Sanctuary of Àngels

Santuario de Àngels
Sanctuary of Àngels

From Sant Martí Vell go up to the sanctuary by a track that discurre between forests of encinas and pines.

Els Àngels Is the sanctuary of the city of Girona by antonomasia, and his origins lose in the time. Some legend speaks of the bond of the four martyrs of Girona(Germán, Paulino, Justo and Sicio) with this place. In 1424, the bishop conceded the first indulgences to the congregation that contributed donations for the sanctuary. In 1710, during the War of Succession, disappeared the mediaeval image, and in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, the temple lost the ancient altarpiece of the Virgin and the Saint Sudario.

Destroyed in several occasions, the current building, without too much architectural interest, is attached to the hostería. Place of strong popular devotion and of leisure for the gerundenses, that go up here often, is also one of the typical excursions of the schools of the near populations that's that of arrival of popular courses, so much on foot as in bicycle. It was the place chosen by Salvador Dalí to marry with his adored Gala. The beauty of Els Àngels roots in the panoramic of 360or that divisa from his privileged situation, north of the macizo of Them Gavarres and to 485 metres of altitude. In days despejados can see from here zones of all the regions gerundenses: the Costa Brava, the plain of the Empordà, the saw of the Albera with the Pyrenees at the end, the Garrotxa, the macizo of Guilleries, the Montseny, etc.

Given his situation and the vicinity of the city of Girona, are many the roads of access to the sanctuary. Of the same Girona, splitting of Sant Pere of Galligants and going through the valley of Sant Daniel, goes out one of the most typical  routes. Also it can arrive from Quart, Llambilles, Madremanya, Juià or Celrà. A bit further down of the sanctuary exists a recreational area with games for boys. Sant Martí Vell is one of the villages with more charm of the region. Small and calm, has houses of stone and rincones of big beauty. The current church dates of 1433. In Bordils is worthwhile to visit the church, of late Gothic style (s. XVI).

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Girona 1 10 Km. 485 m. 485 m. Easy Recorrido de Ida y Vuelta
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