Discovering the chasms of la Febró
After having a nice and pleasant conversation with Marc de las Heras about one of his favourites places in Catalunya, we have decided to go and see with our own eyes this amazing part of our country, well worth to be part of an Indiana Jones film. We wanted to dig into caves and walk surrounded by tall... View Article
After having a nice and pleasant conversation with Marc de las Heras about one of his favourites places in Catalunya, we have decided to go and see with our own eyes this amazing part of our country, well worth to be part of an Indiana Jones film. We wanted to dig into caves and walk surrounded by tall stone walls, that will amaze to whoever dares to explore its nature, its history and its legends.
In the county of Tarragona, within the village of Vilaplana, we have started our route along “La Mussara”, a village surrounded by mysteries and legends, abandoned since the fifties. A village in ruins where only a church, without its roof, and a few more constructions still remain. This surroundings couldn’t help but to make us remember the legends and stories we have discovered while reading about this area:
Well hidden and preserved among the quietness of the area and the amazing views that this privileged location offers to the visitors, there is a huge rock known as “La Vila del Sis”, able to transport us to another dimension. There are plenty of stories, including mysterious disappearances and unusual phenomena. Its location and climatological conditions are the reason why a thick fog covers the area, but even the most sceptical will be doubtful by the atmosphere created.
So, better be careful not to step over anything. Not that we are superstitious …
From this place, and leaving the church behind, we will clearly see a sign pointing the beginning of our route: Ruta a Els Avencs de la Febró. We start walking along a path, clearly delimited by stones and vegetation. The yellow and blue signs that we can see along the path will guide our steps. We will eventually reach the T-704 road, that we are going to cross and walk for a few metres to the left (direction Prades) until we find a dirt road.
This part of the route is easy. From now on we only have to follow the yellow and white signs (those marks are a sign of a small route PR in Catalan Petit Recorregut) that will guide us to a wood and afterwards to a fork. We have to take the right path and continue following the yellow signs, as the path starts to go up, vegetation decreases and heat increases.
We really need to be careful from here!
We can see the town of La Febró in the distance. There are more and bigger rocks on our left side and we need to keep looking for a yellow and white arrow that points the place from where to get into the fissure that we can see below our feet. It is not that easy to find it, but once you start going down between the rocks, you will soon realize that you are on the right path as the humidity start rising, the temperature decreases and you start forgetting the intense sun shining over you. Suddenly and almost without any warning, a giant crack opens in front of you, an enormous gallery with two 30 meters rock walls and a rock that appears to be floating on the air. Impressive is the right word to describe the landscape.
We keep moving. More rocks, caves and some vegetation, typical from dark and wet places like this one. As we mention on the interview, these rocks have an important presence in our history, as it was a common hidden places among smuggles and bandits. It is said that some important characters in the history of Catalunya, such is the General Prim, also used these caves as a hideout in 1843 during the Carlist Wars.
Time to switch on the flashlight and explore …
The descent over the rocks is pretty humid and slippery. Make sure you wear the appropriate shoes before starting the route.
Do not forget to carry a good flashlight. It is well worth to take a look to some of caves.
If you like the Via Ferratas, remember to take your equipment with you. There will be plenty of chances to enjoy a good climb in the area.
And if you take our advice and decide to give a try to this experience, do not hesitate to share your adventure with us. You will find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google +. And you want to send us pictures, you can share them on Instagram using always the hashtag #livecatalunya