Costa Brava, excursion
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Rocking Stone Pedralta in Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Granite boulder at the Costa Brava near Sant Feliu de Guíxols


Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Rocking stones are a spectacular phenomenon: they are immense rocks so situated that the least touch can make them rock in one certain direction, but which cannot be made to move in any other by all the force that can be applied to them by unaided humans. It seems incomprehensible how they are able to hold their balance, which has led to many myths and legends. It was said, for example, that the rocking stones were a giant’s toy.

On the Costa Brava, near Sant Feliu de Guíxols, we find one of the biggest logans of Europe: The Pedralta is a granite boulder which is approximately 3.5 meters high, 4 meters wide and 6 m long. It used to balance on a tower of rocks which are much smaller than himself. In 1996, however, it lost its natural balance due to an intense storm. It was replaced in 1999, but it is not able to rock any more. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile visiting this impressive geological monument. A little above the Pedralta there is a Mirador from where, on a clear day, one can enjoy spectacular views over the sea and the landscape.

How to get there: Take the southern exit to Sant Feliu de Guíxols and then follow the sign “La Pedralta” right into the mountains. Keep following the deteriorating small asphalt road about 5 km uphill through the oak forest. If you like hiking, of course you can also park your car and walk the same route.

View to the impressive geological monument

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