The saint who bathed in the Ebro

From Garcia to the hermitage of Santa Magdalena

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Introduction to the route

It has always been advisable to maintain good relations with the saints, especially if they are to be diligent in their good work as mediators with those above. When they forgot to turn on the tap for too long, the men and women went to Santa Magdalena with prayers asking for help. In order for Santa to remember the benefits and good adventures of water, it was traditional to lower her shoulders to take a bath in the Ebro.

After being immersed in the river, very cool and pleased, the villagers returned Santa Maria Magdalena to her throne on top of the mountain range so that, once again at the Lord’s request, she would intercede to end the drought. The proposed excursion recalls the journeys of Santa Magdalena to take the waters, and especially the pilgrimages of the people of Garcia to his beloved hermitage located in a very special place in the southern foothills of the Sierra del Tormo.

On the day of the Hermitage, as the annual pilgrimage to Santa Magdalena is called, the clotxa, the mass, the goigs, the bowling alleys, the paella, the jota and the monkey auction cannot be missed. Many of Garcia’s neighbors are in the hermitage that day. Each family usually occupies the same place each year (for many it is something almost as sacred as the saint). Once installed, they will share the day going from table to table and participating in games and dances.

Map and tracks


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La Picossa. Ribera d’Ebre 1:20.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

You leave the upper part of the village, the Old Church (1), destroyed during the Civil War, at the Battle of the Ebro. The views from here of the village, the river and the Mora basin are magnificent. To the west, on the side of the river, there is a track that goes down to find the Rec de Bas ravine (2). You cross the ravine and just in front, a little to the right of the path that climbs to the farm of Ca la Figuera, there is a very humble path that, in fact, corresponds to the old path of Creveta, a horseshoe path very interesting that it is actually the old royal road of Garcia to the Torre de l’Espanyol.

For centuries, before cars made us more lazy, this was the path used by the people of Garcia to go on a pilgrimage on foot to their beloved hermitage of Santa Magdalena, on the first Saturday after Easter Sunday.

With a few loops, the path immediately climbs to the top of the cultivated plain of Ca la Figuera (3). The path crosses it in a straight line and climbs uphill, between abandoned olive trees and the forest. The access track to the high voltage towers is soon to be found (4). The old path is below, unfortunately ambushed, but is immediately on the left (5) and continues, very smart, always looking for the best elevation, careening when you can, to avoid losing the slightest difference in an area full of ravines everywhere.

Later you cross another track (6) and continue uphill to reach a pass and start a descent until you find, after a very eroded section, the end of a road (7). The place is known as Plaça dels Carros because, in the past, it was only possible to get here with this vehicle. It continues straight up, leaving a rocky slope on the right, known as La Llisera. After some elegant loops, you end up on the concrete track (8) that leads to the hermitage (9). The return is highly recommended following the same path.

The hermitage of Santa Magdalena was built next to a spring of water that, according to them, always flows, and taking advantage of a very thick natural balm under the cliff that is known as the rock of the Hermitage. It is a humble building, which was set on fire during the Civil War, but which enjoys great symbolic significance due to the deep roots of the pilgrimage that continues to be celebrated there every year.


Round trip along the same route. You can walk from the bottom of the village or park your car near the Old Church. The Rec de Bas ravine, where you take the horseshoe path, is also accessible from the C-12 road, at km 17, and saves a bit of the route, especially the climb back to the top of the village.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. This route is partially marked as “Circuit de l’Ermita – camí de la Creveta”.

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