ROUTE 2: SANTA RITA
This route only asks for a little effort at the beginning to surmount the slight slope that brings you to discover Santa Rita spot and its small hermitage chapel –formerly known as the Chapel of Saint Pontius (Sant Ponç) and called nowadays the Chapel of Saint Rita. The building consists of a small nave with vaulted roof, which give it an air of neo-classical chapel, despite being a replica of an earlier chapel that was located in the same place and was probably destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. On the roof, there used to be a bell that was stolen. Inside the shrine there is a plain altar table and three images of the Patron Saints Pontius, Raymond Nonnatus and Rita of Cascia.
Formerly, an outdoor meeting was organised there on St. Pontius day. A great number of people from Malgrat and surroundings would go up to celebrate. Nowadays, devotees of Saint Rita (patron saint of lost and impossible causes) still go up to the chapel and pray a Novena during nine days before May 22. Their tradition is the only one of both that has reached our time, hence the name that is popularly given to the place now.
It is a nice walk in natural surroundings near the town centre, ideal to enjoy a green corner in town if you don’t have much time. From there you will also be able to enjoy a great view of Malgrat de Mar and around: Pla de Grau, the castle of Palafolls, some watch towers and the hills of Malgrat. Take your packed lunch and sit at Santa Rita terrace to enjoy it as locals do.
distance 2.50 km (1.55 miles)
climb 41 m (134.5 feet)
TIME 1 h
- Wear suitable clothes and shoes for the route and the season.
- Don’t forget to take water with you and wear a hat. It may be hot and sunny.
- Check the weather forecast, it may be helpful.
- Take your mobile phone to contact 112 in case of emergency.
- It is better not to go alone; you will avoid lots of risks.
- Don’t leave your litter in the forest, take it with you and drop it in the nearest bin.
- Respect the pathways, signs and private properties.