Night of the four chapels walk at Pineda de Mar
Our recommended route for this week is a short and easy route, where you will be able to enjoy, not only the gently shaped mountains that form the coastline relief, but also the beach, culture, leisure facilities, … The “Four Chapels Route” is a really achievable route recommended for the whole family. Its 5 kilometres can... View Article
Our recommended route for this week is a short and easy route, where you will be able to enjoy, not only the gently shaped mountains that form the coastline relief, but also the beach, culture, leisure facilities, … The “Four Chapels Route” is a really achievable route recommended for the whole family. Its 5 kilometres can be finished in about 2 – 3 hours, depending on the pace and the stops we make along the way.
If you are among those who prefer to enjoy this kind of routes or excursions in groups or accompanied by a professional guide, you have a unique opportunity this weekend. The Centre d’estudis Arqueològics de l’Alt Maresme has scheduled its annual night excursion for this next Saturday 28th June. Professional guides will accompany the group explaining the history of each architectonic element as well as some stories and anecdotes. The route has been scheduled at night, from 8:30 pm to well after midnight, and will allow us to enjoy the landscape with different lighting: from an amazing view of the area with the evening light, the sunset, to finish the tour by candlelight.
The route starts with a visit to the Sant Antoni Chapel, located in the center of Pineda de Mar, on the street named after it. The chapel was built in the late eighteenth century and retains a carved Baroque altar and stone font.
The route continues crossing the main road, using the underway, and following the signs that will lead us to Mare de Déu de Gràcia. From here, taking advantage of the light still remaining, we will be able to enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the cities of Malgrat, Santa Susanna, Pineda and Calella. The chapel was built by a group of sailors back in 1705. Currently, the church features an allegorical mosaic of the sea and mountains and the image of the Virgin.
Let’s continue the route towards our next stop, the chapel of Sant Rafael. We will cover the longest distance to reach this chapel. We highly recommend you to follow the route marked in wikiloc, for example, if you want to do the route by yourself, as the path is not always well marked and sometimes it goes into the forest.
Located at the foot of the mountain of Montpalau, Sant Rafael dates from 1908 and features a main door arch made of great quality stone. The chapel has been recently restored, thanks to organizations such as CAU, the Centre d’estudis Arqueològics de l’Alt Maresme, the ADF and theVAMMA.
And it’s about time to reach our last stop, the chapel of Sant Jaume, a small building from the nineteenth century, and its great surroundings, with plenty of architectural elements, such as the “Torre Sant Jaume”, attached to the “Mas Castellar”, one of the many defence towers built along the coast between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries; and the remains of an old flour mill, the closest mill to the coastline and the only one that was not built next to a brook.
We have easily reached the end of the route and following the path that goes down, we will return to the city centre, passing in front of the Church.
We recommend you to join the group this next Saturday. It is the best way to make the most of the route and fully enjoy the landscape, making sure we are on the right path and the only way to discover amazing local stories and architectural elements that will otherwise go unnoticed.
If you prefer to take the route on your own and during the day, you can relax after the walk on one of the lovely beaches, awarded with the Blue Flag for its quality.