Churches of Sant Bartomeu del Portell and Sant Miquel de la Roca

A number of Romanesque and Gothic structures dot the countryside around Esponellà Campsite. We suggest a short (about 3 km) but pleasant trail that will take you to two hermitages in Crespià village: Sant Miquel de la Roca and Sant Bartomeu del Portell (or de Basset).

This trail starts at the Plaça de l’Església in the village of Crespià (2.5 km from Esponellà Campsite). You can easily reach the trail head by bicycle or by car, taking the road that links the two towns.

The path to the first church, Sant Bartomeu del Portell, is an easily-accessible forest track. Sant Bartomeu is 12th-century Romanesque church, protected as a Cultural Asset of Local Interest since 1989. Although it lies in ruins, visitors can still see parts of its structure and get an idea of its layout. The trail from Sant Bartomeu to the church of Sant Miquel de la Roca is a narrower path with a metal walkway. The path requires walking along with some caution, but the views and the architecture make it very worthwhile. Sant Miquel Church is perched on a cliff above the canyon of the Fluvià River, near the Esponellà Hydroelectric Dam. This church was built as a cave in a rocky cliff over the Fluvià River. It is also protected as a Cultural Asset of Local Interest since 1989.

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