The smells of the stones

From Tivissa to the hermitage of Sant Blai, La Tossa and back along La Llena

Technical data

Technical data

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Introduction to the route

Perhaps because it is full of history (cave paintings, Iberian treasures, Roman sites, etc.), Tivissa has always shown a certain sense of capitalism. For centuries it has played a prominent role as a commercial and agricultural center in this part of La Ribera, which explains the extensive network of roads that connected it with the nearby towns and the many farmhouses in its extensive municipality, true agricultural industries. in antiquity.

For hikers, Tivissa and its hermitage of Sant Blai also have a special value. It was here that on March 2, 1975, the first brand of the Long Distance Trails in the whole Peninsula was painted, the popular GR. In the early seventies of the twentieth century, French hikers encouraged Catalans to continue one of their great itineraries with the intention of one day arriving in Gibraltar.

The GR 7 was inaugurated in Tivissa because hikers from the province of Tarragona were in charge of tracing the first section of the Great Peninsula Trail. In particular, the entities of Reus had acquired considerable experience in the recovery of old roads with the annual celebration, since 1965, of the Day of the Mountain Way, promoted first by Joan Domènech and later by Enric Aguadé.

Map and tracks


Recommended map

Muntanyes de Tivissa 1:15.000 Ed. Piolet

Route description

Almost at the top of Avinguda Catalunya, in front of the western end of the football field, is the way back and a good car park. A little further up, on the left (1), there is the ascending street which, at the top, connects with the old Camino de Sant Blai, a horseshoe path probably as old as Tivissa itself, which also served as the main road between this town and the Perelló. After a while, follow the road (2) which has replaced the old one and leads to the hermitage (3). The current building dates from 1858 and goes be built on the remains of another ancient building to commemorate the Christian conquest of Tivissa, according to popular tradition.

Continue uphill, following the track, until you reach the Coll del Ventall (4). Turn left following the forest track towards the Coll de la Llena. Follow the main trail. You reach the Coll de Montnegret (5) and continue climbing towards the Coll de la Llena. Not long after, on the right hand side, is the path (6) that passes next to the remains of the farmhouse of Sant Blai de Montnegret (it still preserves the oven). Climb up the shady slope, linking old coal miners’ paths to the top of the ridge (7) and turn left. The summit of La Tossa (718 m) is very close (8).

From the top, go down following the ridge, leaning to the left, to follow the Benet shortcut. Well marked, it ends up slipping between the cliffs to make its way to the track that had been left before, right at the Collet de la Llena, the crossroads where the Camí de Llena (9) heads west. Follow the track that ends shortly after, at the Coll de la Llena (10), where you will find the magnificent traditional horseshoe path and its many cobbled sections. You just have to follow it and enjoy it to make it to the village.

Traditional roads are those built before motorization. This heritage is a key piece in interpreting our past, and not just the great events, but the pulse of the country, its most everyday beat. On this Camino de la Llena, for example, some authors claim that the carriers, the haulers who carried the fish from the coast to Tivissa and their farmhouses went down there. Who knows, maybe those with very thin noses will still smell the cobblestones.


The descent from the top of La Tossa has fairly straight sections. Canes are recommended. Those who prefer not to climb it, just follow the track to reach the Collet de la Llena (9) where it connects with the route described.

To be able to follow the route correctly, you need to download the track. The route does not have a specific signage, but in many places it is made up of old flags that take us to different points along the route.

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