Link between Iron Route and Narrow-Gauge Railway Route
Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Olot
The section of greenway which will take you from Sant Joan de les Abadesses to La Vall de Bianya or Olot is unfinished. Therefore, we provide an alternate routes: directly to Olot, over the Coll de Sentigosa and Coll de Coubet passes as it follows the old GI-521 highway.
Also, you have information to visit La Vall de Bianya from Olot.
Kilometers 22 Km
Pavement Asphalt agglomerate
Maximum altitude 1.064 m (coll de Sentigosa)
Minimum altitude 777 m (St. Joan Abadesses)
Services WC estacions / Zona pícnic / Centre BTT Sant Joan de les Abadesses
Until the section that leads to La Vall de Bianya is completed, this is a good alternative if you want to reach Olot. Leaving the station, once you cross the Gothic bridge you reach Sant Pol church (Romanesque, 12th century). Follow the main highway to the left until you reach the turn-off to the Sentigosa highway. After you pass the Font dels Vermells spring and the picnic area you reach Coll de Sentigosa pass, where you enter the Garrotxa county. Follow the GI521 highway another 2 km through cool beech groves to reach the Font dels Pastors. There’s no way you can get lost – simply follow the highway! A little over 12 km after the starting point you will reach Coll de Coubet pass, which is at an elevation of 1,010 metres above sea level. Here you take the A-26 (formerly the N-260) highway to the left. After another 10 km (about 22 km from the starting point in Sant Joan), you leave the highway and enter Olot, where you will come to a roundabout (the same one you would find if you took the route through La Vall de Bianya). Continue towards the centre of Olot along Avinguda dels Reis Catòlics, up to Plaça Clarà. As you enter the square, take the first road that branches off to the right up to Plaça de Catalunya. Cross the square and continue along Carrer de la Verge de Fàtima street until you reach a crossing to the left with a sign that reads “Totes direccions” (All directions). This street, Carrer de Pere Bretxa, takes you to the main highway. Turn right, cross the Fluvià River, and you soon reach the greenway signs, finally arriving at the old Olot train station, in front of the trade fair enclosure.
La Vall de Bianya – Olot
As mentioned above, you will reach La Vall de Bianya by Sant Pere Despuig, after covering 21 km from Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Continuing along the same rural road, you will reach the C-26 main highway. You will then pass Hostalnou de Bianya, where the Town Hall of La Vall de Bianya is located. At km 26 you will find a trail to the right which runs parallel to the streambed. After about 1 km you cross the streambed and come to Mare de Déu de l’Esperança chapel. Here the trail becomes paved again. The route runs through the Cuní oak grove, where you can contemplate the spectacular oak trees, and then under the highway to the patch of open ground belonging to the Simon factory. Cross the industrial estate along a grassy area to reach the roundabout at the northeast entrance to Olot. Take the road that leads off to the left (seen from the road you are on) towards the centre of Olot, following Avinguda dels Reis Catòlics to Plaça Clarà. As you enter the square, take the first road that branches off to the right up to Plaça de Catalunya. Cross the square and continue along Carrer de la Verge de Fàtima street until you reach a crossing to the left with a sign that reads “Totes direccions” (All directions). This street, Carrer de Pere Bretxa, takes you to the main highway. Turn right, cross the Fluvià River, and you soon reach the greenway signs, finally arriving at the old Olot train station, in front of the trade fair enclosure.
How to get there
RENFE RAILWAY NETWORK
Barcelona – Puigcerdà Line (Ripoll Station)
Ticket reservation: tel. +34 902 240 202
TEISA BUS COMPANY
Tel. +34 972 204 868
From Barcelona: C-17, C-26
From Girona: C-66, A-26, C-26
A-2, C-25, C-17, C-26
From Puigcerdà/Andorra: N-152, C-26
From Lleida: C-25, C-17, C-26
From França/Perpinyà: C-38, C-26