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Stage 7

Tamarite Stage from Litera to Monzón

km 21,6
Time 05H 15’
Difficulty Medium
Hostels 0
Available without an Internet connection

In the 5 hours of route there are no intermediate populations. Full backpack!

Information about the stage 7: Tamarite Stage from Litera to Monzón

Profile: Tamarite Stage from Litera to Monzón

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Points of interest in the stage 7: Tamarite Stage from Litera to Monzón

  • 12 Santa Maria del Romeral
  • 11 Monzón Castle
  • 10 Bridge over the tracks
  • 9 Step under the A-22
  • 8 Zaidin Canal
  • 7 Bifurcation
  • 6 Crossing with the A-133
  • 5 Otero
  • 4 Leaving the Canal Company
  • 3 Canal de Aragón and Catalonia
  • 2 Monument to Joaquín Costa
  • 1 Former Collegiate of Santa Maria la Mayor

The route

The signs start at the same hostel, in Calle Residencia. If we eat breakfast in Tamarite, rather than recommend a good thick chocolate with churros, we can resume the itinerary along with the lottery administration, in San Miguel Street. It is a mountain climbing with stairs in the final section that lead to Patrocinio Street, street that leads to a square where we will take the Monzón road, is the street that leaves oblique to the right. This road progresses to the industrial estate. We overcome it and at the end of it, first to the right and then to the left we take the track that crosses the canal of Aragon and Catalonia, infrastructure of more than 100 kilometers opened in 1906 by Alfonso XIII (Km 1,9). As soon as we cross the canal, we continue in front by an adobe house to, at the next bifurcation that appears in Y, take the left track, under the electric line. We go through the canal twice more and after the second crossing we stick to its course. We left the company of the canal 1.8 kilometers later and went out on a track that was born on the left hand side, next to a walkway (Km 5.3).

We progressed without loss to overcome a small cubit installed at 371 meters altitude (Km 6,7). Even under the La Litera domains, we widen the panoramic and head down between the scattered carrascal. In short, we cross a secondary irrigation canal and go straight through the runway, which in the rainy season becomes a muzzle with lots of puddles. There is no loss. Sprinklers and crops are blurred at our pace and after almost an hour we cross the road A-133, the equator of the journey between Binéfar and San Esteban de Litera (Km 10,7).

We continue from the front after the crossing, already entering the region of the Middle Cinca, and about a kilometer and a half the runway bifurcates. A white caset of irrigation divides the two roads, and painted on the caset a yellow arrow encourages us to continue on the right. Half a kilometer later a poster announces the entrance to the region of the Cinca Medio and about two kilometers later we find the canal of Zaidin, driving derived from the canal of Aragón and Catalonia with 47 kilometers (Km 14,5).

We follow its course a few hundred meters and we cross it to continue along a right-hand runway that runs almost parallel to a high-voltage line, leaving it to our left. Soon we clearly distinguish the silhouette of the castle of Arab origin of Monzón, donated to the Templars by Ramón Berenguer IV in 1143 for his participation in the Reconquista. The walk will not give us great surprises, perhaps only the slopes of some dogs when passing by isolated houses. The trail becomes tarred and after the house baptized as El Campillo we went under the highway Lleida – Huesca A-22 (Km 18,3).

A kilometer later we crossed a bridge over the tracks and continued right until the entrance to Monzón. You have to cross the Avenida de Lérida and continue almost from the front by Calle Joaquín Costa, adorned with vieiras on the pavement. The urban route passes by the concathedral of Santa María del Romeral, National Monument since 1994, of Romanesque origin from the 12th and 12th centuries and altered in later centuries by the Gothic and Baroque. The brick tower was placed in the early 17th century. The one dedicated to Joaquín Costa, montisonense and the highest representative of regenerationism, links to the street and plaza Mayor, where the City Hall is located. Currently, the city welcomes pilgrims in the Residence of Athletes, in Calle Flúmen 36, see section observations.(km 21.6)

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