Landscape in the Montgrí Massif, with the Valley of Santa Caterina and the rocky Puig Rodó.
|Elevation||310.8 m (1,020 ft)|
|Parent range||Catalan Coastal Range|
|Easiest route||From Torroella de Montgrí|
This long mountain formation looks like a sleeping bishop seen from afar. The Montgrí Massif is topped by an ancient fortress in the middle, the Montgrí Castle. Local people say the castle is the ring on the sleeping bishop's hand.
It is a largely denuded karstic mountain, beaten by the persistent winds that blow in the region. It has some dunes at its feet, on its northern side, which formed by windblown sand coming from the shores of distant Roses. These dunes were fixed about a century ago by and lie now covered under low forest.
The vegetation on this massif consists mostly of low mediterranean scrub among rocks. There are some clumps of Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis), being one of the northernmost locations where this small palm grows wild. The lower edges of the mountain have some mediterranean forest, made up mainly of pine (Pinus halepensis), as well as some cork oak (Quercus suber) and oak (Quercus sp.).
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