The GR92 runs along the entire coast
In Catalonia we are very lucky to have a very long coastline through which the GR 92 coastal path passes, with which we can travel the entire coastline.
We will not talk about it from its beginning on the Costa Brava, but we are going to take care of it from Tarragona to the Ebro Delta.
We take as our starting point the sanctuary of the Virgin of Loreto in the city of Tarragona from which a path leads to the Tierras Cavadas urbanization, where we will meet the GR 172 and continue along the road that leads to the city from Tarragona.
To leave the city it is necessary to get to the Tarraco imperial square and from there head west towards the Francolí river; cross a bridge and take a track that follows the course of the river upstream, in the middle of landscapes with riverside vegetation. We will continue to the north for a few kilometers, we will pass under the A-7 motorway and the AP7 motorway until we reach the town of Constantí.
Leaving Constantí along the path of Las Gavarras, the GR 92 heads back towards the sea, towards the south-west. A path between cornfields that takes us to La Canonja, from which we will head towards Vila-seca, turning west. We will leave Vila-seca on the south side, towards Salou and Port Aventura. This section is done skirting the road on the right.
Once in Salou, the GR 92 recovers its Mediterranean character to cover a long stretch of the Costa Dorada on the seafront. We will find long beaches with fine sand: we will first cross the Levante beach and then the Poniente beach until we find the beaches of Vilafortuny up to Cambrils.
The fishing and sports port of this town is especially attractive. We will follow the seafront until we reach the mouth of the Riera de Alforja, where another GR begins, the 192. The promenade ends there, although we continue along the coast to La Pixerota beach, which belongs to Mont-roig del Camp. From this moment it is necessary to follow the beaches through the places where it is easier. You can also opt for the so-called Sanidad path, which always goes between the beaches and the train tracks, some distance from the coast to Miami Playa.
Miami Playa was a tourist urbanization that has ended up becoming an important coastal center. The seafront here gains altitude as the long beaches give way to smaller coves enclosed by cliffs. Towards the end of the cliffs, some stairs go down to the beach and a little further on the promenade begins again, in this case at Playa Cristal. This long promenade leads to the mouth of the LLastres River, which separates Miami Playa from the neighboring town of Hospitalet de l’Infant.
After following the entire promenade of l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, the path continues even closer to the Arenal beach. Upon reaching the Cala de Ocas ravine, the GR 92 enters inland, leaving the nudist beach of Torn on the left.
The view is spectacular once you reach the point of Las Rojalas at 190 meters above sea level. Then it goes down and to the right. It is necessary to cross the two tracks through a tunnel and a bridge and turn again to the south-west parallel to the highway. We continue and pass near the Vandellòs power stations, leaving them on the left until we reach the Calafat urbanization.salou2.jpg
Leaving this urbanization we recover the coastal path. Thus we arrive at Sant Jordi d’Alfama and its castle and continue south-west visiting coves and very interesting landscapes such as Cala Forn or the ecological pond of Cala Torrent del Pi. We continue along the path to Ametlla de Mar. We skirt the port of this pretty town and continue along the coastal path. We will find the natural area of Cap de Santes Creus and the Cala del Estanque Podrido. Here the coastal path becomes a bit complicated but the beauty of the landscapes that we find make up for it.
We continue to the town of La Ampolla, where the Gulf of Sant Jordi begins with the northern end of the Delta del Ebro. We continue towards the municipality of Camarles, when we come across a narrow channel we continue inland and leave the beach on the left.
We continue to the outskirts of Camarles and cross an area of orchards and fruit trees close to the town of La Aldea. The path deviates from the canal when it reaches the N-340. Once on the right bank of the Ebro river, we will look for La Rápita channel to follow it in a southerly direction for a long time, up to the height of the “Ullals del Baltasar” when we will take the left track that heads towards the Montsià massif.
We climbed the massif on a steep track through a mountainous landscape, entering the Mata-redona ravine and passing through sites of great natural interest until reaching the top, at the Foradada peak at 671 meters.
From here the path loses sight of the sea as it goes down the west face of the Montsià massif. We go down to Ulldecona and end the tour in the last town in Catalonia.