood in the town

The Rambla

One of the two Dalí museums

One of the very many Dalí paintings in the museum

Amazing statue - goddess on a Cadillac - in the courtyard of the Dalí Museum (left)

The bed with the diving dolphins

Interior of the cathedral in Figueres