Hermitage of ‘San Pol’ de Arenys (Calaceite)
Length: 11,8 km (ida y vuelta).
Height difference:150 m.
You are on the ancient path from Calaceite to Arens de Lledó (nowadays, ‘Camino de Arens’ street). Start on the paved road that quickly becomes a forest track. On the outskirts of Calaceite, find the chapel of ‘La Misericordia’ with an interesting religious coat of arms, dated from the 18th century.
After a cobbled stretch, arrive at the A-1413 road, alongside which the path runs for a few metres. Quickly take another cobbled path and then take a path into delightful cultivated landscape, where olive and almond trees are especially prominent.
Halfway, a pond shows the way, as do the PR marks. Start the descent to ‘Moro’ ravine, during which the hermitage and ‘Los Puertos de Beceite’ mountain range can be viewed. At the bottom of the ravine, huge poplars and rushes reflect the humidity in the air.
On the last stretch, climb up a narrow path to get back to the track leading to ‘San Pol’. The hermitage is known by the abbreviate noun (‘San Hipólito’ being the complete name) and is outstanding due to its austerity and location. The building can be seen from several parts of the region, which you can look back upon from here, such as Matarraña, ‘Puertos de Beceite’ and the region of ‘Terra Alta’.