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Roses - Les Salines

Type: Road
Direction: Counter-clockwise
Distance: 116 km
Duration: 6h 15'
Accumulated climb: 1.415 m
Accumulated descent: 1.415 m
Main passes: Agullana- La Vajol viewpoint (Average gradient of 6% - Maximum gradient of 9%)



This route, which runs entirely through the interior, is sensational. It consists of a circular route of medium difficulty that crosses the Alt-Empordà plain, with its gentle hills of olive trees, vineyards and holm oaks. It is dotted with curious villages and hamlets, with an incursion into the Pyrenean foothills to the west of the region, specifically with a visit to the village of Maçanet de Cabrenys. Before this, however, you will need to have made the climb to La Vajol, which will reward you with wide panoramic vistas from the viewpoint located at the exit of the village (550 m).

Back in Roses, heading southeast, you pass by the dam of the Boadella reservoir and continue down towards the Empordà plain. Although the itinerary tries to avoid any traffic, you should be careful in certain sections, either because of the narrow width of the road, poor visibility due to the presence of slopes, or the slopes of the hills or mountains themselves.

The route allows you a choice of different options:

Option 1: when at La Vajol, ascend and descend the Coll de Manrella. If you choose this option, the route is 125 km and with a change in level of 1,500 m, approximately.

Option 2: in Maçanet de Cabrenys, there is the possibility of a wonderful route down to Vallespir in Northern Catalonia, by Costoja and returning to La Vajol by Les Illes and the Coll de Manrella (includes a short sector of unpaved track climbing over the Coll de Manrella on the northern slope). If you choose this option, the route is 200 km and with a change in level of 2,400 m, approximately.

Option 3: from Agullana you can shorten the route by heading south and, passing through Boadella d'Empordà or through Biure, to retake the original route. If you choose this option, the route is 96 km and has a change in level of 1,000 m approximately.



  • It is a long route and even more so if you take the Vallespir detour. You should plan a stop/rest to eat (breakfast) and bring enough water and energy food to eat en route.
  • Fast traffic on county roads. Sufficient kerb.
  • Fast traffic on the main local roads before and after Sant Climent de Sescebes to La Jonquera. Main roads have lines but not kerbs.
  • BEWARE of the cattle grids formed of iron pipes on the road surface to prevent livestock passing. Between Vilamaniscle and Rabós.
  • Danger on the descent to Jonquera from Cantallops. Narrow local main road with tight bends and uphill traffic occupying the entire width.
  • Descent from La Vajol towards Maçanet de Cabrenys: local minor road, narrow, tight bends, without lines or curb, steep slopes (15 %) and possible sand on the road surface. It's a technical descent. Take extreme precautions.
  • In the middle of the village of Cabanes, on the plain, there is a speed hump which, if you’re not prepared for, can cause you to fall.
  • The minor local roads on the plain, linking Peralada and Castelló d'Empúries, are quite busy. Avoid riding two abreast as much as you can. Always use hand signals whenever you should do so.


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  • Disclaimer

    The trails are an option to follow specific routes. The trail markers are exclusively of informative nature that indicate where the planned itinerary goes. Given the diverse situations and circumstances that may occur, it is essentially impossible to guarantee that this signage remains intact always. As such, the Town Hall and/or other entities that maintain the signage are not to be held liable for damages and/or loss in the case of getting lost or any other potential problem that users may face when using the indicated routes.

    For this reason, users following the marked routes are recommended to not only rely on the signage for direction. Rather, both prior and during their excursion, they should have a map, GPS or compass at hand in order to solve any problems that may present themselves.

    Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that when following a marked trail, the norms for movement and correct behaviour should be totally respected, whether on trail, road or streambed.

    The marked routes on the trails are merely informative, and, as such, the Town Hall of Roses is not to be held liable for the accidents occurred whilst using said trails. When using the trails, it is recommended to do so with the proper equipment and material, keeping the prior recommendations in mind.