Cabacés Water Trail


6.77 km

The route sets out from the chapel of Sant Joan Baptista. From there take the path to the Cabacés viewpoint (mirador). After the viewpoint, carry on along the old La Foia path, which brings you to the aljub or water tank of Lo Poma.

Carry on towards the chapel of Sant Roc, but about 20 metres before the Sant Roc car park take a path to the right to the Salt de la Sèquia, a waterfall about 4 metres high with views of the Barranc de Montsant.

Now go back to the chapel of Sant Roc. Enter the chapel through the small door in the front, pass through it and go out through the back, where there is a small tank used in the past to water the chapel's vegetable plot. Follow the path as far as the spring and water tank of L'Aubelló. Fifty or sixty years ago the first water piped to the village came from this spring. Below the rock is where water was collected to feed the tank (built on 25-09-1950).

Carry on along the path to the barranc (stream bed) of Sant Roc, where you can see water running down from L'Aubelló spring.

After the stream the path continues, offering views of the area known as Els Aixarts, where there used to be several vegetable plots irrigated with water from the springs of L'Aubelló and Els Capellans.

When you come to the old track to La Foia, descend about fifteen or twenty metres to the left and take the path leading to the spring of Els Capellans, which used to supply water to irrigate the plots on the sunny side of Els Aixarts.

The first spring you come to is that of the Cova dels Capellans (a cave), which you can see much better if you come at five in the afternoon, as a ray of light shines in through an opening to light up the whole cave. To see it, go down the first stone steps you come to and turn right, where you will find the Cova dels Capellans. Returning to the path, go on across the Barranc de Montsant, the stream bed down which the waters of the springs of L'Aubelló and Els Capellans run. Continuing along the path you come to Els Capellans spring, where you can see the channels to collect the water that was then carried to the plots of Els Aixarts. After Els Capellans spring, go up some steps cut into the rock and carry on until you rejoin the old track to La Foia. Keep on towards the chapel of La Foia until you come level with La Covassa, an imposing drystone construction within the cave. Before going into La Covassa, you can take a path to the right to visit the spring and cave of El Bisbe.

Leave this path and head for La Covassa. When you get there pass beside a water tank until you come to a small spring and in the background you will see an overhang with a spring beneath it.

Go back to La Covassa and take the path that starts next to the enclosure to the Cova de les Gotetes (Cave of the Drops).

When you get there, carry on to the right of the cave to find a track leading to the spring of El Poma, where there is a pretty pool of cool, clear water. Go up over the rock to cross the pools and you come to some old field terraces supported by wonderful drystone retaining walls with steps built into them. Climb the stone steps in the wall to get to a cool, damp cave. Then return to the Cova de les Gotetes by a circular route.

Carry on towards Cabacés along the Coves Altes (High Caves) path from La Bisbal and Margalef as far as the Pont dels Solans, a bridge. Below the bridge there is mistletoe, formerly used to make birdlime for traditional methods of trapping birds.

Following the path downstream you come to the small spring of Les Fontanelles and to L'Aubereda, where you can take a rest.