The caves of Sant Llorenç del Munt


The proximity of matadepera to the Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac convert this beautiful villa in the ideal place to start any of the itineraries that cover this slope of the mountain range of Sant Llorenç del Munt. Fleeing from the most characteristic itineraries, the tour that we propose goes into untamed and hidden channels and we are about to discover the secrets that hide the park’s caves, such as the wrought caves of the Òbits, the cave-chapel of Santa Agnès or the bound and amazing caves of Sescorts.


We take the track that comes out of the parking parallel to the road and then turn right to cross the ravine of the Arenes. The road climbs gently, we leave a track to the left and cross the channel of the Font del Cargol. We find an area of crop fields and we come to another crossroads, which we take to the right. We cross the ravine of Can Pèlecs and at the next fork we take the track on the left, in the direction of the houses of Can Pèlecs. We border the building and we arrive to a crossroads where we leave the main trail that goes to the right.

We take the path that goes into the thick vegetation and that goes up by the channel of the Pitort the slope of this mountain. We will leave another path to the left and will always continue to follow the blue marks above. The trail crosses the channel and wins tilt, and through a thick oak grove allows us to reach a hill above the ridge line of Sant Llorenç, to the right of Serrat Roig, at the level of the Pi Tort. On the other side of the hill it is the track that goes from la Mola to the pass of the Eres. We take it to the left until a junction where a path on the right leads us to the caves of the Òbits. The first is outwardly closed forming different compartments, with walls of stone and mortar. A pond excavated in the rock allowed the inhabitants of the cave to stock up water. It was inhabited until the mid-18th century. The other cave is a hole with an inner cavity that people called the Cau de la Moneda, because in the past it was manufactured counterfeit currency. From the Òbits we can enjoy exceptional views where it stands out the monumental spire of the hill of the 9 Cabres.

We go back to the track and up to the pass of the Pi Tort and continue in the direction of the monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt that is silhouetted on the summit of la Mola. Shortly before the track turns sharply to the left we can take a path that goes up on plates of conglomerate and borders the hill d’en Griera. It is a circular round that will bring us up to this point, not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

On the other side of the hill the panoramic views are quite impressive and vertical. The track turns abruptly to the left and leads us to the hill del Drac, a hole between the rocks to behold.

A little further on, in direction to La Mola, a path on the left goes down a channel up to the chapel of Santa Agnès, after leaving, in two forks, two tracks that go to the right. The descent is quite vertical, but it is worth visiting the chapel and the cave where there are some beautiful sinks that collect the water that filters through the rock.

We return to the hill del Drac and take the road to the summit again in the direction of the Òbits for a few meters. Immediately to the left a path very evident that goes parallel to the road, and that brings us to the crag of Sescorts, where we can visit its amazing caves. The way back to the car is also delicious. On the plates of conglomerate of this cliff, it borders the Roca Petanta and passes through the crag de la Mare de Déu until it finds the track of Can Pèlags. In some sections the trail blurs a little and we always have to search for the line of the crest of the ridge, not to lose the trail. Once on the track we take it to the right. We arrive to a very sharp turn to the left and leave the track on the right. After a zigzag a path leads us to the track that borders the fields Can Pèlags. We turn left and we arrive to the parking.



Els Òbits: The caves of the massif have been traditionally used to build houses just working at the open side of the rock. These buildings, which allow to combine the economic needs with the defensive ones, proliferated during the turbulent Middle Ages. The wrought caves of the Òbits belong to a masia of two chambers with two floors. The first floor was devoted to farmyard and the second, to housing. From the crop fields, grasped to the tiny landings of relief, there are only preserved a few terraces along the way. The advance of the forests, after the abandonment of crops, hides these agricultural structures and it is difficult to imagine that all the massif had been spread of fields. Observing the combination, we deduce the harsh and austere life of its inhabitants.

The hill del Drac: The hill del Drac is a good example of monolith, one of the most peculiar of the relief of this massif. It owes its name to a legend that explains how the Moors brought a dragon to Sant Llorenç which terrified the entire region. After defeating all the knights who confronted him, the Count of Barcelona wounded it to death in this monolith.

Hermitage of Santa Agnès: The hermitage of Santa Agnès had been in the beginning, the residence of the laymen or servants of the monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt. This cave-chapel is located in one of the most untamed and impressive places of the massif. The main cave has beautiful natural sinks full of water and its mouth remains covered by a chapel that takes advantage of the roof and walls of the cavern. Attached to the chapel, there are the ruins of the rooms of the hermitage.

Cave of Sescorts: The cave of Sescorts is located a little below the hill del Drac, on the road of the pass d’Estenalles to la Mola. It is a set of 7 cavities with a distance of approximately 25 meters.


The esplanade of the hill del Drac and the cave of Sescorts have a suitable play area and picnic.

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