Transited since time immemorial, in recent years this road was used to drive cattle in summer to their high Pyrenean pastures.
Constructed by the Romans as a branch of the great Via Augusta that led from Rome across the Pyrenees and into southern Spain, it was once the only link between the valleys of Bianya and Camprodon.
The only remaining Roman part of this road that still exists is a 8-km stretch that runs from Sant Pau de Segúries (in El Ripollès) to the Pas dels Traginers in La Vall de Bianya (La Garrotxa). Nevertheless, a lot of this stretch is still paved and the gutters, bridges, water deposits, and associated quarries and hostels are still perfectly visible. Walk this route with its many hidden charms and travel back 2,000 years in time!
·The Vall de Bianya Landscape Interpretation Centre located in Sant Salvador de Bianya is the best starting-place from which to enjoy this route.
Did you know?
·The Capsacosta Roman road is also known as the Via Annia and this name is the origin of the name of the valley – La Vall de Bianya – through which it runs.
·Max. height: 993 m Min. height: 419 m
·Total climb: 582 m
·Total descent: 94 m
·Distance: 7,6 km approx.
·How? on foot (bikes are not allowed on the Roman road)
·Duration: 3- 4 hr. This timing assumes that you have left a car in La Vall de Bianya (La Garrotxa) and another in Sant Pau de Segúries (El Ripollès). If you walk the Roman road there and back from Vall de Bianya, it will take around 6 hours
·Starting point: Pas del Traginers in La Vall de Bianya
·How to get there: Pas dels Traginers is next to the N-260, about 8 km from Olot and near Mas Coromina
·Signposted? Yes. Information panels and Itinerànnia waymarking
·Itinerànnia 1:50,000 map, Editorial Alpina
·La Garrotxa tourist map